the 100 day project

I'm just over halfway through #the100DayProject, where you try to stick to your guns and do or make something every day for 100 days. I chose to do a painting every day for 100 days, thinking it would be totally manageable. I had a bunch of canvases sitting waiting for colour, and some wood panels too. I quickly learned that some of the sizes of substrates (what you paint on) were too big to manage successfully in a single day. I broke a few pieces into a few days, and had to switch over to some pieces on paper to get them done. I'm currently about three days behind, but am plowing through. I'm hoping to get as close to all 100 done by the beginning of July. My end date for this project if July 11, and we have major things due on the 9th, so I might have to try to paint ahead some weeks. As the warm weather showed up these last two weeks, I found it even more challenging to stay inside and work on paintings. Some were being done late at night, resulting in the need to purchase a better desk light. Some days I had to paint 4 or 5 paintings in a day just to catch up. Either way, I'm still glad that I've done this project. Next year, I think I might adjust it a little bit, if I'm going to do it again. I have so many different supplies in my studio that I'd love to work with, so I'm thinking just doing 100 days of creative things might be more suitable. I've been following along with EliseJoy, and that's what she chose for her project this year. It looks fascinating to be able to try new things, even if they fail. Go check out her instagram, and especially look at her stories, where she's documenting her project.  

In the mean time, I thought that I'd share a few of my favourites so far from this challenge. Almost all paintings are available in the shop, where you can score on an original painting for a steal of a price. I decided to keep everything I've painted for this project at $100 or less. If you've wanted an original painting by me, now is definitely the time to snag one. I'd love to see these go to some happy homes!

Paint Nights - New Classes Available

Well it sure has been a hot minute since I've been on here, eh? Sorry friends! It's been a hectic and crazy year! We've moved, started renovations, celebrated friend's new babies, enjoyed life living on the river, participated in many craft shows, threw Christmas into the mix, and now it's already March? I'm sorry, but I honestly don't even know where the last few months have gone!

In other news, I'm now offering Paint Nights! I'm sure you've seen them sprouting up here and there (maybe a little bit everywhere), where you gather a handful of friends, have some drinks and learn how to create a painting from start to finish! I taught my first one in January, and loved it. Check out the masterpieces created by these talented ladies below! I was so impressed with them!

Student paintings - Winter Forest Night Sky

They each picked out a colour scheme that went with their homes, or colours that just resonated with them. They learned new techniques for applying paint, mixing colours, blending and detail work. I'll include some process photos in a little slideshow. There were lots of laughs, amid the wine and snacks, and after a couple hours, each lady went home with a completed painting to show off to their family. 

I'm now offering more in person Paint Night classes. New painting samples will be coming within the week, as well as a couple that are already ready! If you are interested in hosting a group for a Paint Night, please email me! I'd love to book a night with you and some friends to have as much fun as the group above did! Email me HERE or at reva@daughterziondesigns.com

Paint Nights include: 2-3 hours instruction and all your supplies (canvas, paint, brushes, easels, palettes, water cups, rags, aprons). Drinks and snacks not included.
Cost: $40 per adult and $25 per child 11 and under (minimum 4 students, max 10 students). Child painters in SK and up preferred.
A deposit is required to book your date. Please email to discuss dates.

New Paint Night samples to come, but in the mean time, here are some that are currently offered!  The Sunset Palms Silhouette is a great option for kids classes too! The silhouette options are totally customizable, as I bring a worksheet of various silhouette ideas to choose from!

Winter Forest Night Sky

Sunflower

Island Palms

Starry Field

Sunset Palms Silhouette - Customizable!

April Free Wallpaper Downloads

I know I told you last post that I was taking a break for a little while... but I thought that I would still send you a little love in the form of this month's free desktop and phone wallpaper downloads! Since it has snowed here again... which is bumming me out, I have thrown a little tropical green love your way. Here's hoping that this extended winter doesn't stay too much longer. 

