Monday, August 5, 2019

The 100 Day Project - my thoughts and learning

Did you have already jump into challenges? Those that often run on Instagram and in with we create during some days? Yeh, I had already join some of them, and I always saw big growth on my art and in my commitment to create everyday. But In a big challenge like #the100daysproject I had never thought on joining it!!

This year for the first time in my art journey I jump into this big project - #the100dayproject. 

The years before I always wanted to enter, but then it seems to me so scary the enormous number of 100 days!!! :) I immediately say to me. No this is not for you. You will never get to 100 with your busy life, with kids, home, garden, work. So I always left aside for another time. Do you relate with this? Have you already wanted to join but never did because of fears and lots of if's...?

But this year pushed by other friends we decided to jump into the project, starting a little project in this one. We wanted to create an art journaling Portuguese community because we always felt alone here in Portugal in what concerns to mixedmedia and art journaling. Is not to much known and most of the girls, like me talk in English so we never know each others.
So we decided to create the #100daysartjournalemportuguês and make a call to the Portuguese girls who would want to join us.

With this big excuse and excited with the idea of starting something in Portuguese I jump into the project.

I knew at the very beginning that I had to be very committed and organized so I could reach the end point. So I set three "rules" that helped me and turned things much easier:

  • I decided to work small. I gather scraps of paper, scraps from already painted paper, mostly under paper that I collect. I rip them into little pieces and I put 100 pieces on a box. Since the papers were already with some paint, or marks was more easy to start, and create on little chunks of time.
  • I decided that I wanted to create 100 pieces of art, rather than use 100 days to create. So I was no punishing me if in some day I could not create and I would create two or three at the same time if I could have more time in one day to create.
  • I limit myself on supply's. Too many supply's can be overwhelming because you are thinking too much on what to use, that you will be stressed and no being free to create. 

With this three points set I was more confident and I enjoyed all the process with no stress.

All the journey was amazing. With the practice almost daily my art evolved, and I was able to discover more about my style color combinations, marks and techniques. If we commit to create in a daily basis even in small chunks of time at the end the learning time is big and practice makes perfect. 

After all this project and along the journey there were things that I learn that I want to share with you:

  • A challenge is always a great thing to do to commit with daily practice;
  • With daily practice your skills will growth to another level;
  • A big challenge can be a great test to your resilience skills and will create that sense of never give up if you commit with you and with your art;
  • You will be forced to be creative because you will want to create different everyday and that will develop your creativity. So what I saw is that during my creations I come up with lots of ideas of other things (projects, techniques) that I will explore later;
  • A small project, like making a little piece of art everyday can turn into a big project, because at the end you will have 100 pieces of art and you will be in a better place in your art journey, because you growth so much;
  • We start creating a beautiful and awesome community that supports and encourage you and that gives you strength to continue.
  •  You can create everyday alone, yes you can, but that commitment with the challenge is different then when you are creating just because.

So for me this was the biggest challenge that I ever join and the one that I had more growth as an artist. What I can tell to you is that if you consider joining  challenges it can be a milestone on your art path for sure. 

If you set your goals, if you commit with you and your art time, if you schedule that time, even if it is 5 minutes, if  you adjust the challenge to your reality thinking on an easy project that you love to do, then you will see that you made giant steps on your art practice and growth.
This was what I felt  that happen to me.

What are your thoughts on challenges? Did you ever commit to one that you saw such big results? 

I really felt that I had to write this post  because of the things that I learn and achieve. I wanted to share with you. 

Have fun creating!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Art Journal with me I Exploring the "Play and Explore Tags Set

Hey friends!

I've been playing with my "Play and Explore Tags Set" I'm very excited with all the ideas that I have to create with them. I'm thinking on creating a series of videos with ideas using the tags.

If you haven't seen check the video where I share some tips on how I printed the set.

Today I want to share with you the video with me creating an entire spread on my art journal, from start to finish using one of the tags.

Want the "Play and Explore Tags Set?

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Play and Explore Art Tags set - Tips and ideas on how to print them

Hey friends!!

This week I share with you a  set of Tags "Play and Explore Art Tag set" designed with my art that you can download for free!!!

I know that is super fun have some papers to collage to our pages, to embellish our journals. So I decided that would be fun to share this set with you.
I have some fun ideas on how I will use them that I'll share with you soon, but first I made a quick video showing some ideas on how I print them, like size and kinds of paper, so we can have different options to play with them.

If you haven't download yet you Tag set, just do it!

Saturday, June 15, 2019

The 100 Day Project I Review

This year for the first time in my art journey I had the courage to jump into the big challenge #The100dayproject. Always seems to me so big that I thought! You will never can do that!! Life is too busy, runs so fast. It's not possible.

But this year it sounds like different!! Me and some friends at that time we were trying to figure how could we get together an artjournal community in Portugal. We feel that we need that, because artjournaling is not so well known here. So we decided that #the100dayproject could be a very interesting starting point to start that community. We created a challenge in the big one and we call it #100daysartjournalemportuguês and we started.

This is not a very easy challenge. Commit to make every single day a piece of art during 100 days is not easy. But since I started many things have change. My process evolved so much an I've been able to define my way of making art. It's strange, but that is the truth. 

