Ready to get creative?
#The100DayProject is a free, global art project.
The idea is simple: choose a creative project, do it every day for 100 days, and share your process online.
Every year, thousands of people all around the world commit to 100 days of creating. Anyone can participate (yes, that means you!).
Want to join us for the 8th annual #The100DayProject?
The next round starts January 31st, 2021.
How to play:
STEP 1: SIGN UP FOR THE NEWSLETTER
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STEP 2: JOIN THE ONLINE COMMUNITY
Follow #The100DayProject leader on Instagram @lindsayjeanthomson. While you’re there, search the hashtag #The100DayProject to find and follow other folks participating so we can cheer each other on. And for those of you on Facebook, you can join our group here 🎨
STEP 3: CHOOSE YOUR PROJECT
Pick something you want to do every day for the 100 days of the project. You'll post each instance of 100 on your Instagram account with the hashtag #The100DayProject. What can you do? Anything at all! Paint, draw, dance, knit, doodle, sing, brush your teeth. More on what makes a good project in the FAQ section 👏
STEP 4: SHARE YOUR PROJECT
Let your friends and followers on Instagram know that you're doing the project by sharing one of the images below or creating your own. Tag your announcement with #The100DayProject so that other people doing the project can find you, and add your own unique hashtag for your project so that all of your posts will sit nicely together. Include both hashtags on every post ＃
STEP 5: GET READY TO START JANUARY 31
Organize your tools (that's whatever you need to do your project) and make space in your calendar. Starting January 31st, do your project and post every day until May 10th. It's okay if you miss a day! Keep going. However many days it takes you to do your project is perfect 💯
You have questions? We've got answers.
1. What makes a good project?
So many things! Depends on what you're looking to get out of it. Want to build your portfolio? Write a book? Practice a skill or get better at using a tool? Just have fun? Get clear on what you want out of the project.
Once you have an idea, here are some practical tips:
Make sure you can do it in 5-10 minutes a day. More time is nice if you have it, but if it's a really time-consuming project you probably won't do it every day.
Make sure the tools you need to do your project are accessible and portable. Will it fit in your purse or backpack? Can you travel with it (you know, when we can travel again)? They should also be financially accessible – there's no reason you have to buy an expensive new tool (unless you really want to and it’s in your budget).
Pick something generative. For example, one year Lindsay pulled a tarot card every day. When Michael Bierut started the project, he drew an image every day based on a photo in The New York Times. What's something that can do the deciding for you?
Whatever project you choose, think about how you can make it easier and more fun.
2. Can you give feedback on my project idea?
No, sorry. See above for tips on picking a good project. This year's Q&A will be Sunday, January 10th at 9 am Pacific on my Instagram Live here.
3. But what if I have no idea what to do?
What are you curious about? What do you love to do just because? What do you want to get better at? Brainstorm with a friend or make a list of ideas. What have other people done that you find interesting? Or maybe your project is 100 days of figuring out what to do. That's cool! Another good place to start is by thinking about what you want to get out of doing the project.
4. Why should I do the project?
We’re not that into should around here. Do you want to do the project? That’s a great reason. Other great reasons: because taking five minutes out of the day to do something just because you love it is pretty radical. Because creative confidence is earned through practice. Because inspiration shows up when you do. Or just…because.
5. What makes a good hashtag?
Something unique and specific. The first year I did the project my hashtag was #100DaysOfPhotography, which was neither unique nor specific (oops). If I want to find those posts, I have to scroll all the way back to 2015. A lifetime ago! Search what you're thinking about using and see what shows up. You might want to try something else if it already has a lot of posts. We can't stop someone else from using your hashtag. If you're new to hashtags, read Instagram's FAQ here.
6. What if I'm not on Instagram?
Then you're not on Instagram! That's okay. You can choose to sign up or post on another platform instead. Take a picture just for yourself. Do what works for you. And…part of the project is putting your work out there.
7. What if I'm not an Artist?
Ooh, trick question. We’re all artists. You don’t have to think of yourself as one (yet), or even think of yourself as being particularly creative. A lot of us have complicated relationships with our creativity. We’ll work on it. You just have a desire to work on something and a willingness to commit to it for 100 days.
8. What if I miss the start date?
Any day is a good day to start your own #The100DayProject. Try reaching out to a few friends or posting on the social platform of your choice looking for co-participants.
9. Is it okay to change my project once I start?
Anything is okay, it's your project. The rules are made up. Here's the deal: sometimes it's worthwhile to work through something. Sometimes it's better to cut your losses and walk away. What's right for you right now? Only you know.
10. Can I do works in progress?
11. What if I miss a day?
Most people miss a day (or a lot of days 😉). Sometimes people take a year or two to finish their project. However many days it takes you to do your project is perfect. Don't stress, do what you can, and have fun with it. This isn't meant to make you feel bad. Make it work for you.
12. Who started #The100DayProject?
Michael Bierut! Read his reflections on the project or listen to our interview with him here. Elle Luna and friends brought it to Instagram in 2014 and Lindsay started co-leading with Elle in 2017.
13. What if I have other questions?
Most answers can be found here, by signing up for the newsletter, joining or watching the Q&A, following @lindsayjeanthomson, or looking up the hashtag #the100dayproject on Instagram. The Facebook group is also a good resource.
14. Who's running this?
Hey there, I'm Lindsay Jean Thomson. In addition to leading #The100DayProject, I'm a writer and co-founder of Women Catalysts. In 2016, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, a bizarre yet life-affirming experience I chronicled for VICE.
15. How can I support the project?
We're so glad you asked! Spread the word! Tell people you're doing the project and invite them to participate too. Our vision is to champion creativity. We hope to motivate people to pursue the practices that give them joy and help them feel safe to express and share their creativity.
You can also get some merchandise – we've got super cute tees, totes, mugs, stickers, etc.
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