Project 365 is a 2021 project in which I aim to produce an artwork a day and sharing it. These will range from sketches to paintings to sculptures. Some are available to purchase on my store, and some are experiments with materials. This experimentation will expand my knowledge of how I can use materials within larger artworks and expand my practice as an artist.
September for me, was a month of planning, preparation and exploration. To be prepared for the fairs and events that I have booked onto in October, November, and December, I designed and started to make all of my Christmas stock. I know people start buying earlier and earlier each year, so I wanted my range to be available for all the early birds out there.
I also prepared for the Swindon and Cricklade Railway Military Weekend by designing more vehicles to print onto cards, and original artwork that I could display and sell. Exploring maths and patterns felt homely again, although by the end of the month, I was itching to do something different – yet again. I made some bigger decisions regarding my practice for next year once Project 365 has been completed. I used my creative time to think about what I really want to do, and even looked to open a new online shop in October, where it would have all my current artwork for sale.
Scroll for hints on what my Christmas range looks like, or head to my online shop to start browsing now –
244/365 – Prepping – This is a little sneak peak into the Christmas prototypes I’ve been making! Trying to make as many as I can over the next couple of days so then I can concentrate on painting some canvases over the weekend. ⠀ What are your plans for the weekend?
245/365 – Promise – I spent all night last night making prototype card fronts for all my Christmas cards and gift tags! After getting A LOT of card, I’ll be ready to start making them very soon. First, I’ll be celebrating an anniversary with my love ✨
246/365 – Designing – I’m still on a little Christmas binge to make sure I’ve prepped all my designs before I start making them more in bulk. You may have seen me asking about these colours in my stories. Which you do prefer?
247/365 – Celebrate – Got to celebrate our anniversary over the weekend. I love making individual cards for family and friends. I might share a couple others that I was super proud of. But it was really lovely to do simple things together and have a laugh too! ⠀ My new online store is well on its way and it will have all the products I have available to purchase. It will include originals, prints and gifts, and all my handmade products too! I’ll hopefully be launching it the same time as my Christmas range.
248/365 – Planning – The last of my planning pages for the Christmas baubles! I put a poll up on my stories the other day to help decide on which colours to do as I was only going to do four… but I’ve now got prototypes of all six colours! Can’t wait to show them all to you and officially announce my Christmas collection ✨⠀
249/365 – Shh – Okay so this is the last of the Christmas posts for a little while, I promise! I just can’t believe how excited I’m getting over painting and designing baubles.
250/365 – WIP – I’ve been working on this canvas for a couple of weeks but it was pretty much blank until today. I’ve been quickly applying small, thick layers to build up these different pinks. I’m thinking a pink morning sky with wonderful yellows, but as usual I’m not planning too much for it may all go wrong that way!
251/365 – Finally – It’s felt like weeks since I started these designs in my sketchbook but I’ve finally gotten round to starting the series of 6 on paper. The first is from the original yellow one I did. I found the pattern I was following was a bit empty so I added more yellow squares in. The pattern is no four in a row!
252/365 – II – there is so much going on behind the scenes here to prep for the next few weeks of craft shows and the big event that many celebrate at the end of the year! I’m glad I’ve been able to sit down and paint this tonight though. I can’t wait to do the others and complete the series ✨
253/365 – III – I really enjoyed painting this blue version today. It felt really peaceful and reminded me of being on the ocean, with nature. Feeling productive this evening with some card making. How’s your day been?
254/365 – Catch Up – In preparation for the Military fair this weekend, I wanted to design some new vehicle cards that will be for sale. This is an electric plane, the first in the world (or so the article said!). It was a fascinating process to be able to get this to fly. Have a Google, you might find it interesting too ✨⠀ ⠀So over the past week or so I wanted to take a little social media break, to only go on when I wanted to post, or so I planned. I ended up not posting and spending even more time scrolling! Reigning it all back in now with some controlled time to post and comment, and some more time for me and creating.
