Craft, Process, Sketchbook

Lessons from 100 Moons

I’m participating in The 100 Day Project organized by Elle Luna and The Great Discontent. The idea is simple: do something every day for 100 days and document the process. The inspiration for the assignment comes from designer and teacher Michael Bierut.

I love this project because it is about routines, collective creation, and revealing the tiny steps behind finished pieces of work. I love this project but I’m not good at following the rules. There’s something about a routine that magnifies my learning. Participating in The 100 Day Project, however badly, is teaching me. Here’s some of what I’m learning:

Perfection Kills Creation

I went to AC Moore and bought a tiny sketchbook to use for the project. It seemed meaningful that the notebook I wanted had exactly 100 sheets of paper. I had this vision of filling the notebook with a moon on every page. On day 2, day 4, and day 5 I made moons I didn’t like. Since I had only 100 pages and wanted to make 100 moons I had to save the “mistakes” and keep going.

Compliment Strangers

When I click on #the100dayproject my screen lights up with beautiful work. Liking other people’s pictures and commenting on their process inspires me to keep going with mine. It makes me feel like I am part of a network of people who are thinking, making, and sharing.

Just Start

I’m behind on this project and I never know what day I’m supposed to be on. My day 100 will probably be everyone else’s day 152. Sometimes, I feel like I’m too busy, too tired, or too uninspired to sit down for 10 minutes and draw a moon (which is truly just a circle!) The trick, that I have to learn over and over again, is to put the little notebook down on the table and pull out some supplies. If I can get that far I’ll get to work.

Take a Daily Dose of Magic

I wanted to make moons for this project because it’s a mysterious planet that inspires so much poetry. On the days when I sit down and look at the moon’s phase, leaf through my books for words that I love, and play with pen and paint, I get a daily dose of magic.

I’m on Instagram as @heidisistare.

 

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