Starting the 100 Day Project 2017

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The 100 Day Project starts today. Last year I created a hand drawn pattern every day and this year I’m going to create some hand lettering every day. I’m leaving it quite open so that I have the option to create a hand lettered word, phrase, quotation or a single letter.

Because I have the 365 Days to a Portfolio challenge that I’m working on 3 days a week I didn’t want to create a lot of extra work for myself on those days, so my plan is to incorporate my hand lettering into those drawings. Again, that might be a word, phrase or a relevant quotation. I’ll digitise my work when I can but I can’t commit to doing that every single day.

This feels like a big challenge but I’m looking forward to seeing how it goes.

Are you joining the 100 Day Project this year? What are you working on?

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Preparing for The 100 Day Project 2017

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The 100 Day Project starts again this year on 4th April. If you’ve never heard of The 100 Day Project, it’s a free art project open to anyone, where you choose a creative action to repeat every day for 100 days.

I took part for the first time last year and created 100 patterns in my tiny sketchbooks. I really enjoyed it and creating technical repeat patterns from my artwork has become almsot second nature to me now.

I’ve not decided yet what I’m going to choose for this year’s 100 Day Project. I have a few thoughts but nothing nailed down just yet.

Have you taken part in The 100 Day Project? Will you be joining in this year?

Patterned Alphabet

Last week I completed my latest daily drawing project which was to combine pattern making (something I already do regularly) with lettering (something I want to do more of). These are my 26 finished letters. I created the outlines for some using a pencil and ruler but most were done freehand, and I used all kinds of different mediums – watercolour paint, watercolour pencils, and various different pens. All the images at the top of this post are clickable if you want to see a bigger version of any of the letters.

The sketchbook I used was a Stillman and Birn Beta sketchbook, which I’ve loved using. Thankfully I have a second one that I’m using for some other work at the moment, and my next daily sketchbook is going to be a Hahnemuhle watercolour book. I’ve never used that brand before so I’m looking forward to giving it a try.

I hope you had/ are having a happy and peaceful holiday season and I’ll be back here in 2017! Next Monday I’m re-opening my Etsy shop and there’ll be a few short-term special offers and some new products too, so keep an eye out for those! In the meantime you can see what I’m up to each day on Instagram. See you next week!

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Starting a Lettering Project

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This week I decided to start a new daily project. Lately I’ve been using the patterns I made earlier in the year to create one-off original watercolour artwork that I’m selling in my shop, and I’ve also made some technical repeat patterns from some of them.

Building on that I’ve decided to work on my hand lettering and over the next 24 days (I started yesterday and have already done today’s) I plan on creating a patterned letter in my sketchbook each day. My idea is to work through the alphabet and create a new design each day. No doubt some will be more complex and others quite simple. That is as far as my plan goes at the moment so I’m just going to see how things develop over the next few weeks.

Have you got any creative projects on the go at the moment?

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Oh, and if you were thinking of ordering from my Etsy shop in time for Christmas, these are my final posting dates, so if you’re in Africa or the Middle East you need to get your order in today (Wednesday 30th November)! I’ll be closing the doors to my shop on Friday 16th December and re-opening in early January so if you want something before then, don’t miss your chance – especially if it’s a one-off rather than a print or card!

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