Light up your Life with a Spark of Creativity!
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Art: The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination.
Creativity: The use of imagination or original ideas to create something; inventiveness.
I just love Art. I love creating. I love looking at what other people create and most of all I love inspiring others to flex their creative muscles. I have quite a few creative outlets ranging from dance to crochet to drawing to card making and paper-craft. I deeply believe adding creativity to your daily life is the best happy pill you can take and mind you there are no negative side effects.
There is nothing better than the feeling of being in the flow without thinking about time and getting completely lost in a project. Forgetting about deadlines, laundry, dishes all that fun stuff. It’s almost like going on a mini-holiday, traveling into a different realm. Creating doesn’t have to happen in solitude to be fun though. I often share it with my kids and it is amazing to see how one thought can snowball into a whole creative project that makes the entire family roll on the floor with laughter.
The Magic of Creating
Creating art is like a magic ability to direct your focus into something enjoyable and productive without expectations or judgment. Not everyone grew up with this definition of art. My experience of creating art growing up was not like this at all. There was a lot of judgment around all my creations from others and I wasn’t encouraged to pick and choose what criticism I take on board or not. I was never encouraged to create something unique or expressive it was all about rules and colouring inside the lines. But really, there is no right or wrong when it comes to art. Your way of expression is right no matter what anyone else says. Martha Graham summed it up beautifully, she said:
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.”
I’m sure I”m not the only one whose creative muscles have not been strengthened enough to create art without fear of judgment or high expectations. The need to create is natural to us humans, but sometimes gets badly neglected and suppressed. The health benefits of adding a little creativity to your life almost sound too good to be true.
Numerous studies are claiming that being in the flow reduces anxiety and stress and boosts your mood. The hit of dopamine that you get will make you feel happier. Strengthening your creative muscle can increase your problem-solving skills and help you focus better. There are plenty of benefits but the best thing is to just try it out yourself and see what it does for you. I am convinced it will add something positive to your life and also into the lives of people around you.
“But I don’t have time”, you say, “I can’t draw a straight line”, you say, “I can’t think of anything creative to do” and my all-time favorite: “I am just not creative.” All good reasons, but not good enough. You don’t have to become a full blown artist or even start a creative hobby. Already a little spark of creativity planted into your day can light you up.
In this blog I want to share tiny, small bite-size projects with you that hopefully will be fun for you to complete by yourself or shared with others. I’ve been doing this with my family for a long time and it brought so much joy to all of us that I now want to share it with all of you out there who feel like they need a little spark of creativity but don’t quite know how to start or are afraid to get started because of judgment and expectation.
Getting started is the biggest obstacle of all and I want to help you overcome it. Creating art is a Journey, yup it’s the big J word. I would love to be your creative journey travel buddy and if that sounds good to you keep an eye out for my blog. I hope you will have fun with it!
Three rules apply to all the projects:
Just DO, don’t overthink
You can’t do anything wrong. Be as SILLY as possible
Have NO expectations
Let's light it up and take your pen for a walk
Grab a piece of paper and a pen.
“But I don’t have time”, you say, “I can’t draw a straight line”, you say, “I can’t think of anything creative to do” and my all-time favorite: “I am just not creative.” All good reasons, but not good enough. You don’t have to become a full-blown artist or even start a creative hobby. Already a little spark of creativity planted into your day can light you up.
Let the pen flow and make its way and don’t lift it off the page. Creating a line from one side to the other. Give it a few goes, all on the same page. (If you have trouble letting the line flow then listen to some music and make your line dance :-)
You probably noticed that the more lines there are on the page the more interesting it gets. Decisions need to be made. Where to go, to cross or not to cross, different colour, different pen. You have the power to choose (may the force be with you)
Always only use one line, don’t lift the pen off the page. Maybe use a paintbrush and paint or use black paper and draw with white chalk. Go nuts. Unless you are allergic to nuts then please just go wild!
The extra challenge for this little project is to create a shape with your line between the beginning and end point. You can pick simple or complex shapes or even writing. See what happens.
In case you are wondering, I’m not giving you any examples because there is no right or wrong way of doing this. Follow the directions and create your very own marks on the paper. Do it while on the phone. Do it on your phone while waiting in line (There are some cool drawing apps) or share this with your kids in school or at home. You could even get your pets involved.
- Just DO, don’t think
- You can’t do anything wrong. Be as SILLY as possible
- Have NO expectations
The first spark is ignited. Keep playing with this as much as you like. You most likely have your very own ideas by now of what to try.
Cordi's Art and Creativity Book Club
Before I let you go play. I want to share one of my favourite books on creativity with you. There are soooo many out there and they are all fabulous in their very own way. This is one of my all time favourites.
The Nine Modern-day Muses (and a Bodyguard) is a wonderfully funny and heartwarming book to read when you are setting out to strengthen your creative muscle. It was the first one I read when I started working out my creative muscles and I go back to it again and again. It is filled with inspiring quots and the characters you meet in this book will make you laugh out loud. I feel in love with all of them :-) I hope you enjoy it as well.
If I got you all fired up to get creative you can download my FREE Art kits here. They have a little bit of everything for you to create beautiful cards, scrapbooks or art to hang on your wall.
You can take a look at them here.
Catch you next week for another creative spark!
Keep flexing those creative muscles!