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365 Projects: Creating Every Day for a Year

Feb 23, 2012

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Little Alouette owner and blogger Amy Turn Sharp spends her days wrangling three little boys and being a creative wild one. She always keeps a mask in her handbag and she can make a mean curry.

It has always inspired me to learn about artists who are practicing their craft, interest or obsession in a daily format. I have been keeping a journal since childhood, but I wish it had been a daily journal. It would rock my world to go back through. Humans like the nostalgia of the artistic landscape — what we ultimately leave behind.

This year I am writing a poem every single day. I am distilling my craft of writing into a daily examination of life, and sharing it on my blog. I am learning, and at the end of the year I will have thousands of words, hundreds of strung-together sentences that I can mine for gold. I will go back. And perhaps at the end of the day, it is the experience that we seek and the “look back” over our shoulders that keeps us going. I’m not the only one working on a 365 project. These are some others I’ve recently discovered.

I learned about Matt Kish’s blog and my head was spinning. This man, known on Etsy as Spuddsixtyfour, has illustrated each page of Moby Dick. Yes, each page of Moby Dick. Call me astonished.

“When I started the Moby-Dick project in August of 2009 it was to fight back against a kind of slowly creeping artistic ennui,” Matt says. “I wanted to give myself one last ludicrously ambitious challenge to see if there was still a place for art in my life. I gave myself only two rules. The first was to create one illustration every single day, and the second, to proceed through the novel in a linear fashion, from page 1 to page 552, without skipping around. Beyond that, I freed myself to use whatever media I chose and to create any kind of imagery I so desired. Tin House Books will publish my book this year.”

My heart and soul like to visit Shutter Sisters 365 blog. I am attracted to photography as storytelling, and this group of women is walking amongst us with their camera straps around their necks, documenting every single day of this life.

They say: “Shutter Sisters is a collaborative photo blog that believes in the transformative power of telling stories through photography. We support any and all creative projects that encourage women to use their cameras in a way that empowers them and expresses who they are. Committing to shoot at least a photo a day for a whole year is an engaging and fun challenge that keeps participants tapped into their creativity, cameras in hand.”

Shane Yuhas loves his wife. He also loves to take photos of her every day of their marriage and post them on his blog. This type of project hits at my heart because it is a devotion to another human being that makes the project live and last. His style of creating a daily diptych allows us to see the model and the landscape of their life together.

“I’ve always called Alyssa my darlin, so that is how the name Daily Darlin came about. I started the project shortly after we were married in 2009,” he says. “I wanted to start a photo blog, but not just of work that I’ve done or things that I like. I wanted to challenge myself to better my photography skills by shooting every day.”

I find the drawings and illustration of Chris Piascik to be wild and fun, and I think he is a prolific thought monster. I love his video and watching the effortless flow of his work.

“I’ve actually been posting daily drawings for over four years,” he says. “I didn’t start drawing every day to do a 365 project though. All through my childhood I was always drawing. It never really slowed down until I graduated from art school and started working at design. After a couple years of this I realized just how little was I drawing and it kind of freaked me out. I was worried if I continued down this road I would lose that outlet. I was determined to make it part of my life again. Two years later, I was on my own working as an independent illustrator because of my daily drawings. It’s pretty incredible actually. I am self-publishing a book of the first thousand. ”

Lisa Congdon blew my head off with creativity when I first discovered her 2010 book  A Collection a Day.  I find her to be a true renaissance artist as she is a fine artist and illustrator, but also a curator and social scientist who makes us look at what we love and what we need to hold onto in this world. She makes me keep my eyes open wider.

“Each day for 365 days for the year 2012 I am posting an image of something I have hand-lettered: a letter of the alphabet, a word, a phrase, a quote, a name,” she explains. “Some of the lettering is based on traditional forms of calligraphy or vintage lettering and some is of my own design. Why hand lettering? First, I love typography and type design, lettering and calligraphy. I love old letters, old script, anything written with a nib and ink. Second, hand lettering is something at which I’d like to get become more accomplished and incorporate into my art and illustration practice more fully. This project is an opportunity for me to practice in the context of a personal creative challenge.”

Today could be the day that you decide to start your own 365 project. You could inspire yourself and others with the art you make. You could find devotion. You could find an obsession. You have to start to start somewhere.