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click image to take you to Flickr to download!

 click image above and save to your device!

click image above and save to your device!

**This image is for personal use only, as a wallpaper for phone or computer. Exclusive rights belong to Reva Madryga of Daughter Zion Designs. This download may not be reproduced, altered, or sold. If you would like to use it in any other way other than intended, please email me at reva@daughterziondesigns.com to discuss.**

March Free Wallpaper Downloads

 Right click on image to save, or click on image below to take you to Flickr to download

Right click on image to save, or click on image below to take you to Flickr to download

Sorry that I didn't get a February wallpaper download out to ya'll. It's been a hectic month. Thankfully, the craziness is over for a brief moment. To let you in on the news, we've sold our house and are moving! So, of course, it's going to be hectic again shortly, but in the mean time, I finally feel like I have a moment to breathe. Thankfully (or maybe not) a little illness came to visit me these last couple days. I say thankfully, because at least I got sick when I didn't have any pressing deadlines, orders, or appointments with the realtor. I was able to literally do nothing, and try to rest up. Imagine my surprise when yesterday afternoon, I realized how boring it is to do nothing. Being sick just plain sucks, and having no energy to even read your favourite book sucks even more. 

Speaking of rest, if you don't follow me on Instagram, I announced this week that I'm going to be putting the shop on vacation for a couple months. With the current custom orders and wedding suites I have on the go right now, my schedule is pretty full. My besties are moving to town, and I'm going to be helping paint their new house... and then a little while later it will be time for us to move into (and paint) our new house! So in the mean time, I'm going to be taking a little vacation from running the shop as well as not accepting any new custom orders until after we are settled in. I'm going to be still be teaching my workshops and the couple homeschool classes I have booked, and of course, take the opportunity to be creating some new pieces. I'm aiming to come back in late summer sometime, with a whole new launch of products! I've already started some of those, and can't wait to show you!

In light of healing up and regaining energy, and spring hopefully around the corner, I'm here to offer you the March Free wallpaper downloads for your phone and desktop! Click the images below to save them to your device/computer, or the images of the phone and computer mock ups will take you to Flickr, and you can download from there!

 Click image above to take you to Flickr to download!

Click image above to take you to Flickr to download!

 Right click on image to save, or click on image below to take you to Flickr to download

Right click on image to save, or click on image below to take you to Flickr to download

Click image above to take you to Flickr to download!

 

**This image is for personal use only, as a wallpaper for phone or computer. Exclusive rights belong to Reva Madryga of Daughter Zion Designs. This download may not be reproduced, altered, or sold. If you would like to use it in any other way other than intended, please email me at reva@daughterziondesigns.com to discuss.**


Workshops Now Available!

Have you been wanting to learn Modern Calligraphy? Well the time is finally here! Workshops are now available, and I'll be teaching you! These workshops are going to be in an intimate setting, with in-person, hands on teaching. Every student will get a full kit, which will give them everything needed to start a new hobby in calligraphy. The basic strokes will be taught, and then perfected as lowercase and uppercase alphabets are taught, as well as the rules of traditional calligraphy. Since the classes are for modern calligraphy, those traditional rules will be broken, which will result in personal, individual lettering styles, unique to each student. 

Calligraphy is a great skill. Not only will you have a new technique to impress your friends with, but you'll also have a greater understanding of the art of lettering, and it's importance in our society! Handwriting will soon be a lost art, unless it is carried on through hobbyists and professionals...which after a little practice, could easily be you! You'll leave this workshop with a great understanding of the forms needed to create beautiful writing, which can allow you to address beautiful cards, make your own wedding invitations, or lovely pieces of artwork for gifts or your own home!

Your kit is fully included in the class cost, as well as some light refreshments. Grab a handful of friends, and let's set up a date! Classes can be held in your homes if you like, or feel free to come out to one of the pre-scheduled dates! 

Send me an email if you would like to host a class, or head over to the workshop page to look at the dates already scheduled! I hope to see you soon, and get a pen in your hand!