Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Why Online Challenges are Great Creativity Boosters - The 100 Day Challenge - Part 1

Happy Tuesday!

Today I am sharing twenty pieces of what started out being simple, small art.  These are the posts for my first 20 days of the #100dayproject on Instagram.  If you follow my friend Marjie's blogyou know that she is also participating in this creativity party that began on Instagram on April 19th.   She organized her post with these collaged squares of squares, and it seemed like a great way to organize them.  So thank you Marjie!

Each square represents 4 days of posts on Instagram.  

The only requirement to be part of the challenge was to commit to some kind of daily creativity (writing, art, photo, cooking - whatever!).  I came up with the idea of #100daysofquirkycritters, and Marjie decided on #100daysofsmallsquares. You can find both our Instagram feeds here: Jessica's Instagram and Marjie's Instagram.

My critters started out pretty simply, with the funny owl, goose, cow and pig in the first picture, above.  But pretty soon, they got more and more detailed, with bits of color and stories coming with each picture.  

I was having so much fun with them, that I decided to turn some of them into a new greeting card line called "Just Add Color."  

As I'm writing this, my rep is at the Surface and Textile Design Show in New York, showing these to possible clients. What do you think?  Is a line of "color your own" greeting cards a good idea?  I hope so!!

Then... a course I'm taking called MATS (Make Art That Sells) Bootcamp gave us the prompt of Medieval motifs and illuminated lettering.  And my quirky critters began to inhabit a Medieval lettered alphabet.    

Another mixed media friend doing this challenge is Michelle Rydelle, who is creating 100 Journal Pages for this challenge under the hashtag #100journalpagesforshelley2016.  And there are many more.  If you go on Instagram, searching #100dayproject will show you so many imaginative and beautiful entries. 

I hope you'll stay tuned to see how the rest of my alphabet shapes up.  And you can jump into the challenge any time.   If you're participating in the challenge, please leave your handle and hashtag in the comments.  I'd love to see what you're doing!

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  1. Oh. . .your quirky citters are so adorable. I really love the one with the rooster, fox, and flowers. However, your alphabet ones are really fabulous too! I can't wait to watch the whole line emerge. I think your idea of color-in cards is great. But, I have to admit that I have seen a few of those while out and about. Yours are unique and have your own spin on them though. So, I say GO FOR IT!
    As for jumping in on the 100 day challenge. . .it sounds like a ton of fun but I'll sit this one out as I'm having a hard time completing creative tasks weekly right now. I am enjoying the inspiration though! Thank you!!

  2. Your critters look maaaahvelous! Amazing how quickly this new collection came together. Thanks for the shout-out, too!

  3. You amaze me! LOVE that you drew all of these, and I HOPE you do get a new line! You rock!

  4. Love your quirky critters! And yes, they make fantastic greeting cards! Serendipity? I've recently been researching illuminated lettering - I like your take on it, fun fun fun!

  5. oh wow, these are so great! I love all your quirky critters!

  6. How creative! Best wishes for success with your new venture!

  7. You are so right Jesica, online workshops are great for the creativity boost. Thanks for all you do to encourage others, in doing so it blesses the one who inspires right? mrsjetjr at yahoo dot com


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