Project 365: July

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.

July was a month of experimentation of colour and material. I tried my first vehicle drawings, explored painting and drawing on book pages, as well as exploring my new Cricut and Lego collection. Getting serious about products changed the way I looked at the way I created some items, such as earrings and cards. July saw me on a creating binge to bring together a larger collection that I could sell at craft fairs, events, and online.

182/365 – Change – I’ve been speaking a lot about changes in my style, changes in what I paint, as well as changes in my own life. I’ve got a new job, I’ve created new products and even created a change in my habits, which, will all put me in a good step forward. There’s so many good things happening for my close friends too, and I’m so proud of them all!⠀
This is one of two tote canvas bags that I’ve painted recently with an original design. I might put them up on my Etsy or sell them at a couple of fairs that I’ll be attending soon!⠀
183/365 – Continue – I’m continuing the something different theme of this month with a mini collection of classic vehicle drawings that I’ve been doing. I’m hoping to attend a vintage fair early August, so this collection will travel with me as greetings cards! You’ll be seeing a couple others later on.⠀
184/365 – Hedwig – I decided to take a break from the artwork that I’ve been doing and crack out the second Lego set that I got for my birthday. No regrets with becoming a child again to create this sweetie who even flies!⠀
185/365 – Book – I’ve always wanted to create artwork on book pages since college, when I drew a whole series of anatomy in bio pen on pages of Eragon. I whipped out a crime story of James Patterson, cut it up, and created some juxtaposing artwork to his story. What do you make of it?⠀
186/365 – Pair – This is the second of two bikes that I drew for my new mini series of greetings cards. These are great for those who love their vintage, classic vehicles, and who love a pop of colour! They’ll be with me at the craft fairs I’m attending next month.⠀
187/365 – Earrings – As you may have seen on my stories I have been busy making expanding my knowledge of materials and making new products! These earrings are one of a kind and I’m so happy with them. There’s still some improvements that I know I need to make in my process but I can’t wait to make more already! These will be available at my August craft fairs or DM to purchase now.⠀
188/365 – Leaf It Out – Yes, yes, the leaves are still here. I love this light blue with echoing blue dots. The pen glides so smoothly over this too! I’m working on a big collection of them behind the scenes so that there will be lots of choice in my craft fairs next month! I’ll be announcing the dates of those soon, so keep an eye out.⠀
Thank you for all the support after my last reel. I’ve got several orders processing and ideas for more artwork from you all ✨⠀
189/365 – Bookmark – I got a new toy that I’ll be experimenting with. I’ve designed a whole load of original bookmarks that I can’t wait to make ✨
Do you prefer to read digitally or with a physical book?
190/365 – Grease – I’m super excited to be going to a sing-a-long showing of Grease tomorrow night after a lovely day with friends in Oxford today. It’s the first big event that I’ve had to look forward to for a little while now and who cares that we will be sitting outdoors, we get to sing to our hearts content! ⠀
Are you a fan?
191/365 – Running Out? – I know, I can’t believe it either! I seem to be running out of backgrounds that I painted. I must have made over 150 of them, both in book pages and plain pages. This is a great sign for anyone who wants to collect one to do so now while the collection is at its biggest! ⠀
I’m also thinking about doing a lucky dip of these on Etsy. What do you think?
192/365 – Bag II – This is the second tote bag that I mentioned a couple of weeks ago! I’ve just polished this one up and it’s lovely bright colours make me think of flower borders and days on the beach. What do you think of this original design?⠀
193/365 – Making – I’ve been prepping lots behind the scenes for bookmarks, earrings, craft fairs and an Etsy update at the end of the month. But I haven’t sat down and truly made anything for a while. Decided to change that and have an earring making session after work which has produced these fabulous hoops and studs!
194/365 – Colouring – Am I am artist with several colouring books and a stack of colouring sheets in my bookshelf? Yes, yes I am. I love taking a step back but still being creative, and I find that doing a colouring page really nails that!
What do you do to relax?
195/365 – Mark It – You’ll be getting a mini spam of products I’ve been working on for my first Etsy update and craft fairs next month! I’ve designed six different bookmarks which will be available with various background colours. There’s over 15 colour combinations 😍
I promise I won’t be salesy forever, just super excited!
196/365 – Dangle – As you all loved the progress of these I thought you would want to see the final set! These are original one of a kind stud earrings with big dangling hoops. They’ll be coming with me to the @swindoncrickladerailway vintage weekend 😍
