I am about to embark on a big creative journey that it will take me about 365 days to accomplish. It is a 365 Project of Somethings in 2018, and you are invited to join me!
Are you daring enough to give such a huge project a try? It can be scary and lonely out on the Creative Sea, all on your own, so that’s why I thought we could go together? If you’ll take the leap with me?
Attitude is the difference between ordeal and adventure
I will set sail on January 1st 2018 and I aim to be back in the harbour with this project at the end of the year. If you can’t commit for such a long journey, you can join me here on the blog once a week and leave me encouragement and strength to continue. In case you’ve always thought that doing a year long project would be fun, maybe you’ll consider doing it with me this time?
I’m calling this project Project 365 Somethings because I want to invite everyone to join in and do their own things. To know what “something” you want to commit to, you must first look at your biggest passions and start from there.
My 365 project is about Collage
If you’re new to this blog or me, you might not know that I have some experience with doing big projects. I have successfully done two year-long creative projects, one with Art Cards and one of 365 Collages in 2013. But that was in another life, and a long time ago. Right now I feel very scared to announce this idea of mine. But I have been thinking about it for months, and 2018 feels like a “now or never” kind of year for me. If I can’t make next year a better year for me creatively, economically and emotionally, I must do something more drastic than this. So I will give Project 365 Somethings a try, and I will count on you, my dear readers, to help me along the way.
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
William Arthur Ward
I will do 365 collages again, with a pinch of mixed media and acrylic paint on top. Or at least that’s what I’m thinking right now. I have a pile of vintage target practice papers that are square (my prefered canvas form) and perfect for this project.
My 365 Project Velocity
Just like I have done in the past, I will aim to create seven square collages every week, and post finished artworks on this blog. I will not create daily, because I know myself to well to attempt that, but I will try to create 1-3 collage every creative sitting, or every second day approximately. It’s not important to me when I create these artworks, just that I do it.
If you want to be a cheerleader or a participant, leave me a comment below. You don’t need to decide today, but I wanted to get the idea out before Christmas so that everyone who wants to join will have some time to ponder their own “rules” for participating.
My personal rules will be easy on me: Start and see what happens Hanna. That’s it. This project for me is about creative joy, the square format, the playfulness of mixed media and having fun with all my neglected paper scraps. About being an artist and gaining momentum in my own way. About finding my own voice, one step at a time. It’s a way to get going every week with something creative, and to share the process with you guys here on the blog.
Join the Project 365 Somethings & make it your own
To join just let me know where you will be posting (a blog is the perfect place, but Instagram is also an option of course) and what you will be creating below, and I’ll compile a list here on the blog so we can help each other out and stay accountable.
You can start by committing to doing something weekly or daily for January, and see how that feels. A 365 Project is not for everyone, and maybe not as easy at it sounds. And it doesn’t have to be collage or even a finished piece of art that you do either. It can be a poem you write, an index card you fill, doodles in a specific sketchbook, an art journal page or a photo a day for the entire year. It all depends on what you enjoy the most, because if you pick what you enjoy the most you’re most likely to stick with the project in the long term.
So, what will your personal 365 Project Somethings be?
Personally I’ve got several BIG things I want to accomplish and plan out for next year, but I think I also need this thing that is just for me. For my creativity and sanity. To bring back the joy of art into my life. To bring me some calm moments that does not have to be about money and worry and health issues. And maybe for you, as encouragement and inspiration?
To simply announce this project today (finally) feels huge to me. So scary but also exciting. Have you ever heard the expression “do the thing that scares you most”? This is one of those things for me right now. I can’t remember being this scared the last time, scared of committing, scared of failing, scared of being disappointed in the project or in myself, or not making it go anywhere or…
Thank you reading and joining in what ever way you like. You’re the best!
Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away
Antoine de Saint-Exupťry
Further reading for 365 Project Something Inspiration
- My 365 Creative Process
- How to plan for a successful 365 Project
- How to stay organized with a 365 Project
- Resources for a Wildly Successful & Creative 365 Project – how to join this 365 project, where to find peers, a blog list and some further inspiration
Wish me luck, will you? Just as I wish you luck in planning for a wonderful, creative and wildly successful year!