Two years ago I took part in my first 100 Day Project, creating 100 paintings of watercolor flowers. 100 days is a good amount of time to improve your skills – and to have a worthwhile selection of art to show for your efforts at the end. On the downside, there were days when I really couldn’t create anything I liked and I was sorely tempted to drop out. 100 days of doing something also helps show how your abilities can improve with daily effort!

So how can you join in with the 100 day project? Fortunately there is a wonderful site you can go to and read all about it. Essentially the project begins on Tuesday April 4, and runs through to Wednesday July 12. You follow Elle Luna and Lindsay Jean Thomson on Instagram – if you don’t have an Instagram account, they are very easy to set up! The names are links directly through to their accounts so you can follow them.

Next you have to decide on your medium of choice for this year’s 100 day project. You can take photos, create art, work on an ongoing project, e.g. a quilt, draw what is outside your window each day – the options are endless! You can also go here on Instagram and see some work from previous years. I would advise you to pick something fairly quick to do – if you decide to create a huge piece each day, it will soon become a chore not a pleasure.

Then come up with a hashtag for your project and declare your intention to participate. Follow this link and scroll down the page. Select an image from the page to upload to your Instagram account and post it with this hashtag: #100dayproject. Don’t forget to add this hashtag to your work in addition to your own hashtag each day so others can find and follow you – and you them. This use of hashtags changes the project from being an individual effort into a collective effort.

So you have about three weeks to come up with a 100 day project art idea – and make sure you have enough supplies on hand. This is by far the hardest part, but the outcome of sticking with it is very much worth all the effort you put in!

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