197/365 – Fresh – This one is fresh from the sketchbook and ready to be packaged. Love the bright pink on this, a tropical colour for this summer heat ☀️
198/365 – Leafing It – Did you know that there are over 250 variations of the Leaf series? My aim is for original art to be affordable for everyone. This is the prime reason why this series will be one of the most affordable for any who want to collect a piece of original artwork! Each one is absolutely unique and drawn, and painted, by hand. I sign each piece of work I do on the front and back, with a little message too, so you know it’s from me ✨ 
199/365 – Which Style Next? – There are several different things that I do when choosing what to draw on which background. These include picking up a Posca pen, randomly picking a background that I’ve already painting, and putting that pen to paper. There is no order, no thought, just a connection. ⠀
And don’t worry, you haven’t been affected by the sun THAT much – there are dots on this one!⠀
200/365 – Transform – I originally started creating earrings as I wanted to transform the work of the Leaf series into something else. With the fascination of creating in new mediums, I bought a lot of polymer clay and started creating. I only did leaves on yellow and blue, but I’ll be bringing them back when making the next batch of earrings, ready for my Etsy update and craft fairs next month.⠀
What colours would you like to see?⠀
201/365 – Read It – I’ve been using book pages from one of James Pattersons’ novels. I had a huge collection and in the middle of lockdown the charity stores all around were saying no more to donations. So I decided to make it into art instead.⠀
What do you do with your old books?
202/365 – New – I’ve had a lovely couple of days catching up with family and friends. Unfortunately I’m bound to the sofa today with a shoulder injury. I want to be creating but my body is telling me no. I’ll do a little doodle later or something ✨ in the meantime, I’ve painted ten bags with the leaf designs ready for Etsy and next months fairs!
203/365 – Another One – I’m a huge fan of a good cross stitch so I started another one the other day. I mean I’ve got around five on the go but don’t worry, I’ll still be creating in my other ways 🧵 ⠀
204/365 – Weighing Down – These little shapes are paper weights that I’ve got in various colours. I’ve also been experimenting with making them into magnets. They are made of plaster that I was playing with in final year. I’m tempted to do some bulbous shapes but I don’t trust myself not to pop a balloon at the moment!⠀
205/365 – Greens – Living in the countryside I feel so lucky to be able to look out the window and see so many varieties of green 🍃 ⠀
Join me on Wednesday 28.07 for my Etsy update ✨⠀
206/365 – Making More – Spent the weekend on the sofa with an injured shoulder, but good ol me couldn’t just sit around and do nothing. I made 28 original leaf cards, folded and packaged them up. I’m thinking these will be a lucky dip on Etsy, as well as selling them at fairs ✨⠀
What’s your favourite one?
207/365 – Getting Ready – I’ve been prepping for my first Etsy update tomorrow. These may seem like nothing but they’re crucial in the production of my earrings! All the backs are handmade – drawing, cutting, hole punching and writing are all done by yours truly. Can’t wait for tomorrow!
208/365 – Beep Beep – This is part of the classic car and bike collection that I’m building up. My parents owned several classic bikes, and going to fairs, I fell in love with all of them. It’s been a few years since we’ve been but I can’t wait to take my other half to a few! ⠀
Do you drive?⠀
209/365 – Bright – I’m feeling like I need to get back to my sketchbooks and explore again. I’ve created so much for Etsy and my website and craft fairs this month that there hasn’t been much time for learning. I’ll still create to sell, but slightly differently this time.
210/365 – Big Steps – I took a huge step over the weekend and ordered all my stock for the fairs I have coming up this month! I have new products with me that won’t be available on Etsy or my store for a little while. I can’t wait to show you!⠀
211/365 – Throwback? – A little bit of a throwback to my news about bookmarks now being individually made. I’ve got more colours now! All I need to do is get them all glued together before the weekend. 10 down, around 140 to go? ⠀
212/365 – July – It has been an absolutely crazy month! I’ve prepped for three craft fairs, I’ve doubled the number of orders I’ve had and done so much all thanks to your support 💕 I’ve decided that in August I’m going to concentrate more on original pieces, growing my collections and working in my sketchbook again. I can’t wait to see what it’ll all bring. ⠀
I’ve even added to the Alphabet collection I started this time last year with a request ^^⠀
What have you got to look forward to in August?⠀

Project 365: June Review

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. We’ve already taken a look through the first five months of the year, but now we close the chapter on the first half.

