Waking Up Your Creative Side

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One of my goals for this year is to wake up my creativity.  I truly believe that if you ignite your imaginative side, you can perceive the world in a larger and more meaningful way.  Your mind and heart can open up.  You’ll become less stressed.  You’ll relieve negative energy.  You’ll gain confidence.

If you don’t believe me, think about everything that you do on a daily basis.  For some this can be very monotonous.  Do you feel like you are stuck in a routine?  Do you feel like there is little change or excitement you can reflect on by the end of the day?  If you accomplish these things, then I applaud you.  For me, I sometimes get trapped in the usual tasks of the day since becoming a WAHM.  I’m constantly trying to carve out time to get my work done, maintain the house, care for and play with my toddler, and plan for the next day.

Are you the same?

Think about when you were a kid.  We all started off with art in our lives in some form.  Maybe you had a box of crayon pieces like me and would draw all day on outdated letterhead your mom’s work was going to throw out.  Was Play-doh your fancy?  How about finger painting?  Perhaps you were more into structural art like paper airplanes?

Wasn’t it liberating to create something from scratch?

So when was the last time you created something imaginative (excluding the fancy pound cake you made the other day)?

I don’t consider myself an artist.  However, I think there is some creative side of my brain that has gone by the wayside since I became an adult and have adult responsibilities.

So to remedy my situation, I’ve decided to participate in the Documented Life Project by Art to the 5th Academy.  Each week Art to the 5th posts a prompt to inspire your inner artist.  These are extremely open-ended and so far you are directed by a technique rather than a conceptual theme.  For example, the first prompt was “book paper”.  This is what I came up with:

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So my “book” didn’t feature poetic verse from sophisticated literature.   It was an old O Magazine (hehe!).  I prepped my page with gesso, used water color for the background, and pasted my cut pieces from the magazine.  The patterned pieces are actually part of Oprah’s dress on the front cover and another dress in a fashion spread.

My 10 year old is doing the art journal with me as well.  Here is her creative piece:

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I love how she saw the image of a woman’s hair and it inspired her to make a bird’s nest!

I encourage you to join me on this journey.  It’s not too late to join and don’t worry if you won’t be able to keep up with each weekly prompt.  This project is for beginners and expert artists alike.  Use the project to work for you.  When you feel inspired, pick up your journal and go for it!  If you are too busy, don’t force yourself into it.  You don’t want this to be a chore or a burden.  Once participating in the project, you can join a Facebook group for participants who share their works.  Some of the sharing may be intimidating, but really it is inspirational.  You’ll learn different techniques just by reading the comments on each piece alone.  Everyone is very open, welcoming, and supportive.

If you aren’t ready to take the leap, follow along with #dlp2015.  You’ll get a taste of the work that is begin created.  I haven’t been bold enough to share, but I hope I can stick with this long enough to see my work evolve!

So are you in?

 

~Lani

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