#The100dayproject First Week...DONE

That went so quick.

My first 100 day project and already a week in. How have I found the first seven days?

LOVE Love love it so far.

I am usually super disorganised and I flit from one project to another with no real comitment to any one task. I have found that having the focus of producing a collage everyday and the need to post it to instagram has made me super organised…(when I say that I mean organised for me).

My space in the studio does look like a bomb has exploded, which is normal, but I have got into the habbit of sorting and tidying up the majority of my art supplies, ready for the next day of creativity. This is progress, I would work in total chaos quite happily but having the tidy-ish space has made me more productive.

I have very much enjoyed scrolling instagram to see what other peoples projects are. There are so many people doing all kinds of things, painters, poets, textile artist, photographers and bakers, so much creativity. Looking through other peoples feeds made mine look so lame, for a visual creative my instafeed is shocking hahaha. So this is my focus for the next week, I want to make a sleek and more put together instafeed, something more professional lookinging and less like the student account it was started as.

In conclusion this #100dayproject has been a great turning point for me, im more creative, more focused and I actually feel positive about the art I create. Roll on week two.

A day at the beach

The weather is starting to change here and the mild spring is making way for the heat of the summer. Before it gets too hot I wanted to take a trip to the local beach and get some photos of my spring rain watercolours. I probably choose the worst day, as we drove across the sand dunes towards the shore line the sky started to turn a dirty blue colour.

I was wearing some yoga leggings I had printed featuring one of my paintings in the hope of getting some nice pictures but I totally forgot until just before we were leaving to go back home. One day I might actually be more organised and have some kind of plan for location shots, maybe one day…..yeah I doubt it, haha.

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Day Two #100daycollageproject

So im currently on a roll and thought I would add a quick post here with todays collage. l totally love this one too, I think its because it is sooooo different to the colours I would normally use and its isn’t a process I use frequently.

I still have more of the peachy-orange papers left (lots in fact) so aim to make some more with these papers. I hope i dont peek to soon and run out of ideas…..nahhhh I’m sure things will only keep getting better.

Day One #100daycollageproject

Day one done. I have to admit I had no idea of the forms or colours I was going to go use. I literally picked up some of the papers I had made from the pile that was gathering dust and just created what felt right. I am happy to say I frikkin love what I made. So so happy. Roll on tomorrow.

Head over to my instagram feed and click on my stories to see the snippets from behind the scenes each day. http://www.instagram.com/dawnyoungart

#100daycollageproject

I decided to do a challenge to try and keep myself in the swing of making something every day.

At the moment I am concentrating on building up my DawnYoungART Etsy store. It has been put to the side briefly while I set up an aditional shop to streamline and arrange my different types of art. Having it all in one store was just confusing. I had a mixture of nursery prints and party printables along with my abstracts, it was a right mess. I am slowly getting there and in December I opened Stuff’n’fluff inc on Etsy just for the nursery prints, I think I will open another in a few months for the party printables, they turned out to be really popular.

I really want to step it up a gear and make this year my most productive, and hopefully I will actually make enough money to cover my supplies, I live in hope. I still get a thrill out of what I do and I love knowing that all over the world there are people who have purchased something that I have made, its a pretty damn cool feeling.

So for the challenge I have opted to make collages. I have stacks of magazines and papers which have been hand painted that really should be used for something more creative than just gathering dust in the corner.

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” #The100DayProject is a free art project that takes place online. Every spring, thousands of people all around the world commit to 100 days of exploring their creativity.”

I hope that you will head over to instagram and see what I’m upto each day as there are process snippets and behind the scenes look at what I am upto everyday in the instagram stories sections.

I will endevour to do a round up post at the end of each week with the best behind the scenes bits and pieces so if your not on instagram you can find the detail here too.

Rainbow Love

I love all colours, even though I am and always will be totally in love with my beloved blue, I do love a rainbow! I don't know what it is about them, but even now I get stupidly excited if I see one in the sky and even more excited if it’s a double rainbow.

My daughter is also totally in love with rainbows. I think it's in part to the whole mermaid unicorn fantasise vibe at the moment. A while ago now I painted a couple of abstract rainbow prints with her in mind and put them up in my Etsy store. These have remained the most popular items I sell! I hope they stand the test of time there is something about them that I really like, they are seemingly simple but the bright burst of colour is a great mood booster. Even on those really dark dismal days, you can have a piece of rainbow magic on your walls.

Both of the prints have been uploaded to Etsy as digital downloads and Society6 where you can choose to have the artwork printed and framed or even applied to home furnishing, phone covers or clothing.

Just playing with watercolor.

I have put my printing to the side at the moment, just playing around with pattern making and colour mixing. It is all in an effort to be a bit more experimental with my prints so not totally abandoned just put on the back burner for a while.

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Palette Love

I don’t do brown haha. Time to experiment with those unloved colours.

