Top Tips For Starting the 100 Day Challenge

Top Tips For Starting the 100 Day Challenge

Tips for getting started on the 100 Day Challenge 


Are you longing for a creative outlet. The need for something to get back in the game and regain your confidence.

The saying ‘practice makes perfect’ holds true but we like to think of it as ‘practice makes us better’. Regular artistic expression can transform your art style into something you’re genuinely proud to share with the world.

The 100-day challenge is a remarkable method for achieving this. By committing to one small creative act each day for 100 days, you refine your craft and steadily progress towards your larger dreams and goals.

We wholeheartedly recommend setting this challenge for anyone looking to discover their unique art style or striving toward a significant goal. There are no strict rules, except for completing the project every day.


  1. Choose a Manageable Format: Opt for a small art diary (A6 or A5) to make the project achievable even on busy days. If life gets hectic, don’t be disheartened by missing a day; resume the next day (but avoid missing two days in a row). Consistency is key to maintaining momentum. If you are in the flow of things & are inspired to do two on one day & know you will be busy the next you can save it to post on your busy day.

  2. Start Small, Dream Big: While a 100-day commitment might seem daunting, consider beginning with a 7-day or 30-day project. However, we highly recommend the 100-day duration for deep self-exploration and fun exploration. The longer you stick at something the better the results.

  3. Share Your Progress: Utilize social media and hashtags like #100daychallenge, #the100dayproject, and #the100daychallenge. You could also create a unique hashtag for easy project tracking.

  4. Set Guidelines: Establish rules to refine your project and prevent overwhelm. Consider focusing on one subject (flowers, patterns, landscapes, portraits, daily events), using a specific medium, experimenting with different mediums, limiting colors, or setting a time limit.

  5. Diversify Your Subjects: Explore a variety of subjects throughout your challenge. Incorporate elements like nature, everyday objects, emotions, or abstract concepts. Diversifying your subjects will keep your creativity flowing and prevent monotony.

  6. Experiment with Techniques: Use the 100-day challenge as an opportunity to experiment with different artistic techniques. Vary your strokes, shading methods, or try out new tools and materials. Embrace the learning process and discover what techniques resonate most with your style.

  7. Incorporate Personal Reflection: Integrate a reflective element into your challenge. Consider adding a brief description or journal entry alongside each piece, sharing your thoughts, feelings, or the inspiration behind the artwork. This can create a more profound connection between you and your audience. 


Celebrate Milestones: Acknowledge and celebrate your achievements along the way. Designate specific milestones, such as every 25 days, to reflect on your progress and growth. Consider sharing a compilation of your work at these intervals, allowing yourself to appreciate the journey and inspire others.

Remember, the key to a successful 100-day challenge is consistency and the willingness to explore and evolve. Enjoy the process and embrace the learning opportunities that arise during the creative journey!


Before our 100-day challenge, sharing our work on Instagram was a challenge due to self-doubt. However, once we started, the support and interest from a newfound community were overwhelming. Our following grew through consistent posts and hashtag usage. It was a unique experience, unlike anything we’d encountered in our previous years in the industry.

So, our collective message today is: CREATE MORE & SHARE MORE.

We hope this collective experience inspires you to embark on your project. 

Check out our 100 day projects over on instagram 



Join us!

Xx ~ Fleur & Ryann

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I am an Artist Summit – 19 Surface Designers & Experts


We are honoured to be invited to speak at this Summit along side 18 other amazing industry leaders!!
Are you ready to take your passion for surface design to the next level? Do you dream of turning your artistic talent into a thriving profession, but find yourself held back by doubts and fears?


  • Waking up every day excited to create beautiful designs that people love.
  • Having a thriving business where you can set your own hours and work from anywhere in the world.
  • Having your work featured in top magazines like Uppercase and Flow
  • Seeing your designs on products in retailers like Target and Anthropologie.