3 Featured Comments

  • thornblossom

    Sue from thornblossom said 5 years ago Featured

    Okay, you've inspired me! This could be a great way to help find a balanced approach between creative freedom and a structured practice. Seems like a great way to challenge yourself to go beyond your expectations while simultaneously accepting your limits. Very "be the journey". Love the idea of building a repository of ideas while perfecting technique. Great post!

  • DiscordVintage

    Discord Vintage from DiscordVintage said 5 years ago Featured

    Very inspirational! Sometimes it's hard to nurture your creativity when you've got so many things to deal with daily, it's nice to see people finding new and interesting ways to keep creativity alive.

  • HeatherLucille

    Heather Atkinson from HeatherLucille said 4 years ago Featured

    I did the 365 photo project several years ago - what a challenge! It forced me accept that not every single thing you create has to be a masterpiece. It was not easy, but very rewarding! Also, it helped me get back into photography and at the conclusion of my year, my husband bought me a brand new fancy pro camera!

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  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 5 years ago

    This is such an awesome thing to do! I have quite a few friends who do this. Maybe next year I will make it my new years resolution to do it. I really want to give it a try!

  • nearerthemoon

    Tilly O'Neill from nearerthemoon said 5 years ago

    So inspiring. The Chris Piascik drawing is just hilarious. I have recently been developing some illustrations, perhaps this is just the kick I need to do it more and keep on improving...

  • silversamba

    Alana from silversamba said 5 years ago

    Wow, inspiring. And the photo of those erasers takes me right back...great post.

  • mochamint36

    Shannon from FreshlyFallenDesigns said 5 years ago

    Thank you sharing all the great finds!

  • MagpieQuilts

    Ann from MagpieQuilts said 5 years ago

    So inspiring to see the creativity that blossoms when it's nurtured by daily watering!

  • DeborahJoyDesigns

    Deborah from DeborahJoyDesigns said 5 years ago

    Great post. Sometime I would like to try that, I love the poem and photo a day products especially.

  • DeborahJoyDesigns

    Deborah from DeborahJoyDesigns said 5 years ago

    I mean Projects whoops:)

  • OnlyOriginalsByAJ

    AJ Marsden from OnlyOriginalsByAJ said 5 years ago

    This is such a great idea! Its incredibly inspiring.....I think I'm going to give it a try! Thanks for sharing!!!

  • SimplyCutebyKarin

    SimplyCutebyKarin from SimplyCutebyKarin said 5 years ago

    This is really cool. It's giving me all sorts of ideas!

  • CreativeCardsForYou

    Julie Lynn from PolkaDot99Designs said 5 years ago

    I am currently doing a photo a day challange. It's been good for me. :)

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye from VintageEye said 5 years ago

    and it's a leap year! ; this post really gets the old creative juices stirring!

  • HayleysPaperLove

    Hayley from HayleysPaperLove said 5 years ago

    i'm participating in the 52 weeks of mail challenge that etsy has put forth. it is definitely a challenge to make a card every week and I can't imagine doing one every day! :)

  • ATLIART

    LIAT kires from ATLIART said 5 years ago

    Great idea!

  • MagicMarkingsArt

    cathie carlson from MagicMarkingsArt said 5 years ago

    I would bet a huge portion of the sellers here on Etsy create on a daily basis, as within us lies a creative soul. The problem is taking time to document it - therein lies the challenge. Those here who have given us insight into their daily projects have done so beautifully. I thank you all for the inspiration.

  • volkerwandering

    Jess from volkerwandering said 5 years ago

    That zebra is so cool!

  • thornblossom

    Sue from thornblossom said 5 years ago Featured

    Okay, you've inspired me! This could be a great way to help find a balanced approach between creative freedom and a structured practice. Seems like a great way to challenge yourself to go beyond your expectations while simultaneously accepting your limits. Very "be the journey". Love the idea of building a repository of ideas while perfecting technique. Great post!

  • DecadesOfVintage

    DecadesOfVintage from DecadesOfVintage said 5 years ago

    Many years ago I had a boss who advocated taking the time to THINK. And time to CREATE It is still valid today

  • LittleWrenPottery

    Victoria Baker from LittleWrenPottery said 5 years ago

    Recently I've been getting into journaling I think its important to see just how far you've come in life!

