#The 100 Day Project Vol. 2

 

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This is the second installation of my posts about the 100 day project which started in the beginning of April. Rather than sharing every single day, I decided to only post every 10 days selections of my faves. You can also find more posts on this topic on my instagram account @giaaloha. I hope you will follow me here on the blog and also on my Instagram if you interested in all things paper craft and mixed media.

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USArt Quest Mica Colors watercolor palette. Here I am playing with these pigment watercolor cakes containing mica for lots of pretty shimmer! These are also interference paints, which means they do show on dark paper, if you are into that. I have both the pastel and the metallic palettes and I love them both. 
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This is another sample using the mica colors in the more muted colors which are not usually my first choice. I experimented with adding some marks with pattern/texture stamps on the top layer, and finally added a paper word.
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This is a very simple watercolor sketch of a pear. I have a hard time with not over working my watercolors and this pear was an attempt for me to show restraint. Unfortunately I felt it came out looking more like a potato than a pear. But thats okay- its practice.
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This was a little study comparing translucent effects of some watercolors in an abstract background with the more opaque colors and how they work in layers. 
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I just felt like using my favorite pink color when I painted this fantasy wildflower. This is a color that always makes me happy.

 

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More simple pink wildflowers
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Abstract blue butterfly
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And now back to pink

One of the experiences that I have had in doing this project so far is that it has stirred up a lot of emotions that I was not expecting. I feel as if I have unplugged some blocked energy inside my self and in doing so there was a clearing of sorts that has been taking place. One of the emotions is a feeling of loss that has to do with all of the time and energy that I spend in life doing things that are not art. I feel a profound loss that life is passing by, and so much has to be done for survival and to honor responsibilities that naturally eclipses creative time. But I also acknowledge that if I was suddenly able to spend 100% of my time creating I would inevitably have moments of creative block, boredom, and frustration for other reasons, the most salient one that comes to mind being deprivation in other areas. Maybe it would be in relationships or maybe in material things. I don’t know. But I am wise enough to realize that grass is greener fantasies are pretty useless.

Another emotion I have to describe as frustration with not being able to do things as well as I wish I could, which has a lot to do with not having as much time to dedicate to practice as I would like. But, perhaps, if I was able to spend a lot more time practicing  I would still feel inadequate. The feelings of inadequacy are probably always there under the surface. Lastly, I think that I have been experiencing a profound search for meaning. When I am mindfully focused on doing something with my hands like painting, I feel at peace and I feel relaxed and I recharge my batteries. I feel connected with my soul. The only other time I usually feel exuberant is when I am having a spiritual experience which sometimes happens to me during prayer or other times while enjoying nature such as the beautiful beaches on Maui.

I am going to keep plugging away at this project if for no other reason than that it has been motivating me to go to my little art space on a daily basis and while I am there I linger and tinker on lots of different projects, not just this one. I think I am waiting for an epiphany of some sort that will lead me to making some revolutionary change in my life. But instead I just take one step at a time and keep living one day at a time.

I wonder if others participating in this project are experiencing a similar emotional roller coaster or a clearing in a similar way. I would love to find them if they are out there.

-xGia

#The 100 Day Project

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Step 1: Choose an action and commit to doing it every day for 100 days.

I am choosing creative play with mixed media/collage as my action. I will be working on 4 x 4 index cards but in some cases may adhere other surfaces to them if needed to support my media. 

Step 2: Share your projects on social media with the hashtag #the100dayproject and your own unique hashtag.

My hashtag will be “Gia’s Creative Play”  #giascreativeplay

Step 3: Don’t focus on quality- be as free as possible to experiment and learn. Watch the projects pile up!

I plan to blog a recap for every 10 days of the project! Therefore there will be 10 posts (I don’t want to make it boring- the posting part) Here is my first installation. Notice there are not 10 cards done- well actually there are but I am only sharing some of my favorites. 

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Dragonfly collage: gesso, acrylic paints (Pebeo), white Posco pen, black sharpie, gold and patterned cardstock from Pretty Little Studio. Mandala wood block fabric stamp
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Pineapple collage: Stickers from Amy Tangerine , pattern making stamps from Ashley Goldberg, acrylic paints (Pebeo), stencils (honeycomb and round sequin waste)
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Textural Pineapple: Glass bead gel medium, gesso, watercolor wash, pineapple stencil, washi tape from American Crafts Crate Paper Maggie Holmes
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Honu Collage: Gesso, Shimmerz vibez mist sprays, patterned papers Crate Paper Oasis, texture paste, Mandala wood block fabric stamp, black sharpie
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Illustrated Girl: Cut from a piece of Kaisercraft cardstock, layered on top of colored vellum, background is acrylic paints (Pebeo) and  same old mandala stamp but used with gelli plate to create a monoprint instead of a stamp.
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Triangle Abstract collage: Triangles cut from a Hawaiian postcard, same background as the previous project.

 

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Hibiscus: Sparse acrylic paint spread without gesso and using a brayer. Hibiscus stenciled in acrylic paint and then embossing powder.

This project would not be possible if I did not commit to waking up 1 hour earlier each morning to dedicate the time. After only one week I already feel better in so many ways. There is no such thing as finding time to create, there is only making time to create. I am blessed to have supplies, space, and a supportive family. See you again soon!

-xGia