This is all possible for you…

This summit brings together 19 world-renowned surface designers to share their tips and tricks of the trade, reveal their own creative journeys, and answer your burning questions.

Here are just a few of the benefits you’ll get from attending:

  • Learn from the best in the business: You’ll have the opportunity to learn from some of the most successful surface designers in the world, including Bonnie Christine, Mel Armstrong, Cat Coq, Erin Kendal, Jess Miller, Charly Clements and more.
  • Get inspired by their stories: Hear about the challenges and triumphs that these designers have faced on their journeys to success.
  • Get your questions answered live: At the end of the summit, you’ll have a chance to participate in a live Q&A session with the speakers.
  • Get lifetime access to all the content: Once you register, you’ll get lifetime access to all the video tutorials, Q&A sessions, and other resources.

This summit is perfect for you if you’re:

  • An aspiring surface designer who is eager to learn from the best.
  • A seasoned surface designer who wants to take your business to the next level.
  • Anyone who wants to learn more about the surface design industry and how to succeed in it. 


What is the “I Am An Artist” Summit?
This 5-day virtual event is a unique opportunity to unlock your creative potential and gain valuable insights into the world of surface design. 

19 well-known artists and designers who are ready to share their tips, tricks, and personal journeys with you.

Who is it for?
If you’re an aspiring surface designer or a seasoned pro looking to reignite your passion, this summit is for you. We understand the challenges you face, from imposter syndrome to fear of rejection and the worry that the market may be too crowded. We’re here to help you overcome these obstacles and shine as an artist.
What to Expect:
– Expert tutorials and insights from industry leaders.
– Engaging Q&A sessions with your favorite artists.
– Lifetime access to all summit content.
– VIP access to a live zoom call with some of the designers.
Early Bird Tickets:
Don’t miss out on our special early bird offer! Get your ticket for just USD$397.60 (coupon code EARLYBIRD20) from October 23rd to October 31st. After that, tickets will be sold at the full price of USD$497.
Summit Dates:
Mark your calendar! The summit kicks off on November 6, 2023, and runs until November 10. Each day will be filled with inspiration, knowledge, and opportunities for growth.
Ready to take the first step towards turning your creative passion into a profession? Join us at the “I Am An Artist” Summit, where we’ll help you conquer your fears, build your skills, and connect with a vibrant community of fellow artists.

Join us! 

Creative Brief Member Spotlight

Creative Brief Member Spotlight

Creative Brief Member Spotlight

Artist Spotlight Rianne van den Berg

October 16, 2023

Rianne is an artist and designer from The Netherlands.

Inspired by her love for travelling, thrift stores and her hobby of sewing clothes with beautiful fabrics, she now designs fabric for other makers and brands.

She loves infusing a sense of nostalgia and whimsy into her patterns by combining modern aesthetics with vintage inspiration.

If you would love to see more of Rianne’s designs click here 

The Portfolio Building Creative Briefs are so inspiring and professional!

My favourite part of them are the moodboards and motif examples because they instantly spark so many design ideas. I always feel inspired and I can immediately dive into designing.

My tip for Surface Pattern Designers is this: while designing your hero and coordinating prints, pull little motifs aside to create blender prints with.

Those extra blender prints aren’t necessarily designs you need to add to your collection sell sheet, but they are perfect for uploading onto Spoonflower!

We love hearing from our Portfolio Building Creative Design Brief members on how they love our Design Briefs & their hot tips for working with them! if you are a member & would love to be featured submit below.

If you are not a member yet & would love to learn more about our amazing design tool to help you build your portfolio like a pro then click the button below to learn more.

At Creative Studio Collective, we’re all about crafting fantastic design tools for Surface Pattern Designers, Textile Designers, Artists & creatives that support you on your creative journey, allowing you to focus on the enjoyable aspects while we handle all the strategic thinking and planning for you! 