  • WhisperingOak

    Quality Handmade Items from WhisperingOak said 5 years ago

    This is such a great project. It sounds like a fun, creative way to discover oneself. And the idea of coming back to this project later in life sounds so romantic. Almost like a way to relive the 365 days.

  • TheRosesThorn

    Gina Marie from TheRosesThorn said 5 years ago

    This was awesome. Thanks,

  • dbabcock

    Deb Babcock from BlueSkyPotteryCO said 5 years ago

    I love this idea, and in my medium (clay) I have seen bowl a day and plate a day projects. It's a great motivator and way to free yourself from getting into a rut. I might have to give this a whirl! Great post.

  • uniquefabricgifts

    Unique Fabric Gifts from uniquefabricgifts said 5 years ago

    I might try. Thank you for the great post!

  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie said 5 years ago

    Interesting!

  • soveryhappyart

    Diane from soveryhappyart said 5 years ago

    Love this! Thank you for sharing all of these great artists. Very inspiring!

  • littlejarofhearts

    Kyri from littlejarofhearts said 5 years ago

    I'm so inspired! Thought of doing a 'photo a day' at the turn of the new year and failed miserably by Jan 8th... Takes time, effort and determination!

  • Paquette07

    Amanda Paquette from MoltenPerspective said 5 years ago

    I am a little intimidated by this, but I definitely want to do it. It's just a matter of what rules to give myself; do I stick to one creative outlet, or choose whatever inspires me that day? I do cakes, jewelry, painting, scrapbooking, and pretty much anything I can get my hands on. This should be interesting... Thanks for the inspiration.

  • LeCoriaVintage

    Lauren Coria-Avila from LeCoriaVintage said 5 years ago

    I love this!!!! and I agree. I have before tried starting yearly projects that I left abandoned after a short while. I am currently working at documenting a photo a day throughout 2012 of my son. Both sets of grandparents live 2 states away and so that they don't miss out on his daily growing I started projectsielh.tumblr.com where a photo a day(or sometimes more) speaks more than words. But it is definitely a commitment and there have been days that completely escaped me, because sometimes its tough for a 3 year old to stay still long enough, and i didn't capture his portrait until nighttime when he was fast asleep.

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags said 5 years ago

    Great post. :)

  • CandyAppleCrafts

    CandyAppleCrafts from CandyAppleCrafts said 5 years ago

    I've been meaning to start a project like this. Mine will probably be a craft project a week, because that inspires all my other creative pursuits. One tip I received from a friend: Don't try to make it great every time. Whatever you do, you will have days when you make something you hate, or the creative juices don't quite kick in. Don't worry, and don't let perfectionism shut you down. You challenged yourself, and you produced something. Maybe the imperfect thing will inspire something great, further down the road.

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat said 5 years ago

    I wrote a daily journal between the ages of 12 & 32. Then I made a huge bonfire of all my clutter, old love letters & general junk, & put my diaries on the top. I can't tell you what liberating experience it was to rid myself of the tendancy to keep looking back instead of forward!

  • myvintagecrush

    Kathleen from myvintagecrush said 5 years ago

    So inspiring! Every year I mean to do some sort of 365 art project, yet.. well, today is never too late, right?

  • mymothershouse

    Valerie Lemond from MyMothersHouse said 5 years ago

    Very inspiring post. It's time to challenge myself!

  • RetroRevivalBoutique

    RetroRevivalBoutique from RetroRevivalBoutique said 5 years ago

    I ♥ that Chris Piascik zebra! :D

  • SusanFaye

    Susan Faye from SusanFayePetProjects said 5 years ago

    Great article Amy!!! As someone who posted a Cat-Lady-A-Day illustration in 2009, I am continually astonished by the creative dynamos that continue their 365 projects for more than a year. I am in awe and bow down to them in reverence. My project challenged me to the max and I collapsed in a heap (after dancing a jig) on January 1, 2010 when the project was completed. To maintain my sanity, I now post a modest once or twice a week. I encourage every artistic soul to take on a 365 challenge--it made me a better artist, I attained a new level of discipline, I made friends from around the world and it launched the success of my Etsy shop!

