My 365-Day Project Rules of Engagement

365 tools

Between yesterday and today, I’ve listened to about half a dozen Kate Bingaman-Burt podcast interviews. She fascinates me so much. I mention her today because in the numerous interviews I’ve heard, she stressed the importance of starting a project with a defined set of rules and restrictions — rules of engagement, if you will. I realize I started the project over a week ago, but hey, better late than never.

These are the rules of engagement for my 365-day project (effective tomorrow, 12/17):

1. Max time: one hour of drawing and watercolor painting daily.
2. If the drawing is incomplete by the end of the hour, scan and post anyway.
3. Continue any unfinished work the following day and share.
4. Tools will be limited to these:

If you’re curious and want to check in on my progress, my 365-day project has a dedicated blog that you can check out here. I imagine my themes will vary. For example, I’m currently drawing the packaging for foods (or rather, fake foods) I used to eat. I’m quickly getting bored with it, so I’m thinking about next moving on to my collection of socks or something. Also, if you’re on a similar journey, please share a link to your work!


ETA. Shortened 365. I stopped my 365 watercolor project and in its place, I’m going to launch another project that involves drawing celebrated food holidays over the year in gouache. To my credit, I did complete 27 out of 365 days. I realize that sounds somewhat silly, as in "What? Only 27 days?” But that’s still 27 days, and here they are: