Monday, January 28, 2013

More creativity jumpstarts best done in collaboration

"Believe" Collage by Lani and textures from FlyPaper
Here are some more interesting jumpstart ideas which I have adapted from BIG Kids Magazine Vol. 3 which work particularly well if you can collaborate with a child or two:

1. Create some Grid Games.  Get some card stock, ruler, and pencil and create lines across and down.  Number your squares.  Fill up each square with a drawing or a directive (lose turn, jump ahead two spaces, etc.)  Think of it as creating your own "Snakes and Ladders" game.  You need game pieces and a dice or spinner to play.

2. Create your own paper dolls with clothes and accessories.  (There is a Zine here with directions and inspiration)

3. Create worlds (murals) on big pieces of brown paper,  so your paper dolls can have adventures.

4. Pose paper dolls in their "worlds" and take pictures.

5. Here's a funny dress-up game, open someone else's clothes drawer and take 3 items, go to the kitchen and take one item.  Now create a costume with your 4 items and take a picture.

6. Take a camera for a walk, find faces in buildings (like windows might look like eyes if you crop your picture carefully) and other unusual places.  Take a picture.

7. Turn your back yard into a big game board!

8. Dear Hope Street. Google a street view of a Hope Street home somewhere in the world (you could pick a different name, like Dream Street, or Joy Street) and create a postcard for the resident of that home.  See if you get an answer.  (You can read about kids who did this here.)

Friday, January 25, 2013

Jumpstart creativity

"Creative and Curious" Collage by Lani and textures from FlyPaper
Here are 10 best methods to jumpstart creativity adapted from Javiera Aldunate in Uppercase 12.

1. Go for a walk and collect little stuff that gets your attention. (If the weather is bad, try it in your house or at your place of work) Take a photo, draw, create a story...
2. Lie on the grass and see figures in the clouds.
3. Ask a child if you can collaborate on some work together.  You and the child can start separate pieces and then switch.  Want some inspiration on this one?  Check out BIG Kids Magazine; Bravery Imagination Generosity; Side By Side: Children & Artists
4. Take a break from what ever you are doing and call a friend and talk about the meaning of life.
5. Enjoy a glass of wine or a mug of hot chocolate near a fireplace.
6. Listen to music really loud, or listen to the sounds of nothing really soft.
7. Get in a traffic jam.  Imagine the lives of folks in the cars around you.
8. Go to sleep with a notebook beside your pillow.  Dreams are an amazing source for jumpstarting creativity.
9.  Design some un-useful stuff for yourself.
10. Create a "10 best" list of your very own.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The New Year Arrives

"Fidelis" morning pages with help from FlyPaper
The new year arrives.  I can sort through the elements of my life that I want to remain true to for this year, and I can release everything else.  Today I sort.  I will be loyal to my dreams of adventure, art, imagination, love, and life.  I will honor them.