The #100dayproject ~ Part 5

The #100dayproject ~ Part 5 - Art Journal Techniques on Small Squares - Marjie Kemper

Here’s the final installment of my efforts for #the100dayproject. I am SO glad I participated, and equally glad it’s over… I had no real understanding of how long 100 consecutive days would be.  If you’d like to see Days 1-80, please click on the images at the bottom of this post.

#the100dayproject Marjie Kemper Days 81-100 (collage of art journal techniques)

Art Journal Techniques on Small Squares

I started this project on April 19 and every day for 100 days, I posted some kind of art on a small square, usually in the form of a mini art journal page. This project originated from Elle Luna and The Great Discontent. Here’s how they describe it:

What Is the 100-Day Project?

It’s a celebration of process that encourages everyone to participate in 100 days of making. The great surrender is the process; showing up day after day is the goal. For the 100-Day Project, it’s not about fetishizing finished products—it’s about the process.

Marjie Kemper Designs #100daysproject - mixed media art journal techniques - Days 81-84

The idea was to do something creative every day for 100 days and share it on social media.  You’d share the photo specifically on Instagram with a hashtag for the entire project (#the100dayproject) as well as a unique hashtag for your own project (mine was #100daysofsmallsquares).

Marjie Kemper Designs #100daysproject - mixed media art journal techniques - Days 85-88

I chose to unify my posts by using small squares of paper that ranged from 2″ to 4″ in size.  The larger squares were much easier to work with and the smallest ones nearly impossible… I thought they’d be the easiest!

Marjie Kemper Designs #100daysproject - mixed media art journal techniques - Days 89-92


My color came from paint and ink… mostly Distress Inks, Dylusions Ink Sprays, and Distress Stains. I made an effort to not use any of the focal images more than once, and that was a bit challenging memory-wise (again, 100 days is longer than you’d think and that’s a lot of images to remember.)

Marjie Kemper Designs #100daysproject - mixed media art journal techniques - Days 93-96

Boy, was I glad when Day 100 (July 27) rolled around! I’m not sure if I’ll do it again next year, but I’m quite happy to have completed it.  This has definitely opened my mind to considering the 30-day challenges that pop up on the internet frequently. Thirty days sounds quite ‘do-able’ now!

Marjie Kemper Designs #100daysproject - mixed media art journal techniques - Days 97-100

If you’d like to learn about the techniques I used working with Distress Inks, Dylusions Ink Sprays, Distress Stains and more…. check out my online class with Craftsy.  It comes with lifetime access and a money-back guarantee!   It’s called Inventive Ink: Colorful Mixed Media Effects

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  1. You have done a beautiful job of getting lots of art into small spaces, Marjie! But, I have to say, I am most impressed with your ability to stick to this challenge. 100 days is a VERY long time. My art apron is off to you, my friend!!

    • Marjie Kemper says:

      Thanks a lot, Kay. It was daunting, for sure, but I’m really glad I stuck with it. I think about a third of the way through I realized well heck, this really IS a challenge. A good experience, no doubt.

  2. A huge commitment but what a wonderful sense of accomplishment and all that beautiful art as a keepsake of the event.

  3. MAGNIFIQUE +++++++++++++++

  4. Thanks for sharing this creative journey – a mini peak into your creative genius. 100 days ! Amazing!

    • Marjie Kemper says:

      Thanks, Fern! It was maybe-more-than-I-want-to-do next time, but who knows? Next April I might be ready to go again.

  5. Awesome. Beautiful art.