THE 100 DAY PROJECT 2021 | MEDITATE + PAINT

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The 100 Day Project is starting early this year but I am ready to take it on for the second time! If you’re not familiar, here’s a little more about this global art project and what my plans are for my 2021 project!

WHAT IS THE 100 DAY PROJECT?

The premise for the 100 Day Project is very simple: pick a creative project, do it every day for 100 days, and share your process online. It’s a huge project that thousands of people participate in–it’s incredibly inspiring and motivating to be a part of this community and see what everyone is up to.

There are no rules as to what your project is–that is entirely up to you! They range from daily sketches to photography to mini essays to sewing scrap fabrics and so much more! If you need ideas, browse through the #the100dayproject hashtag on Instagram.

WHEN DOES IT BEGIN?

This year, the project will begin January 31st. There is no set start date, each year has been different. This is the first time it’s taking place so early in the year though–it usually starts in the spring!

MY 2021 PROJECT: MEDITATE + PAINT FOR 100 DAYS

My project this year is to spend 5 minutes meditating each day followed by painting 1 stroke onto a canvas.

By the end of 100 days, I hope to have cultivated a meditation practice and have a completed work of art created with 100 strokes/splatters/smears!

This project was inspired by a few things: a meditation paint box that I had not opened since last April, wanting to explore an art form other than lettering, wanting to create a piece of art for my tiny home, and facing my fear of not knowing how a creative project will turn out–but doing it anyway! My goal is to find joy in the process and in the moment–see how I am feeling each day and make a mark on my blank canvas.

For now, I’m keeping my paint colors to just white and black and all the greys the two will make. Other than that, there are no other rules–I am so excited to dabble in painting and try different techniques (especially smearing paint like @Mogleameg and @CourtSeniorArt)!

I’ll be sharing daily on my tiny home Instagram account since this is art I’ll be creating for my space, but I’ll also share updates on @Atiliay as well!

TWO TAKEAWAYS FROM PRIOR PROJECTS

I have failed and succeeded at completing a project (I did 100 Days of Alphabet Connections last year) and my big takeaway is to make the daily task 15 min or less and very focused!

I found that if I knew exactly what I needed to do and it could be completed in a short amount of time, I was setting myself up for success. On the flip side, if I had to take a lot of time to think or plan each day prior to the task, it slows down the whole process and I lose motivation and inspiration!

It was also helpful and fun to be able to visually see the progress–I used a bulletin board to pin up each day’s work and seeing it fill up made me want to keep going until the entire board was complete! If you can do something similar for your project, I highly suggest it!

And posting daily on Instagram also helped to keep me accountable.

JOIN ME!

I invite you to join me and embark on a 100 Day Project of your own! If you like what I am doing and would like to do the same, feel free! If you don’t have a canvas or paint, the same thing can be done with a piece of paper and pencils/pens/markers/watercolor you have at home. Take a look around at what you have that can be utilized! You can also order supplies from a local craft store too.

If you create a project and plan on sharing it on Instagram, it’s nice to make a hashtag for it so you can have all your project posts in one place. I would love to follow along so let me know what your project is and hashtag if you have one!

Here’s to 100 days of creative exploration!


MY WORD OF THE YEAR

Better Letters in 15 - Jan 2021 Mini Challenge

I love the start of a fresh new year and all the possibilities that come with it! It feels like a much needed reset and a great time to put your intentions out into the world. I’ve been picking a word at the start of January for the past few years–it helps me set the tone, describes what I am feeling, and keeps me focused! With that said, I choose it while giving myself permission to be flexible with it if that’s what I need during a particular space and time.

I chose “fearless” because there are a lot of things in this world I am fearful and concerned about right now—but there are also things that I have the power to be courageous about.

Not so much jumping outta planes or bungee jumping 😅—for me it’s being fearless about creative choices, new projects, making mistakes, not being “perfect”, living life on my own terms, asking questions, not knowing what’s next, asking for help, saying yes to the unknown, speaking up, quietly processing, embracing the unpredictable future.

Fearlessness may feel like it needs to be bold or loud, but it can also be quiet, unseen, something that happens on the inside.

It might seem like an odd word to pick for the times we live in but while I have my worries, I know there’s a balance between not living in fear, staying safe, challenging myself, and moving forward.

Do you have a word for 2021?

I hope your year is off to a wonderful start! I hope it brings you much joy, peace, inspiration, and creativity in the days to come!

