Week Four: (Day 9) Make something with your breakfast before you eat it.
Oh, to play with one’s food (and not get scolded for it).
The hardest part was being hungry while I worked…
The best part was enjoying my artwork on a new level – in my belly!
Week Three: (Day 8) Transform an old book into something new by cutting, folding, gluing and so on.
So, I absolutely needed a book that I don’t care about. All the books I own are ones I want to keep. So, it’s off to a thrift store…thank you 2nd and Charles for your free book bins.
The first idea I had was to cut away the page edges or the center (like a book safe) so when the book is opened, there’s a butterfly shape.
The second idea was inspired by a recent trip to a shabby-chic consignment shop. There were a few wreaths on display made from old sheet music rolled into cone shapes.
Then, I discovered book folding…and that was all she wrote. A few YouTube tutorials and and couple of hours on Photoshop later, I had a plan and a template. I ran out of pages on my first attempt (thankfully, I picked up two books) and now I have a bookshelf-worthy book-er-fly.
Week two: (Day 7) Today, make a stencil and use it in your work.
Of course, this will be a butterfly stencil. Ooh…I just realized this is the perfect project to try out the xActo set I just bought. Oh boy, oh boy!
And, what better way to commemorate a new sketchbook?
Week One: (Day 3) Make something out of paper, but don’t use scissors or glue or draw on it. What now? (And no, you don’t have to know origami to do this.)
So initially, I considered tearing paper into little bits and arranging them. But, I seem to have a psychotic aversion to creating something temporary.
Then, I remembered a high school art project involving making our own paper by putting colored paper in a blender…paper smoothie anyone?
Well, the results are in and they’re not perfect. I didn’t have all the tools needed, like a mould & deckle and couching material & a press. All those goodies are on my amazon.com wish list now though.
So , this project came out as more of a sculpture that a piece of art paper. Fun, nonetheless.
CreativeSprint inspired me to get started on a creative journey.
My friends inspired me to keep going.
So, I purchased Noah Scalin’s most recent book, 365: A Daily Creativity Journal: Make Something Every Day and Change Your Life!
I’m also giving myself some flexibility and challenging myself to one creative project a week. So, this book should keep me busy for about seven years!
My goal is to post the results on Monday or Tuesday of each week. That way I’ve got the weekend if I need it.
This was a wonderful experience for me. So much so, that I can’t wait for the fall to try it again. Hopefully by then, I’ll have enough rudimentary skills and photographic archives to use Photoshop as my medium.
So here goes my list of lessons learned:
- Sometimes the first idea is the best one.
- It doesn’t need to be perfect
- Mistakes happen
- Art supplies are everywhere
- Trying new things, inspires new things
I wasn’t able to complete every challenge due to work and social obligations, But, I still accomplished enough to make this bitchin’ wall of butterflies.
CreativeSprint – Day 14: Create something inspired by an email, text or other message that you receive today.
I get a daily newsletter from Today called “Stuff We Love,” and in today’s Today email I found this article about a t-shirt for travelers. It’s covered with icons and all you have to do is point to the image representing what you want. Genius or lazy, I can’t decide. Maybe lazy genius?
But, it did inspire me to create the butterfly version…
Maybe I’ll print it on a t-shirt one day…
CreativeSprint – Day 18: Break something and make something new with the parts.
I decided to break some hard candies a la Candy Crush with my trusty hammer. I wanted this to be something I could keep, so I glued the candy to a piece of cardboard…
I didn’t count on the candy dissolving into the glue. Live and learn.
It looks kinda like a map of the United States, a sticky sweet, ooy-gooey map.