'Give Me Back the Night' crane
'Give Me Back the Night' crane (Photo: Cristian Marianciuc)

At the start of each new year, we challenge ourselves to become the person we dream of being. For many people that means getting in shape or making more money, but another common goal is fostering more creativity. That's exactly what 26-year-old artist Cristian Marianciuc was hoping for at the beginning of 2015 when he embarked on his 365-day origami crane project.

"Every day, I fold an origami crane, using it as a blank canvas," Marianciuc writes. "I describe my day through colors, shadows and everything that surrounds me. It has helped my creativity a great deal, and it has also become somewhat of a daily ritual."

'Pat on the Back' crane
'Pat on the Back' crane (Photo: Cristian Marianciuc)

At its core, Marianciuc views his ambitious 365-day origami project as a open diary. As with any diary, it's punctuated with highs and lows, but over the past 10 months, he's noticed that the simple act of creating a crane has the power to turn around any negative feelings.

"It sometimes happens that I start working on a crane when I am in a not-so-great mood," Marianciuc begins, "but as I get busy and distracted by what I do, things seem to get so much better. All the layers I add tend to turn things around for the best."

'Bluest Depth' crane
'Bluest Depth' crane (Photo: Cristian Marianciuc)

Anyone who has embarked on a 365-day project knows that it can sometimes be a challenge to stay inspired and motivated.

However, Marianciuc — who is rapidly approaching the end of his year-long project — has been able to avoid this problem by incorporating a variety of art mediums and techniques into his work, including watercolor painting, paper quilling, beading and stitching. He also likes to infuse his work with organic materials such as flowers, leaves, lichen and even animal skeletons.

By using a diverse range of materials, Marianciuc is able to churn out refreshing, one-of-a-kind cranes every day without feeling burned out.

Continue below for some of his most compelling entries, and be sure to stay updated with the project on Instagram and Facebook.

'Evergreen' crane
'Evergreen' crane (Photo: Cristian Marianciuc)
'Adagio' crane
'Adagio' crane (Photo: Cristian Marianciuc)
'September Smoke' crane
'September Smoke' crane (Photo: Cristian Marianciuc)
'Nautical' crane
'Nautical' crane (Photo: Cristian Marianciuc)
'Premonition' crane
'Premonition' crane (Photo: Cristian Marianciuc)
'Flesh Deep' crane
'Flesh Deep' crane (Photo: Cristian Marianciuc)
'Breathe Out' crane
'Breathe Out' crane (Photo: Cristian Marianciuc)
'Wire Me to Your Heart' crane
'Wire Me to Your Heart' crane (Photo: Cristian Marianciuc)
'Come Closer' crane
'Come Closer' crane (Photo: Cristian Marianciuc)
'Icarus Midair' crane
'Icarus Midair' crane (Photo: Cristian Marianciuc)
'Cristian and the Cranes' crane
'Cristian and the Cranes' crane (Photo: Cristian Marianciuc)
'We are 11' crane
'We are 11' crane (Photo: Cristian Marianciuc)
'Jonathan' crane
'Jonathan' crane (Photo: Cristian Marianciuc)
'Sweet Unrest' crane
'Sweet Unrest' crane (Photo: Cristian Marianciuc)
'Pearl' crane
'Pearl' crane (Photo: Cristian Marianciuc)
'Flickers' crane
'Flickers' crane (Photo: Cristian Marianciuc)