Wednesday, June 15, 2011

30 Days of Creativity

In my last post, I mentioned that I had just begun the 30 Days of Creativity challenge, where I was required to make one thing a day for the entire month of June.

Honestly, I didn't think I could do it, when I started. I am notorious for leaving projects and ideas abandoned. So I this time I made a conscious choice to follow through with this challenge.

And, guess what? I am halfway through it, and I am glad I pushed myself to stick with it. Working on a small project (5 minutes max) a day has been so beneficial to my development as an everyday creator.

Here are some of things I have learned:

1. Use what you have. Often my projects are inspired by my day. This beach glass sun catcher was the end of result of a day at the beach. I picked up the glass while there.

2. Set a timer when creating. I have found the 5 minute increment to be just enough time to get me into my creative flow, which I then take with me to other projects.

3. Experiment with techniques and materials. So far, I have used paper clips to create a bracelet and a dollar bill to create an origami heart.


Anonymous said...

Nice post! Here's a question -- when that timer goes off, and you're in the creative zone, do you keep going? Or do you take that creative energy to something else?

Still trying to learn the five-minute trick...

MELANIE said...

Thx Patrick! I actually choose projects that I know will be 5 minutes and under. If I don't finish in time, then I give myself an extra couple of minutes. Afterward, I am busy photographing then blogging about the project, which keeps the momentum going.

Anonymous said...

That makes a lot of sense, Melanie. I'm going to see how I can make that work with my own creativity.

An'Angelia Thompson said...

Hi, Melanie! I had a great time looking at your 30 days of creativity! You really came up with some great projects. One of my favs was your sidewalk chalk art, but they were ALL great fun! Big Hugs. Angelia

MELANIE said...

Thx Angelia, I had fun doing it. It really taught me about disciplined creating. Hope you are well :) M.