When a friend of mine pointed me in the direction of the 100 Day Project*, I was immediately on-board. It wasn't until Day #1, though, that I knew what I would do. It wasn't that I didn't have enough ideas - it was that I had too many.
Since I had a gazillion brilliant ideas (I know; it's a curse), I knew I needed some parameters. I created these boundaries: it had to be something that would be easy to do while traveling, fairly simple if and when I needed it to be, and interesting enough to hold my attention for over three months.
In the end, I decided to make paper buildings.
It's challenging enough to keep me engaged and to help me grow - I have to think about 3-D objects, maintain decent scale, and create visual interest. It's also simple enough that while I had the flu I was still able to complete a few of them. They are decidedly not good, in fact I haven't even yet included them in the collection - but that's because immediately after feeling better I had to pack and leave for a week and a half in Florida and by the time I came home the first five or six buildings were already lagging in quality. I can't wait to see where I'm at by the end of the 100 days!
As for being easy to do while traveling, I only have to carry paper, a pen, scissors, and glue. It's the lightest artist travel kit I've packed in years. It's been a lot of fun incorporating the architecture of the area I'm visiting, too.
The project officially began on April 4th, 2017 and will go until July 12th, but anyone can join any time (you can either catch up or just pick your own start date and go 100 days from there). Have you ever done this challenge before? If so, what did you do? If not, what ideas do you have about what you could do?
*The 100 Day Project is an art project that any one can join - all you have to do is pick one creative thing (write a poem, sing a song, dance, sketch, juggle something) and do it everyday for 100 days. You post it on Instagram with the hashtag #the100dayproject and friends, both old and new, can follow along. It's awesome.