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The Transformative Power of the 100DayProject: Art, Wellbeing, and Personal Growth

As I gear up for another round of the 100DayProject, I’m keen to share my artistic endeavours, the connection between art and wellbeing and the the warmth that art can bring to our lives.

Art and Wellbeing: A Symbiotic Relationship

Before delving into the upcoming 100-day journey, let’s explore the connection between art and mental health.

Art, in its various forms, has proven benefits that extend beyond mere creative expression:

Thea’s mindmap on Art & Wellbeing

Engaging in artistic activities can serve as a gateway to stress relief and mental calmness. Whether wielding a paintbrush, pen or piece of polymer clay, the focus on the creative process rather than the result becomes my sanctuary.

The challenges posed when practising art, such as considering colour, lines, shapes, and textures, transform the act of creation into an enjoyable problem-solving adventure. This journey, where the process itself is the reward, fosters not only a quiet mind but also creative growth without the burden of perfection.

I’m particularly drawn to abstract drawing as I find it a comforting outlet for creativity, free from prescribed expectations and restrictions.

The Benefits of the 100-Day Project: A Catalyst for Growth

​The 100DayProject is an art challenge with a very simple premise: Choose a creative project, do it every single day for 100 days, and share your process on social media using the hashtag #The100DayProject.

Participating in the 100-Day Project comes with a multitude of benefits that extend beyond the realm of art:

Examples of Thea’s work from previous 100DayProjects: Head of Family batik motif developed into jewellery design

Overcoming Perfectionism: Daily posting forces participants to move past perfectionist tendencies, focusing on consistent creation rather than flawless outcomes.

Building Community: Sharing the creative process daily fosters a community emotionally connected to the artist, creating a powerful bond.

Skill Development: Daily practice builds muscle memory and skillsets, making it easier to manifest creative visions.

Examples of Thea’s work from previous 100DayProjects: Fleur lino-cut postcards

Creative Eye Development: The project sharpens the participant’s ability to notice details like lines, shapes, light, and colour.

Continuous Improvement: The project pushes creators to overcome plateaus, challenging themselves to improve and explore new territories.

Examples of Thea’s work from previous 100DayProjects: Nkrumah’s Pencil batik motif developed into jewellery

Visual Record of Progress: Daily posts create a visual record of improvement, boosting confidence and showcasing the evolution of skills.

Style Development: Over time, participants develop and refine a unique artistic style.

Building a Body of Work: The completed project yields a substantial collection of work, serving as a foundation for future projects, inspiration, or potential products for sale.

Navigating Successes and Failures: A Personal Reflection

While my initial journey into the 100-Day Project during the tumultuous year of 2020 was rewarding, subsequent attempts presented challenges. Balancing commitments along with daily creation, photography and social media posting proved overwhelming at times, leading to unfinished projects. My 2024 plan, however, holds promise for a more manageable and fulfilling experience.

Aims for 2024: Balancing Passion and Practicality

Quote by James Clear. Image is a lino cut created by Thea as part of the 2021 100DayProject, along with a Fleur neckpiece in process.

For this year’s 100-Day Project, I’ve considered James Clear’s advice on habits — choosing something sustainable even on the toughest days. Here are my aims and aspirations for the upcoming project:

Areas to Focus On:

  • More time on freeform art practice.
  • Introducing breaks within the project, including weekends off.
  • Less time on social media planning and posting.

Photo by Paul Fiedler on Unsplash

Exciting Pursuits:

  • Building my confidence to ‘disturb’ a clean page.
  • Privately exploring colours, shapes, forms, lines, composition, and texture and how I characterise them or read meaning into their combined composition.
  • Learning to create unrestricted shapes, experimenting with random themes and doodles.

Photo by hao wang on Unsplash

Approach to Social Media:

  • Regular progress sharing 2-3 times a week.
  • Simple posts with no detailed captions, solely emphasising the day’s count, (‘Day 1/100’ etc).
  • Weekends off for a balanced creative experience.

Photo by hao wang on Unsplash

As I embark on this year’s 100-Day Project, the anticipation is coupled with valuable insights from past experiences. The project not only serves as a creative outlet but also as a tool for personal growth, community building, and a celebration of the profound impact that art can have on our overall wellbeing.

Stay tuned on Instagram for updates on my journey, and let’s explore the transformative power of creativity together!

The100DayProject launches this year on 18 Feb 2024

Thea x

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