  • RainbowFishDesigns

    Chaya S. from RainbowFishDesigns said 5 years ago

    The zebra poster is adorable! I think I might aim for an animal-themed craft a day project! I've never been able to consistently stick to doing something every day but I feel like I could stick this out!

  • CatalyticInk

    Malia Harrison from CatalyticInk said 5 years ago

    love this inspiring post! I think today is as good as any to start a 312 day project :)

  • fantasygarden

    Anna Kikute from fantasygarden said 5 years ago

    That is so nice 365 days .I just finished my 100 day art project ...today is the last day and i feel great ..I think i will go for 365 :)

  • Stargazer02

    Stargazer02 from LDesigns02 said 5 years ago

    cool post!

  • DaisyandJess

    Daisy and Jess from DaisyandJess said 5 years ago

    inspirational!

  • Parachute425

    Terry from Parachute425 said 5 years ago

    Great new blogs to check out. Thanks. Maybe I'll find a new blog everyday for th next year.

  • QueenofCuffs

    mary from QueenofCuffs said 5 years ago

    What a challenge you are blissfully, delightfully and madly throwing out there !!! Like shouting from the top of a mountain !! I would just LOVE to know how many people reading this will actually DO it !! OK OK . . . I am one - just have to find my perfect 365. hmmmmmm . . .

  • DelilahsAttic

    Madeleine Keller from ThoseGoodVibrations said 5 years ago

    What a great article! The one with the guy who illustrated all of Moby Dick is amazing!! I love the documentation and continuity of a 365 project, I might have to do one someday!

  • PattiTrostle

    Patti Trostle from PattiTrostle said 5 years ago

    Very inspiring!

  • penumbraimages

    Tania Cardenas from PenumbraImages said 5 years ago

    i needed this post thank you for the inspiration!!!

  • PolClary

    PolClary from PolClary said 5 years ago

    These are all awesome ideas.

  • Dentwood

    Dentwood from Dentwood said 5 years ago

    Very inspiring! There is nothing comprable to putting pen to paper, paint to canvas or your eye behind a camera lense. We all should take a moment out of our busy days to do something creative everyday. One person can inspire many!

  • EllyLacey

    Elly Lacey said 5 years ago

    I'm taking a photo every day and posting it to my blog whilst I'm living in New York: http://theincredibleadventuresofmisslacey.blogspot.com/ It's so much fun and a real challenge some days!

  • jordandene

    jordan ellis from jordandene said 5 years ago

    love this idea and the artists you're spotlighting!

  • mummyto3boys

    Caroline Turley said 5 years ago

    I've just completed a 365 project. A photo a day. It's been about the kids life and what they've been up to and accomplished. I'm that addicted, I'm carrying on for another 365 days. I was also thinking of doing something else 365 ish but can't quite make my mind up yet! This is our story. Although mama is a little under the weather at the moment ;-) http://www.blipfoto.com/nojojo

  • gilstrapdesigns

    Debra Gilstrap from gilstrapdesigns said 5 years ago

    Wow I never thought about this. It is very inspiring and it just shows how we can be creative and create in so many different ways. Great article!

  • discerningchichi

    Valerie from chichigemmes said 5 years ago

    Inspirational and motivating!!

  • LivingIdeas

    Sharl G. Smith from LivingIdeas said 5 years ago

    This is beyond inspiring. This is kick me in the ass stop talking and walk the walk!! I am going to do it!. I am GOING TO DO IT!!! Starting now, I've been dragging my feet and paralyzed by fear long enough. I feel like I just got a bucket of ice cold water dumped on and woke up, except I didn't realize I was not awake. Thank you for this idea. I don't always have to do something mind-blowing, just CREATE! I love you for giving me this positive gift. I hope I can stick to it. butterfly blog: http://www.sharlsmith.com/blog

  • luckyporcupine

    Kate from luckyporcupine said 5 years ago

    I have recently really been getting into Print making, all done by hand. So I think my new project a day will be to sketch out drawing an patterns daily that I would like to eventually use in print making. How inspiring this is!

  • sarahsmile2511

    Sarah Hudson said 5 years ago

    Except this is a leap year....so they are 366 projects this year! I have been participating i. the documenting delight project of a pic a day of my child. Inspired by gregariouspeach.com

  • liveloveandserve

    liveloveandserve said 5 years ago

    Another good 5 year project is The Happiness Project 5 year One sentence journal.

