For the past couple of years I have been giving a way some of the art I created. And I will not stop this tradition and so today I share my free printable circle calendar 2023. A very loved creation and I hope it will cheer up your day for the next coming year if you decide to download it. Print it. And hang it up.➢ Keep on ReadING
This was a long time in the making and I am so happy I finally finished the printable lineart calendar 2022. It is my way of thanking all you lovely online friends for stopping by on this blog and commenting, reading and following along. I really appreciate it. I really love writing here. And it is a wonderful thing that you seem to like it enough to stop by and read. If you are new here please feel welcome. Maybe you stay a while. I’d love that.➢ Keep on ReadING
I do like art. You might have already guessed so much when looking at the continuous Instagram accounts I share here. I even wanted to do my Highschool degree in art but than I would have to take math as a second major. Which wouldn’t have worked out so well. Art has always been part of my life in some form or another. One of my plans is to invest in some real art piece within the next couple years. Currently I am compiling an art wishlist.➢ KEEP ON READING
Another one in the books!
If you followed along on Instagram in the last months you couldn’t miss my crafty endeavor. I challenged myself to learn more about watercoloring and aquarell painting and so I joined the annual fun of #the100dayproject where artist meet and challenge themselves to try new things, dabble with new techniques and just play around.
You may also know that this was my third year in joining (read about #100daysofcraftaliciouspatterns here). And it was the easiest year yet.
Let’s see if I can come up with a little fun list of noteworthy things and stuff I learned along the way:
- You don’t need much to join and get started in this project. Overall I spent approximately 30€ in paint and pens. It could have been even less because in the end I mainly used 1-2 pens. As for the paper I recycled the inner core of where wrapping paper is rolled on to. Of course this took some time preparing and cutting up in my squares but I appreciate using materials that are otherwise a waste.
- To be honest the kraft paper was a real challenge. It had some coating that was water resistant – not ideal for watercoloring. And so I was actually thinking about scrapping it on day 50 to experience with real aquarell paper. (I already got a pad.) I just couldn’t manage to make the edges look all fringed and cool. I am glad I stuck with it though because it made me think outside the box and figure out new ways to achieve what I was trying to get.
- I think I used about eight different techniques for all my images.
- It is very calming to watch the paint move around on paper and find its way.
- I usually only spent a maximum of 15 minutes on the project. A bit longer when I took a process video. (Check it out a compilation on my Instagram highlights).
- Sometimes I felt guilty for not taking longer to do it. I asked myself if I didn’t take it seriously.
- I never really had the feeling I want to quite. I actually complained a week before it ended to Mr. 🖤 that the project will end and that I am so sad.
- I always painted on the assigned date but was slow on posting to Instagram. However I have to admit there where two days where I completely forgot because I was so tired and one day where I deliberately decided to do two pieces the next day.
- I like the blue ones with white pen the best. I actually think they look much more interesting if pen is added.
- I already have two ideas for the next 100 day project. That only proves: Creativity breeds creativity!
When I started the project my goal was to end up with at least 50 pieces or art. In the end I got 74. Here are a few of my faves:
One thought that I had during this project was: When are you being an artist? When is the time you become legit? Who defines what an artist is? Do you have to sell a piece? Do you have a gallery show your work? Do you have to call yourself an artist? I really don’t know and would be interested in your opinion.
Happy weekend and stay crafty,
Do you follow me on Instagram? If so, you might have seen I challenged myself for the last months and drew a little pattern for the last 100 days. Here you can check them out #100daysofcraftaliciouspattern.
I followed Elise on her endeavor of doing 100 pep talks and it was just so inspiring. Then I listened to her podcast about her journey. Immediately I knew I needed to start my own project. I could feel it in my gut that it would be right and somehow I also kinda knew I will manage to write the #100 on one of my paper slips.
And I am so glad I started my 100 day challenge. It was tough at times. I made a tiny list of my take aways. Because who doesn’t love lists…
- 100 different patterns is tough. I felt like I was drawn to paint similar patterns more than once.
- Circles, dots and triangles reappeared often.
- I like the bold pens better than the really fine ones.
- The drawing took place mostly right before bed. However that was more because toward the end it became a chore…
- The best patterns were created when I didn’t pressure myself (surprise right here, no?) and when I wasn’t tired and wanted to head to bed.
- Sometimes I felt like I didn’t give it my all.
- When I didn’t come up with an idea/inspiration I leaved through a magazine or looked around my craft lab.
- Sometimes inspiration hit me totally unprepared. Like my migraine inspired pattern – one of my faves.
- I came across a ton of interesting Instagram accounts during this challenge. I wrote about them here.
So here are my top ten patterns.
And apparently those top three were the most loved ones on Instagram.
What is your fave? And have you ever done a challenge like this?
Happy day to you,
PS: I just realized I must have messed up the count because I only got 98 pictures uploaded on Instagram and missing #15 and #58. Mhm… so did I really do the project or did I fail?!