In Monday’s video I talked about setting aside a certain time everyday for your creativity. But I realize that the thought of creating everyday seems just about impossible to many of you. But in order to live a creative life, you must learn to work creativity into the everyday. So today I’m sharing five of my favorite quick creative activities that you can do on those days where you feel like you just can’t fit in a whole creative session.
#1. Doodle or Tangle
Even if your creative time is next to nothing on a particular day, you can always squeeze in some doodling! The simple act of doodling (even on a napkin) can keep your creative mind humming. If you’re in need of some relaxing art time, try tangling! Creating Zentangle art, or “tangling”, is a meditative exercise to drawing structured patterns. To learn more about Zentangles, visit their official site HERE.
Collect Color Inspiration
If your home is anything like mine, then you have a ton of old magazines laying around. Spend a few minutes looking through some of them with the only intention of finding inspiring color combinations. Rip the images out and glue them into a journal, then add some notes about what attracted you to the image. An “inspiration journal” like this is great to refer back to when you’re ready to create something.
When time is tight, you can’t focus on making things perfect. So try being messy! Scribble with crayons or splash some paint, just have fun with it!
Snap Some Photos
Looking through the lens of a camera is a great way to see your surroundings with fresh new eyes. Go on an inspiration hunt (even if its within your home) with camera in hand. You never know what you’ll find when you’re looking!
At first glance, art journaling may seem like an intensive activity, but its really not. Your pages don’t have to be a “masterpiece”, and you don’t have to finish a page in one sitting. When you feel like playing with color or imagery, you can slap some paint down, or collage some images in. When you feel like writing, you can journal over your pre-painted pages.
I hope these have given you some inspiration on how to live a creative life and work it into your everyday. What do you like to do when you don’t have a lot of creative time?
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