PS: The first free Mini Better Letters In 15 Challenge is lettering your word of the year 5 different ways! If you’d like to participate, click here to sign up to get the free worksheets and instructions!


MY 2020-21 WINTER LIST

Winter Bucketlist Template by Atiliay.com

Happy 2021! I couldn’t think of a better way to start off my new year than with filling in my 2020 Winter List with activities and things I am excited to do this season! It took me awhile to think of what I wanted to add to it but I am really looking forward to getting some things checked off!

Here’s my list, all filled out, below, along with my summer and autumn list (I was able to check everything off of that one!) You can also find an Instagram reels video sharing a peek of the process by clicking here.

Seasonal Bucketlist Templates by Atiliay.com

I’ve included a few new habits I wanted to create (starting off very small and attainable and hoping to build up!), some organization projects for the start of the year, creative projects, and some activities for self-care. What is on your bucket list for this season?

If you’re interested in downloading this template and filling your own list out, sign up for my newsletter by clicking here to get instant access to the PDF Library. You’ll be able to find this download–along with many more–in it! I hope you are having a cozy winter so far! :)


JANUARY MINI BETTER LETTERS IN 15 CHALLENGE

The first Mini Better Letters in 15 Challenge of 2021 is here!

The Better Letters in 15 Challenge is a set of FREE brush lettering worksheets based on the idea that 15 minutes of practice per day will help you improve your lettering! It is something that has worked for me and I wanted to create a fun and easy way to do this.

I started off with one big challenge per year then began creating monthly mini challenges so that we can continue to get lettering practice and inspiration, even when the big challenges aren’t happening.

I thought we could ease into 2021 with a challenge to help us reflect, set intentions, and dabble in different lettering styles: we will be choosing a word for the year and lettering it 5 different ways!

If you’d like to join in on this, be sure to sign up for the Better Letters In 15 list to get the emails and links to previous challenges by clicking here:

After picking a word that speaks to you, we will be lettering 4 different versions of it. Worksheets and directions are provided to walk you through the steps. This month’s PDFs include:

– Challenge checklist
– Bounce variation worksheet and example
– Spacing variation worksheet and example
– Print variations worksheet and examples
– Final worksheet to letter your word in the 5 different ways we go over

My word is “fearless” and you’ll be seeing me use that in the examples in the worksheets. Here’s a peek at what they look like:

Better Letters in 15 - Jan 2021 Mini Challenge

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I hope you enjoy this month’s challenge and hope it helps you practice and explore lettering in a new way! See you in the challenge emails and happy lettering!


INKTOBER 2020 | PART 4 – IT’S A WRAP!

Inktober 2020 by Olivia of Atiliay.com

WE REACHED THE FINISH LINE! Here’s my last page of Inktober!

Wow, I can’t believe it’s already day 31! When we first started, the idea of doing all the prompts was a little daunting and it seemed like it’d take a long time to get to the end! But in reality, it flew by.

My favorite part was looking up what the day’s prompt was and trying to figure out how to translate it into lettering. Which definition of the word should I use? How do I want it to feel? What’s the look I’m going for? This year I tried to go outside of what I normally do and experiment more with different forms and shapes as well as add more drawings.

If you had asked me to draw 4 pages of letters this month, it would have felt like too much. But breaking it down into 1 (or 2 if I was a little behind!) drawings a day was completely doable. I enjoyed this project so much and creating just for the fun of it!

Here’s a look back at all the prompts!

If you’re interested in joining in, Inktober continues on throughout the year in the form of Inktober52, one prompt a week. You can learn more here.

I am already thinking of Inktober 2021 and am excited to take on the challenge again–until next year!


INKTOBER 2020 | PART 3

Inktober 2020 by Olivia of Atiliay.com

Another page of Inktober is complete! I was able to fit days 18 – 28 on here–now just 3 more days left!

I didn’t plan for there to be so many doodles but that’s how it ended up! My favorites to draw were dizzy, coral, chef, and float! Actually I enjoyed drawing all of them :)

If you’d like to see my Inktober entries in real time, head over to my Instagram. And while you are there, be sure to browse through the Inktober hashtag to support other artists and creators! It’s a great way to discover new people, art, and ideas!

As we wrap up the October mini challenge, I am getting ready for the November one! The email about it has already been sent out, but you can join at anytime! If you’d like to participate, be sure to sign up for the challenge emails by clicking here (this is different than Atiliay’s regular newsletters). You’ll get access to the challenge page and be able to find all the worksheets and details there. November is all about practicing daily lettering and gratitude–I am looking forward to it!