  • BucksCountyImages

    Gina Waltersdorff from GinaWaltersdorffArt said 5 years ago

    My new shops name is GinaWaltersdorffArt, and Etsy said they cannot change this old shop name. Believe it, that's what I was told in an E-mail. Is any one else have this error. I have an Etsy365 Goal which is to make one new item a day. It is pressure produce, frame and take pictures which is amazingly wonderful. I will have new inventory when I participate in this years art/craft shows. I was sick with 2 different bugs going around and was not working for 21 days. I have caught up. The pressure to reach my goal is the good kind. Some days I am making two or three new things so if I have a problem again, I don't get behind.

  • MapleAshandOak

    Karina from KarinaManarin said 5 years ago

    I was inspired by all the amazing project in past years and like one of the artists featured I realized how little drawing and art making I was actually doing. This year I started my Year of Pattern blog and Ive been drawing and creating new patterns from my illustrations and photography for each day!! http://patternaday2012.tumblr.com/ I definitely think its helped get the creativity flowing!

  • KnitsByNat

    Natalie from KnitsByNat said 5 years ago

    I have been knitting one cup cozy a day since September : http://onecupcozyaday.blogspot.com/ It's has given me so many ideas for my other knitting projects.

  • lalaspequenos

    lalaspequenos from LalasPequenos said 5 years ago

    Yay Amy! Such a fantastic post. 365 days is a long time to do one mindful thing a day but so fulfilling at the end!

  • biblosbooks

    biblosbooks said 5 years ago

    I recently completed my own 365 project. I made a hand-made book a day for a year. In retrospect, I often wished I'd picked something just slightly less time consuming. Although some of the books took only half-an-hour or so, most were 2-5 hour projects plus photographing, sizing and then posting to my blog, a big chunk of every day. But I stuck with it and I'm so glad I did. It is amazing what I've learned--about bookmaking, about creativity and about myself. DO try this at home. You won't be sorry! www.make-a-book-a-day.blogspot.com

  • flourishingagain

    Lacey from FlourishingAgain said 5 years ago

    I have been trying the project a day since July. As my medium is paper the projects don't get real complicated, which helps. It's hard to keep going though. Lots of back problems last year, including major surgery, but I kept going back. The sense of accomplishment, trying new colors of ink and paper, different patterns and styles, keeps me working hard. Most, but not all, of my projects make it to my shop.

  • biblosbooks

    biblosbooks said 5 years ago

    Just a note to those who want to begin a 365: like someone mentioned above, it's important to give yourself permission to do/make/write crap sometimes. Not everything you make will be wonderful! The goal is to just DO IT EVERY DAY. It doesn't have to be great. It just has to be done. Some of the worst, butt-ugly books I made in the last year taught me the most... and led to wonderful books down the road.

  • LAccentNou

    Anastasia from LAccentNou said 5 years ago

    Thank you for this awesome post! I'm starting my 365 photo project tomorrow! It's a good reason to photograph more, thing I love.

  • Dizzylamb

    Dizzylamb from Dizzylamb said 5 years ago

    I am already doing this. A quilt block a day for 2012. piecefulday.com

  • LanniDesigns

    Lanni from JewelryByLanni said 5 years ago

    This may just be the thing to get me moving! Thanks for posting :)

  • NannyMadeandfound

    Melinda from sixtybeansVntg said 5 years ago

    wonderful challenge, thanks for sharing this. inspires me a whole lot!!

  • woolnimals

    Abby Emerson from Woolnimals said 5 years ago

    Oh, I can just smell those erasers!

  • FigeroDesigns

    Fiona from FigeroDesigns said 5 years ago

    Inspiration comes in many different forms, visually very creative. I feel I'm pretty dedicated but these guys have really pushed the boat out! You've inspired all these folks :-) Once I get my head round my new venture here at Etsy I'd love to have a go. Will be noted in my business plan for future events.

  • ElisabethSpace

    Elisabeth Percival from ElisabethSpace said 5 years ago

    Doing a 365 project, while stressful and fairly daunting at times, is great to keep you in a routine and responsible. Even after completing a photo 365 project on Flickr I can't believe it never occurred to me to do a jewelry project 365. Great idea!

