The project poses the question, ‘What could you do with 100 days of making?’. Initially designer/teacher, Michael Beirut started the idea as a personal project following 9/11. He then assigned it to his design students with a simple brief that said, “Starting on this date, pick a design activity that you can repeat every day for the next 100 days. On the 100th day, put it in a form that you can present to the class.”
Read more about the projects origins in an interview with Michael here on TGD. For a full overview on this years #The100DayProject and details, inspiration and tips about how you can participate head here. Take a peek at One Chair 100 Days by Hilla Katki it's pretty hilarious. Who knew a chair could be so useful?!
Why am I telling you all this? I'm committing to the challenge starting today!!
My project is: 100 days of painting portraits on paper. Why?
1. I love faces
2. I have enough paper, paints and brushes in my studio so no need to buy anything
3. To explore colour, shape and pattern while using a limited set of paints to work my paint mixing muscles
I’m excited about point 3 since I have little experience painting or mixing paint colours and I'm interested to discover what I learn along the way. The paint colours I’m using are: Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Medium Hue, Cadmium Red Medium Hue, Phthalo Blue and French Ultramarine Blue. I hear you can mix just about any colour with these so hopefully thats true and with practice I won't end up making mud.
If you'd like to follow along I’ll be posting a roundup each Sunday here on my blog as well as daily updates on Instagram with the hashtag #100DaysOfPortraitsOnPaperByEvie
Are you playing too? Let me know what you're doing and what your hashtag is in the comments below or on Instagram so I can follow you.