Within June I had to take a social media break and it changed the way I produced and showed my artwork to a larger audience. I played around more with the style of my work, rather than trying lots and lots of new things. I also found myself sitting more comfortably with the natural curves of leaves, positioning myself to grow further with that recurring subject. Within my social media break, I also created a plan of what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go with my artwork. I now have several craft shows lined up for August, where I will be showcasing my work in an unknown environment. I’ve turned to making more products and sending them out myself, another large change to my print on demand services. And I lastly made changes in the way I post to my social media. To draw myself away from sitting and scrolling for hours on end, I now schedule and plan my posts in advance. This will leave me more time to relax, make and ultimately be happier. June looks very same-ish, but July will bring some surprises.

152/365 – Jelly Bean – I’ve been a bit quiet, despite the scheduled posts, as my energy is on interviews for a new job as well as my Etsy opening! Depending on how this week goes I may be back before the end of the month, but I’ll be listening to my body and my mind to see how I feel first. Thank you for all sticking with me! x⠀
153/365 – Green Bean – I’ve slowly been making my way through the backgrounds that I painted a little while ago now. Some of these will be available on my Etsy, and then some others will be available in the craft and independent business shows that I will be doing in Swindon and the surrounding areas over summer! Lots of things happening behind the scenes at the moment..⠀
154/365 – Sunshine – It’s been super sunny in England these past few days and I couldn’t help pulling out this sunshine yellow colour when looking outside! What’s the weather like where you are?⠀
155/365 – Half – This has been a break that I needed to make, finding what I truly want to create, to make, to explore. I still don’t know what that answer is, but I know I’m starting to feel happier with myself. How are you feeling?⠀
156/365 – Falling Leaves – I wanted to try something a little bit different here, and just adding the falling leaves makes all the difference. It’s making me think of some designs to create in polymer. Yes, you heard that right, I’ll be playing around with polymer to create some earrings!⠀
157/365 – Little – I enjoy the symmetry some of my work is having at the moment. That simple repetition through different patterns or sizes of leaves. I often choose the leaf design depending on the colour and size of the painted shape in the background. I’ve still got over 50 of these backgrounds but some of these will be Etsy or show only exclusives, with each one being an original!
158/365 – Growing – Every time I draw a leaf, a branch, or something that comes from nature, I feel like I’m growing too. Does anyone else get that feeling too?
159/365 – Floating – With some combinations of the leaves and shapes, it sometimes looks like everything is floating. I sometimes wonder what it would look like in a frame, or mount.⠀
160/365 – Gingerbread Man – I don’t know how often you look at the shapes in the background, but sometimes they remind me of really simple things, such as jelly beans or gingerbread men. What do you see in the shapes?
161/365 – Forest – This one is a slightly different style to the other pieces I’ve drawn. Fuller. More forest like. It reminds me of the watercolour pieces I did towards the end of May with the layered branches. What do you think of the mini forest?
162/365 – Big – I’ve had some really exciting, and really big changes happen in the past few days. It has made me look forward to the future in my own careers, and I am currently in the process of making some plans. These plans will help me to de-stress and keep my head on straight. Sometimes I get too involved in the things I do, and these plans will give me the space to get some much needed fresh air. Can’t wait to come back and share everything with you x
163/365 – Sunshine – Was it me, or was yesterday just uncomfortably hot in the UK? I want to see a cracking thunderstorm and let it break some of this humidity! How are you finding the weather?⠀
164/365 – Changes – So I announced yesterday that I have some big news and changes that have been happening recently. I’m still making plans and setting others into place. Despite this, my Etsy launch is still going ahead! Don’t forget to have a look NEXT WEDNESDAY!⠀
165/365 – Style – I’ve enjoyed just creating these simple, natural pieces these past couple of weeks. It’s allowed me to still delve into lightly different styles, while also taking a break to find myself a bit more.⠀