  • MacKomicsStudio

    Liza MacKinnon from MacKomicsStudio said 5 years ago

    What i find the most challenging is to keep up the momentum when rarely do i get a comments or feedback. I know the project is "for me" and that I will reap the benefits of the consistency, the growth, the creative depth from doing something with a narrow set of parameters... but to be working in a practical void is a challenge. Any thoughts on keeping the flame hot and fresh day after day? We are, after all, social animals that find our energy from the interactions with others. Thank you for your great article, the new and interesting links and for your tenacity in your own projects. Liza http://mackomics-studio-dress-a-day.blogspot.com/

  • elleestpetite

    Donna Thai from PetiteCuisine said 5 years ago

    This reminds me of the 365 photo project my little sister has just completed this year.

  • LOVUROC

    LOVUROC from LOVUROC said 5 years ago

    What a great inspiration, i make it my goal to start creating spmething every day! Love the post

  • thelandlockedsailor

    The Bosun and Sarita Li Johnson from TheLandlockedSailor said 5 years ago

    Wow, thank you for sharing all these projects. I tried a 365 photo project that only lasted a few months. After my son was born, I realized that I was naturally taking at least one photo (usually several photos) a day, but now that's dropped off too. Now I realize that I want to create something focused and intentional on a daily basis. I'm putting my thinking cap on!

  • onelonelyapricot

    Kristen from onelonelyapricot said 5 years ago

    I felt really inspired reading this! I make art almost daily but I think I might start a challenge like this soon. Love all the examples!

  • bookmarksNbangles

    Emily from bookmarksNbangles said 5 years ago

    Ahh this is so inspiring!! I wanted to start my own 365 project at the beginning of the year, but I missed the first couple of weeks. Well, who cares if it's already February? I'm going to start tomorrow! I'll try create a pair of earrings every day. Thanks so much for the inspiration! :) Follow my progress on my Facebook page- http://www.facebook.com/bookmarksNbangles

  • keeche17

    Keedy from keeche17 said 5 years ago

    This is pure dedication and inspiration. Mm~ going to try it starting today. And if I forget, always try try again!

  • sethwerkheiser

    Seth Werkheiser from sethwrobots said 5 years ago

    Love love love the work of Chris Piascik.

  • SimplySticky

    Missy Geller from SimplySticky said 5 years ago

    I have always wanted to try something like that.... Only, I would want to draw something every day. Maybe next year : )

  • dottywalker

    Dotty Walker from SewThoughtfulBlanket said 5 years ago

    Wow, she is so talented!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  • DiscordVintage

    Discord Vintage from DiscordVintage said 5 years ago Featured

    Very inspirational! Sometimes it's hard to nurture your creativity when you've got so many things to deal with daily, it's nice to see people finding new and interesting ways to keep creativity alive.

  • slatevintager

    Nikki from slatevintager said 5 years ago

    old erasers are really cool grouped together, great photos too

  • suzanneartist

    Suzanne Urban from SmirkingGoddess said 5 years ago

    I so enjoyed this post, I hope there will be more like this one where an artist "curates" or shares information about an ETSY member with links. SU

  • mariacruz3

    Maria Cruz from BabyLoveknitting said 5 years ago

    Good One! :)

  • SecondEditionJewelry

    Emily Clayton from SecondEditionJewelry said 5 years ago

    Amazing ideas! this one has me thinking!

  • BurkeHareCo

    Erica from BurkeHareCo said 5 years ago

    Really awesome!

  • redemptionart

    Connie Haskell from redemptionart said 5 years ago

    Wow! The kick in the butt that I needed! Thank you!

  • KarolinFelix

    KarolinFelix from KarolinFelix said 5 years ago

    yes! So inspiring! I'm a bit more like - something new every week project. Since I started posting fresh collection every week, I feel so much more organised! ^_^ ... and my FB crowd likes it too.

  • megk8199

    Megan Morris from MadebyMegShop said 5 years ago

    Truely inspiring. Thank you for posting this! I do find time to create everyday, even if it's just a half an hour between my two jobs, or an hour before I go to bed. I don't finish a project every day, but I make progress on something at least.