255/256 – Drawing these has been really fun and I’ve enjoyed the challenge of layering different colours to create different effects. For this one, I ended up using orange on top of the yellow, which has created that shading effect around the helicopter without using a harsh grey. ⠀ ⠀Did you know, not all air ambulances are yellow?⠀
256/365 – Trains have been a major part of travel all around the world for many years. I love how each train I see has its own character. I make sure that I have a drawing a colour version of each of my vehicles so if I don’t capture that character, I can have another go ✨
257/365 – Where would a military weekend be without tanks? This one was a special request from the other half to see what it would turn out like, and the little hint of green, for me, makes it complete!⠀ ⠀Don’t forget to join me this weekend at the Swindon and Cricklade Railway. ⠀
258/365 – My entire Christmas launch is not being counted towards Project 365, so I’ll be continuing with that throughout the festive period. This is adding further to the vehicles I’ve drawn as I couldn’t miss out a steam train after watching them all day at the last Swindon and Cricklade Railway event. There’s just something so calming about them 🚂 ⠀
259/365 – One thing I have missed is flying, or going to events where you can see beasts like these and support the people who travel in them. I thoroughly enjoyed drawing this piece and there’s only one more to share in this mini collection of colourful vehicles.
260/365 – I’ve not done a design this large in a while, where I’ve had to be creative in the block colouring and the layering of the colours to create the right effect of highlights and shade. Challenging, but in a soft and playful way. ⠀ I’ve been at the Military Weekend at Swindon and Cricklade railway all day. If you missed me, we will be there again tomorrow 🚂⠀
261/365 – IV – Got back to the squares series I started after drawing the vehicles. I wanted something a little more than just the primary colours, so the secondary colours have come out. I’m still following the no connect four pattern. The purple just feels so soothing.
262/365 – V – Its always interesting to me how different green hues react with white. For example, this green goes a slightly luminous colour without it being luminous. I feel like I’m back at secondary school in the first week of year 7, learning my colour wheel in art class. ⠀
263/365 – VI – I felt like I was bringing some sunshine in with this set of orange hues, brightening up the day. I found it slightly more difficult to achieve the range of colours that I wanted to with the orange, as whatever I put down felt like it was something that I had already done. I arrived on though to complete the series ✨⠀
264/365 – Spare – I made up a spare grid for the squares pieces in case one of them went dramatically wrong and I wanted to start again. Luckily that didn’t happen so I thought I would try the flowers on paint that I tried in my sketchbook a while back. I feel like it’s not necessarily my most successful piece in terms of what I wanted it to be like, but I enjoyed the process of the making ⠀
265/365 – Only 100 days to go, can you believe it? This year has flown by.. I’ve got so much going on at the moment, I thought about doing mini pieces but I also wanted to expand my flower drawing knowledge. I had another grid spare so I decided to go for it. On the days that I’m overwhelmingly busy, I going to add to this grid. Each square is going to be a different flower, a different plant. I’m excited to watch this one grow ✨
266/365 – Roses were yesterday and daisy flowers today. These are the two flowers I’m most comfortable with but there’s a whole grid here to fill. What flowers would you like me to draw?
267/365 – This is the first day of trying something new with these flowers. It’s been nice to sit down for a little while and just concentrate on a little square. There’s been no massive pressure to create a large finished piece every day and it’s made me enjoy the process so much more. I can also concentrate on making all my Christmas stock too!⠀
268/365 – The Swindon and Cricklade Railway Military Weekend was fantastic and I even got to sit down and do a little sketch in practice for all the commission interest I got! An ear, and a nose and tongue, taken from photos of my own bears
269/365 – There was a gorgeous car opposite our stall on the second day of the Swindon and Cricklade Railway Military Weekend. How could I miss the opportunity to have a sketch? ⠀
270/365 – The aftermath of a fair or event is super big, getting all the stock counted and sorted, putting all the boxes away, and making sure everything is clean before the next event. So instead of doing anything big, I cracked down into another square in my flower challenge. Four squares down, sixty to go!⠀
271/365 – I’ve added a little bit to this to make it a little fuller. I’m looking at finishing this later in the year as I’ve got some exciting things to share with you first!
272/365 – New Sketchbook – I fancied trying something new so cracked out an old sketchbook that hadn’t been touched. I was instantly taken back to the doodling I did years back for a birthday present, and wanted to try it again. It felt so freeing. And it made me want to complete Inktober!⠀ Still catching up with posts so you’ll be seeing the results of Inktober soon..⠀
273/365 – Broke out the A5 sketchbook again for this one. I was inspired by some of my own patterns that I drew a couple of years ago now. You may recognise them from my bag designs too! I was a bit more free this time. This art feels more me, yet I’m still reaching for those graphite pencils to do some portraits! ⠀