I'am now at the middle of the challenge and more 50 pieces I'm going to create. At the end of the project I will for sure have some interesting thoughts about this journey to say and a beautiful collection of little pieces of art. I'm learning so much!!

I post every day my creations on instagram. Follow me there.

Monday, June 10, 2019


Hey there friends!
I have great news to share with you all.

You know how important is for me your support and positive comments about my work . I'm absolutely grateful for this beautiful community.
As I already shared on Instagram is my goal to take my art and my creative journey into another level, sharing ideas, tips, and my creative process with you is one of my intentions.

I really believe that when we share we growth though is so important that we can be able to create together and  I'll be happy if I spread some joy and inspiration to you all.

      Here are the news!!! Yehhh

I created a tag set using my own art and I want to give YOU them for free. This tag set is a start to create. You know how "freedom" is my main word when I create. So feel free to rip, tear, paint over, collage. Explore and recreate with these tags.

Sign up for your Free 

I would love see all your creations with the tags. So please share it with us on social media. 
On Instagram or in facebook use the #heartmakesinspired so I don´t miss any!!

Friday, May 3, 2019

Small Journals - Life Documented

Hi friends!
Is time for another video for Life Documented.

May theme: Journal on the fly
Prompt: make a small journal to carry with you
Technique: Use scraps of papers to create small journals
Quote: Crete Art anytime everywhere.

For this week we are going to create small journals to take with us on the go!
I love to work on small size. And I use small hand size journals not only to carry with me but also to work at home when I don’t have too much time for a bigger page.
For my daily practice I use very simple journals with different kind of papers.

I made a video where I create my hand size journals and I also create a kind of a flowish journal to have always on hand scraps of paper ready to be used as collage on your little journals. I was very inspired by the gorgeous boocklets that Roben-Marie has been making for her #100daysproject, and so inspired on her I made this flowish journal!

Check out the video!

Monday, April 1, 2019

Art Journal em Português

This is a billing post (English ↴)

É com uma alegria enorme que vos vou apresentar um desafio que começa já amanhã 2 de Abril, que são os #100daysartjournalemportuguês criado em conjunto com a @sandramarquesdesa e com a @anavilaflor.
Primeiro quero contar-vos um bocadinho do porquê deste desafio. Como sabem eu sou apaixonada por mixed media e artjournal e há uns anos quando comecei não conhecia literalmente ninguém em Portugal que fizesse este tipo de trabalhos, eu comecei a aprender na internet e foi a partir daí que criei a minha comunidade. 
Para me fazer entender criei a minha página no instagram e sempre falei em inglês. No entanto sempre a precisar de companhias portuguesas para partilhar e trocar ideias. 

Pensava cá para comigo, de certeza que há por aí muita gente a fazer isto, mas como eu, falarão todas em inglês e não nos aprecebemos umas das outras. 
Esta minha vontade de encontrar comunidade cá dentro fazia-me pesquisar constantemente por portuguesas até que encontrei a Sandra e a Ana, e depois de algumas conversas e de nos termos conhecido pessoalmente, percebemos que era comum a vontade de criar uma comunidade de mixed media e artjournal em Portugal. Assim surgiu o #criaremportuguês.

Para o desafio inicial e para a chamada de portuguesas decidimos entrar no desafio #100daysproject com o #100daysartjournalemportuguês.
E é agora que a minha felicidade dispara!!! Não é que depois da primeira publicação em Português, a falar de mixed media e art journal apareceram meninas que gostam desta arte? 
E cá estamos nós!! Todas nós empolgadas na véspera de começar o nosso desafio em Português.

Vejam o vídeo que fiz para a apresentação do projeto. Não se esqueçam de ver as páginas da Sandra e da Ana também!!!

Quem quiser está sempre a tempo de começar e juntar-se a nós. Este é o primeiro de muitos projetos e ideias que temos e estamos a preparar para vos trazer no mundo da mixed media e artjournal agora também em Português.

Para ser mais fácil nos encontrarmos e vermos os trabalhos de todas, estamos no instagram e usamos as #criaremportuguês e #100daysartjournalemportuguês.

Hello Hello my friends,
Today I want to talk with you about one project #criaremportuguês that I co-created with two friends @sandramarquesdesa and @anavilaflor.
First a little bit about why this!!? Well has you know I'm a Portuguese artist and since I started I felt really alone on this mixed media world here in Portugal. After I started my IG account I started to talk in English because I wasn't seeing nothing of this kind of works on my country, nor people doing that. So talking English was the best way I could get in a mixed media community. 
After some years I started to feeling that I wanted to create a Portuguese community. Probably there is people out there doing the same as me and talking in English, so I will never find those people. I started to search and finally found some Portuguese girls who love art journal too. After some conversations and feeling the same that I was feeling we decided to create a community for making art journal in Portuguese. And so we created #criaremportuguês. 
For the first call in Portuguese and the first challenge we jump in the #100daysproject and created our own little project the #100daysartjournalemportuguês.
So after the first call we found some really good girls, all talking in English!!! :) :) they loved the idea and  jump into this project with us. 

We get started tomorrow,  April 2, along with #100daysproject. We are all creating in different forms and having some in common. Words. Portuguese words. One by day. Check out the video for presenting the project. 

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