  • mythunderstood

    mythunderstood from mythunderstood said 5 years ago

    Awesome post - great contribution to the blog!

  • LANCERIKA

    erika from lancerika said 5 years ago

    Fantastic post... will try to use my brush every day...

  • picklehead

    Karina Pryor from picklehead said 4 years ago

    Amazing! Every page of Moby Dick -wow, i love it!

  • LaneECreations

    Lane E from LaneECreations said 4 years ago

    I think I should use my coconut daily too, guess I should go out and get anither one, I've used up my last one on an order last week! Ha!

  • bettinastreehouse

    Beth Laky from bettinastreehouse said 4 years ago

    This is wonderfully inspiring! Although I don't have time do do a 365 project yet, this year I've made it a point to finish a project a week, so that's a start! I years past, I would let months and months go by before picking up a pencil or paints - I am so much more full and alive when I make the arts an ongoing part of my life! Thanks for the beautiful reminder to keep creating!

  • BlueMoonLights

    Alexandra Simons from BlueMoonLights said 4 years ago

    This is such a great idea! I'd love to try it. Thanks for the great post!

  • Motleycouture

    Motleycouture from Motleycouture said 4 years ago

    Great post!

  • HeatherLucille

    Heather Atkinson from HeatherLucille said 4 years ago Featured

    I did the 365 photo project several years ago - what a challenge! It forced me accept that not every single thing you create has to be a masterpiece. It was not easy, but very rewarding! Also, it helped me get back into photography and at the conclusion of my year, my husband bought me a brand new fancy pro camera!

  • ragsbysockmonkey

    Molly Kay Stoltz from ragsbysockmonkey said 4 years ago

    very great blog post, I would love to see more posts like this one. I've been thinking a lot about "practice" and this may be the kind of project that will begin creating a habit or daily practice of my art. I believe I'll begin sewing a square of textile art a day! HERE WE GO!

  • melissadumasart

    melissa dumas from melissadumasart said 4 years ago

    I started making at least one thing a day! Whether it be jewelry, crocheted items, sewing, or a drawing. it has definitely helped with my creative processes. I even made a album for them on Facebook, so I could share it with my friends and get feedback. Great article!

  • TheBeautyofBoredom

    Gracie from TheBeautyofBoredom said 4 years ago

    i have heard of this before, and it really is a good idea, as many have said. I did this for awhile (not an entire year, but awhile) and found the results to be quite pleasing. I think it would be more helpful if i wanted to continue to make a list of different things to do each day. Some days I only have a half hour, other days i have a few. If I do start this again, writing down a list of cool projects to complete might help, so I am not stumped for ideas or trying to do a project that takes an hour in a half hour. Despite this, it would be an even better idea to just have one day without a time limit. Having a facebook album sounds like a good idea as well, although I am a bit shier about my work.

  • WingedWorld

    Vickie Moore from WingedWorld said 4 years ago

    Thanks for all the fabulous ideas on how to stay creative on a daily basis!

  • threebirdsunite

    Traci Vogel from threebirdsunite said 4 years ago

    what a lovely way to look at each day as an opportunity, a new start and to stay in the moment. As a yoga teacher, I constantly remind not only my students but myself to be within the moment, to observe and to find small ways to take yoga off of the mat... this is such an exquisite way of doing just that. Thank you for sharing!

  • miniink

    Davina from fluidinkletterpress said 4 years ago

    The WA street team has a similar challenge to "Etsy Shop Challenge WA! ~ Make a change a day for the better! " http://www.etsy.com/teams/11638/western-australia-street-team/discuss/9754587/ Its very motivating!

  • johntran1408

    John Tran said 4 years ago

    I started a drawing blog last year, and am on day 181 of a drawing a day for the year. The biggest challenge is not the drawing itself, practice makes them better. The challenge is finding things to draw. It's taught me to observe and think about things in a different wya every day. Come have a look, cheers. www.j-drawingaday.blogspot.com

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas from FreakyPeas said 4 years ago

    I love the Moby Dick idea! and the Shutter Sisters have some amazing stuff....thanks for always keeping me inspired.