Which has been your favourite this month?⠀
166/365 – Painting – Not only have I been adding to the collection of leaf paintings and drawings, but I’ve also been painting the house. We’ve had a room completely re-modelled and it’s looking absolutely gorgeous. I can’t wait to start using it as a little workshop area, so you may be seeing some different things from me soon! I’ve also got a little sewing area too, so I can sit down and have a relax there as well.⠀
167/365 – Almost Half Way – Can anyone else believe that we’re almost half way through the year? I can’t believe that my Etsy store is opening next week.. Make sure to keep tuned for some exciting products that I’ve got lined up for you with even more coming each month x⠀
168/365 – The past couple of days have been really big for me. I’ll be back within the next few days to tell you all about it. Let me just finish setting up some things first!
169/365 – Etsy – I can’t believe my Etsy store is opening THIS Wednesday! Many of the leaves will be Etsy exclusive products and you’ll be seeing all my greetings cards there too. I’m currently experimenting with clay and plaster, with a sneak peak coming soon.⠀
Comment an emoji if you’re excited!⠀
170/365 – Push – I pushed myself a little hard the other day and did too much. It’s given me a little setback with things but I feel like things are falling into place. How are you?⠀
I’m still exploring with the shapes and leaf designs – these could go on forever but I’m feeling some bigger pieces on canvas again, as well as a smaller collection.⠀
171/365 – Countdown – ONE DAY to go until my Etsy launch! I’m getting more excited about this as each day goes. In the meantime, I’m still drawn to these falling leaves alongside the climbing stalk. ⠀
172/365 – Scared – I’m going to be honest, I am super scared that my Etsy store isn’t going to be as successful as I hope it will be. I know from experience that there are good months and bad months, however there is always doubt. Any small/independent businesses here get the same feeling?⠀
Etsy store open TOMORROW!⠀
173/365 – Square – As they say ‘be there or be square’. Head to the link in my bio to check out my Etsy store which has now officially launched! I’m super excited for you to see what you can buy from myself and other independent businesses there. ⠀
Link in bio.⠀
174/365 – Invite – I got an invitation to an evening of music and art in a local gallery for this weekend. I’m so glad things are opening back up again and the majority of people are keeping safe while enjoying the things they love doing. Hopefully now, everyone in the village will go on a family walk at different times too!⠀
175/365 – Bean – I’ve still got loads of these backgrounds and sometimes that feels overwhelming, however the more I do the more I want to create! I’ve almost created 100 different ones now. Have you found your favourite?
Comment below!⠀
176/365 – Square Windows – These little squares peak out into the bright blue sky as the leaves and vines grow over. Finding these smaller leaves through the watercolour and fine liner pieces earlier in the month changed how I drew these shapes. There will only be a handful more as I move onto slightly different things next month!⠀
177/365 – Weather – With the weather being so rainy, grey and dark the past week, it was wonderful to spend the day in London with gorgeous blue skies a couple of days ago. It made me pull this sunshine yellow background for todays art of the day!⠀
178/365 – Climb – Leaves are something incredibly powerful. They help things grow, sustain life, and are ultimately quite beautiful looking. ⠀
What are your favourite plants?⠀
179/365 – Mixing Up – I’ve got a new job and got my weekends and evenings free! This means I have a select time that I can create and do artwork. I’ve been mixing it up a bit behind the scenes already which you’ll be seeing next month. Let me just create a few more of these first!⠀
180/365 – Simple – With all the dots and branches, I headed back to a simple leaf. Sometimes you cannot beat the basics!⠀
181/365 – Collection – Leaves has grown into quite the collection with almost 100 pieces! Each one is individual and sometimes I don’t understand how I can keep going with these but then I find another way to draw, another way to create. Project 365 has led me to do so many things that I wouldn’t have usually done. I’ve inspired, I’ve created, I’ve continued. The past six months has been a game changer for me and to look forward to what my artwork will look like in another six months time feels impossible. But I do know that I will still be here, and I will still be creating artwork.

Don’t forget to check out my brand new Etsy store – https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CharlotteAbrahamArt