Tuesday, October 2, 2012
list it tuesday: 15 minute creativity
This week's suggested topic "creative things I can do in 15 minutes or less" was inspired by Hwee, who stole 15 minutes during over her lunch hour to create her first List it Tuesday page. This kind of thieving strikes the most harmonious chord in my heart. Short bursts of artistic activity are the best! There isn't much time to think about them, but there IS enough time to do them, and they usually spark all kinds of internal revolutions. Here's my short list:
1. Wait until 15 minutes before a birthday party starts to get out of your pajamas, wrap a present, make a card, and mix together the most colorful outfit you can manage.
2. Trim colorful cardstock into ATC-sized pieces with a paper cutter, then toss them in a basket with a sharpie. Instant canvases for doodles and writings.
3. Use them. Write wishes, draw faces, record quotes, sketch scenes.
4. Or make a moment jar out of them. The kids and I did this over the summer -- kept scraps of paper handy and wrote down moments we would have otherwise forgotten: a movie we rented, getting kicked us out of the pool for lightning when there was nary a cloud in the sky, the day we made and ate snack necklaces at NYU, when the kids got into a fight in the furniture store, the search for the lost lawnmower bolt (we never found it), the time someone sneaked a brownie (the jar also turned into a confessional), the moment of the storm. They seemed silly at the time but were a delight to read when the summer was over.
5. Take a walk & collect branches of different shapes and sizes.
6. Wrap them in colorful yarn. Fast and easy.
7. Then put them in a vase.
8. Do a few quick layers of a watercolor wash over a vintage book page, then cut it up for collage material.
9. Skim a magazine article and make a list of 10 words you love.
10. Read something that bores you, and make yourself find one interesting thing about it.
11. Write a lunch box note for someone, or leave a message on a table in a public place.
12. Make a paper chain.
13. Fiddle around with modeling clay or some other sensory prodding material.
14. Have a silent conversation (or storytelling session) on paper with someone. You write a sentence, they write a sentence, and who knows what you'll end up with.
15. Move a piece of furniture. I don't know what it is about this, but relocating just one thing can provoke in me a major mental shakeup (in a good way). It reminds me how I have the power to change things in my own environment, that things don't have to remain fixed forever in one spot simply because I put them there.
16. Decorate a piece of outgoing mail. My favorite to date is doodling up the payment envelope I sent to the Indiana State Troopers in 1990 after a shocking speeding ticket.
17. Get a set of foam bathtub letters. Take random ones into the shower and make up ridiculous words.
I can't wait to read all of your creative quickies! Next week's suggested topic: "I am a sucker for..."
Posted by aimee