  • forrestinavintage

    Tina and Chris Pfeiffer from ninedoorsvintage said 4 years ago

    I used to draw, rubber stamp, make paper crafts, collage, create and have fun with all of it. Since I went back to college (to major in art) I haven't made much beyond what is required for my courses. Ditto with reading just for pleasure. Oh, the irony of becoming formally educated.

  • muddyum

    muddyum from muddyum said 4 years ago

    So Inspiring!

  • sanneswinkels1

    Sanne Swinkels said 4 years ago

    Nice article! I really love all these kinds of projects. Actually, I love them so much that I started this Dutch website www.365dagenproject.nl where people can start and blog about their own project. It's a really popular thing to do, that's why I already have over 120 people blogging. Last month I finished my own project. I have been making pictures of myself and a heart every day :-)

  • rowenamurillo

    Rowena Murillo from rowenamurillo said 4 years ago

    It has been a while since I've done a 365 project, but I kind of miss them. Doing something creative gets the juices flowing, the balls rolling, the imagination running free, the metaphors mixing. I think, in a way, it also makes you conscious of your living. This is your day, what are you going to do with it right now? I wonder if I should take up the project again.

  • L2Country

    L2Country from L2Country said 4 years ago

    ...An inspiring article....TXS for sharing!..."L"

  • Blairgbob

    www.BlairBarbour.com from BlairBarbour said 4 years ago

    I LOVE THIS!

  • HeartOfTheValleyDsgn

    HeartOfTheValleyDsgn from HeartOfTheValleyDsgn said 4 years ago

    Very inspiring indeed. Great for getting the creative juices flowing.

  • GinaMakesArt

    GinaMakesArt from GinaMakesArt said 4 years ago

    is it too late to start a project like this!!!??? I love this idea, especially the Moby Dick project. I completely relate to his situation, that of experiencing a bit of an artistic block. I feel like that project lead him to finding the importance of art in his life again. The structure or feel of the "assignment" he gave himself allowed him to eventually open up creatively again, what a beautiful thing!

  • FrozenTimePhoto

    Brandon Addis from BrandonAddisArt said 4 years ago

    awesome post! thank you!

  • MastersCreations

    Pam Masters from MastersCreations said 4 years ago

    Fantastic idea!! I'm feeling a little "stuck" and wanting to find a way out of that. This is the kick I think I need to deal with that! Maybe I will also try different forms of creating.

  • eversolovely

    Ever So Lovely from EverSoLovely said 4 years ago

    This is such an inspiring post! I haven't done the 365 project before but now it might be on my to do list! Thanks for the post!

  • zolima

    Susanne from ZOLIMA said 4 years ago

    I have to admit, I had to comment on the erasers picture! It just jumped out at me and reminded me of my 11 year old boy. He is obsessed with erasers! No he does not collect them, they are used up before they could ever make it to any collection! He always has his pencil in his right hand and an eraser in his left whenever doing his daily homework! Your article was very inspirational and the picture just caught my eye and made me smile:)

  • shaylatansey

    Shayla Tansey from VividEarthArtwork said 4 years ago

    It's so important that people embrace their creativity! That's how amazing ideas happen!! :)

  • marieowltoinette

    Marie Owltoinette from marieowltoinette said 4 years ago

    LOVE this idea! Personally, I know I don't take enough time each day to enjoy my life and my creativity! I love to write, as well as take photos, and draw and I know it would be happier if I took even half and hour to let myself go in my art each day :)

  • aprikotdesigns

    Heather from aprikotdesigns said 4 years ago

    I started a 365 project, but only got about 2/3 of the way through the year. Life got in the way (pregnancy number 3), and it became a chore instead of a joy. I did learn though that to create doesn't always mean to create an object. It can be a moment of joy and laughter, a new memory, teaching your child something new, or drawing or sewing or cooking. We all create in so many different ways each day. Sometimes we just need to take a step back and recognize what moments we may have missed during our busy days! To check out my attempt at a 365 project, visit my blog. three65create.blogspot.com

  • abattiste

    Alexandria Battiste from AFROCHICGrEEK said 4 years ago

    I've been creating everyday since Saturday...that makes six days...359 days to go I guess....

  • crystalpeacestudio

    Gina M from crystalpeacestudio said 4 years ago

    Creating something everyday helps me get through challenges and focus when problem solving. :D I accept! :)

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