100 Day Challenge – How do you come up with what to draw for the challenge?

100 Day Challenge – How do you come up with what to draw for the challenge?

100 Day Challenge

Mastering Your 100-Day Art Challenge: Crafting a Prompt List for Success

 Are you considering embarking on the exciting journey of a 100-day art challenge? The thought of creating something new every day for an extended period can be both thrilling and daunting. One helpful step to eliminate the overwhelm of this challenge is coming up with a list of what you want to draw or create for each day. In this blog post, we’ll explore how to curate a list that keeps you inspired and motivated throughout your artistic marathon.

1. Define Your Focus

Begin by defining your artistic focus. Much like any artist taking on this adventure, let’s say you want to delve into the realm of illustrations and challenge yourself to draw objects and shapes that don’t naturally spring to mind. Identifying your focus will provide you with a clear direction and purpose for your challenge. This will not only make your daily drawings more coherent but also help you grow as an artist within your chosen niche.

2. Brainstorm a Diverse Range of Prompts

Once you’ve pinpointed your focus, it’s time to brainstorm a diverse range of prompts. Open your creative floodgates and let your imagination flow freely. Consider objects, themes, and subjects that intrigue you or challenge your skills. Think outside the box and include items you might not typically gravitate toward.

To illustrate this process, consider compiling a list of 150 different prompts on your phone, spanning from telephones and breakfast foods to cars. This extensive list can serve as a wellspring of inspiration for each day of the challenge. Don’t hesitate to seek inspiration from various sources, such as books, movies, nature, or even your own experiences.

3. Think About Future Projects

While brainstorming prompts, be mindful of their potential utility in future projects. Consider prompts that could be seamlessly integrated into your broader artistic endeavors. Whether it’s creating greeting cards, patterns, or any other form of artwork, these prompts should serve as building blocks for your creative journey.

4. Maintain Flexibility

One of the beautiful aspects of a 100-day art challenge is the freedom it offers. You’re not bound by your list; it’s merely a helpful tool. As an artist, there’s no need to force yourself to use the list every day. Instead, treat it as a resource you can turn to when you’re feeling stuck or in need of a starting point. Embrace spontaneity and let your creativity flow naturally. Some days, you might find inspiration outside your list, and that’s perfectly fine.

In conclusion, creating a list for your 100-day art challenge is all about finding a balance between structure and spontaneity. Define your focus, brainstorm a diverse range of prompts, think about future projects, and remember that your list is there to inspire, not restrict.

By following these steps, you’ll be well-prepared to embark on your artistic adventure and create a stunning body of work over the course of your 100-day journey. Good luck, and let your creativity soar!

Join us!

Xx ~ Fleur & Ryann

PS. If you would love to stay up to date we everything we do & this challenge then join our newsletter HERE 
Studio Tip Increasing the Amount of Completed Quality Artwork

Studio Tip Increasing the Amount of Completed Quality Artwork

Q: How can I increase the amount of finished artwork I create while still creating quality work?

This is a question many artists, illustrators, designers ask themselves at some point in their journey. 
How can you be more efficient creating artwork without sacrificing quality? 
Some of this comes with time and practice. You’ll almost inevitably get faster creating artwork the more you practice and the more you do it. Like all muscles the more you exercise it the more efficient you will become when using it. 
In the meantime eliminating decisions through creating rules or boundaries can be a helpful tool in speeding up your process. 
You can do this in many ways but some common boundaries are limiting the color palette you use, or even the medium you create with. By doing this rather than sitting down to create work and spending time deciding which yellow to use out of the million different yellows, you limit your choices by having a consistent dark, medium, and light yellow in your palette that you use every time. 
This instantly allows you to pick which of the three is right for the composition and move on. Boundaries or rules like these allow you to not only increase the speed at which you can create by limiting the decisions you need to make but also make your artwork consistent looking across your portfolio.
Don’t forget as your art practice grows you’ll inevitably add in new rules and break old ones!
Talk soon!
Fleur & Ryann