Creativity is an important part of every life. Business, art, investing–you need creativity in it all. How to bring creativity into your life? Play.
Creative play is a vital part of being serious. Unstructured play allows your mind to run free. Most often it runs to fetch you good ideas.
We often don’t recognize the ideas as good because they are dressed up as something we don’t understand or think we need. When we play we quit focusing on the problem and allow our thoughts to roam. And that’s what allows us to think of many good answers. Use the ones you need, save the ones you don’t use. They’ll be useful later.
Start by playing. Johnathan Feinstein lets you noodle with his geometric elements to make abstract collages with your keyboard.
Read a lot? Make a multi-strand bookmark to keep track of all the parts of a book you love.
“Illustration Friday is a weekly creative outlet/participatory art exhibit for illustrators and artists of all skill levels. It was designed to challenge participants creatively. We believe that every person has a little creative bone in their body. Illustration Friday just gives a no-pressure, fun excuse to use it. It’s a chance to experiment and explore and play with visual art. So welcome, novices and pros alike” –From the website.
Love fabric art? Check out Sue Beiweiss’s blog. Her fabric folders are a great idea.
Wabi-Sabi is a fascination for me. The Japanese aesthetic of honoring the old, worn, and incomplete lead to quiet creativity and simplicity. Some resources for those who want to explore wabi-sabi. If you are as fascinated as I am by this reverence for the simple, the worn, and the unfinished, keep an eye on my newsletter, Imagination Works. I teach a journal writing class based on the principles of wabi-sabi, and the announcements are always in the newsletter.
Remember your prom? These kids will. They went to “Stuck at the Prom” and they made their prom clothes entirely of duct tape. Dresses, tuxes, shoes, purses, wraps (pun intended) all made of duct tape. Who knew it came in so many colors? Sponsored by Duck brand duct tape.
Wish you could find a website dedicated to Photoshop techniques for artists? Get busy, you have lots to look at!
–Quinn McDonald is an artist, writer and certified creativity coach. See her work at QuinnCreative.com