I have been gravitating towards deep inky blacks for some of the stronger patterns and the soft pastel watercolours for the background papers. I have been spending a few hours here and there in the studio just mixing different watercolours or just trying to achieve different textures with one colour. I would love to have spent more time just playing with the paints but I have run out of watercolour paper and the multipurpose stuff I have just doesn’t move the pigments in the same way. Roll on Christmas when I can get back to the UK and pick up a fresh batch to take back to Ruwais.

Blue is always my go-to colour but I should really use some of the unloved colours in my palette and see what I can come up with.

So it would appear that I couldn’t give up my blue, It would appear that I have a blue addiction. It also appears that my morning coffee seems to have inspired me for this one. I’m super impressed with how this turned out considering I really really really shy away from earthy browns and oranges as a rule. These colours, however, work really well with the pathlow blue. Who Knew!!! Just goes to show playing around with my grubby watercolour palette came up trumps.

I had a nice morning out at the local beach with my husband, obviously taking a small travel watercolour kit with me and an assortment of different papers. I packed just a blue and an orangy brown colour and made some really lovely little explorations. I came back with quite a nice haul of textures and shapes. Which colours should I experiment with next I wonder.

OMG Neon Paint

I bought a few samples of neon paint a while back while I was studying, with the intention of using it for one of many projects I had on the go. After a brief usage, the bottles were promptly put to the back of the shelf to gather dust.

Well, my little studio has fallen into a little bit of a dumping ground with me travelling back to the UK quite regularly at the moment. Things have become somewhat disorganised, and that's saying something if even I recognise it, haha.

In my efforts to regain some order I have actually created more, as I rediscovered this neon paint and felt compelled to test it out ASAP.

The pictures dont quite capture how vibrant and bright the paint is….I tried several filters but hey ho. You’ll have to trust me these suckers are bright. I had a heap of fun playing around with this stuff and have a few collages all lined up and raedy to play around with. If I can find a way to capture the bright colour I will be putting a few of these into my Etsy store.

Sketchbook Studies

I have always struggled to consistently fill a single sketchbook, I literally have a dozen on the go at once. About two years ago I completed a month-long sketchbook challenge and actually managed to fill the whole thing……..I have failed miserably to duplicate that success!

I have a couple of nice blue inky sketchbooks on the go, filled with indigo spheres and patterns. I have even translated some of these small pieces into some larger abstracts.

As you can see I did experiment colours other than blue hahahahaha.

Blue is and always will be my favourite though. I have some really lovely highly pigmented gold watercolours and they compliment the blues so well, it takes all my effort to not just paint with them all day. I really liked quite a few of the pages in this book and went on to make several larger versions, which of course you can find on ETSY as a digital download and Society6 as a print.

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Blue & Gold

I love the finished item. I’m super pleased I managed to retain some of the real inky blues in areas, it can get washed away quite easily. I feel that using watercolours always adds an element of surprise to your artwork, You might have an idea of how you want something to look but as the paint pools and dries you have little areas that kind of do their own thing, these are always the most interesting parts of a painting, the ones you don't quite control.

Euphoria Rainbow Wall Art

Printable Rainbow Wall Art

I totally adore blue in all its hues but occasionally I have to grab my colour palette and just use them all! Growing up I lived a very monochrome existence, to some extent I still live my life in greys, blacks and blues. It is my default setting but slowly more colour is creeping into my life and I like it.

There is a graduation between each colour and the artwork has lots of interesting texture.  I used alcohol inks on yupo paper, the inks are incredibly intense. I would normally dilute the inks but for some reason I wanted to use them in a really bold and simple way.  I loved the layering of each colour and decided to keep this piece super simple.  I have gone on to use a digital version of the print and created further rainbow artwork.

My daughter loves this piece, sometimes simple things work well and this is certainly the case. I find it funny, some of the more elaborate etchings and drawings I have made may have plenty of likes and follows across social media but just dont seem to sell as well. 

Bedroom Blues

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I love love the inky blues as an accent feature in a bedroom.  I'm currently waiting for a major redesign of our house and I have chosen a grey and blue colour palette for every room.  It is a great base colour combination, teamed up with other bold colours you can create a totally different feel to a room.  A pop of mustard yellow or teal totally peps up the blue.

When we were in discussions with our architect my husband and I both wanted to combine some industrial touches to our home.  We have been looking at replacing our 1930's concrete tiles for a seamed zinc roof, and internally adding brushed aluminium touches.

I would really like to add a few unique pieces of furniture into the mix and found this absolutely beautiful piece on Etsy. I love everything about it, its a work of art in its own right. 

Although this is certainly a statement piece, throw in a few soft furnishing into the room from fluffy textured cushion or rug and put some bold prints on the wall and you can create a softer feel (it is a bedroom after all)

I loved this pretty dream catcher, by ThriftyTreasures01, place with a collection of bold prints in matching navy colours and perhaps pick up a hint of the copper colour in the unit and the scheme all comes together.

 

Navy botanical eucalyptus print

Navy, inky indigo blue my favourite.  A digital collage, simple botanical photograph combined with a watercolour background.

Buy NOW from my Etsy store and you will have the file sent to you in the time it takes to make a cup of coffee. Then print, frame and hang on your wall. SIMPLE.

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