Happy November, and welcome to my new and improved site! I’ve tried to take my own advice and leave a little more margin and white space, both in my life and on my blog. I hope you like the new streamlined design, which allows for bigger pictures, faster loading, and is hopefully a little easier on the eyes.
I’ll be getting back to crafts and DIY tutorials soon, now that this redesign is (mostly) done and our Surviving Creativity series is almost over.
But today I’m excited to share a new challenge with you. We’ve been talking a lot about creativity and how to allow more space for creativity in our lives, as well as how to embrace our calling to creative living. To help us all draw out our own creativity, I’m launching a new game for us to participate in together.
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain one when we grow up.” – Pablo Picasso
You know how young children draw all over everything? Sometimes that’s a good thing and sometimes well, not so much, when it’s your walls or furniture. I believe kids do this to express themselves before they have the writing/speaking skills to do so in words. Then, somewhere along the way, as kids learn to speak properly and write with a large enough vocabulary, they lose interest in drawing and switch to writing or speaking instead. They communicate their thoughts in a more precise way through words, but what about those thoughts that aren’t fully formed, or don’t really fit into words? There should be a way to explore those too.
That’s where we come in. We are adults who have forgotten, or at least gotten out of the habit of, expressing ourselves in any way other than words. But when we try drawing out those thoughts another way, such as doodling, drawing, sketching, or just coloring, we tap into an underused part of our brain, and by doing so unleash more creativity.
So to get us started drawing and doodling more, I’m issuing an Instagram challenge. Here are the rules:
- Draw a little something (it doesn’t have to be “good” or even artistic!), snap a photo with your phone, and post it on Instagram.
- Follow me, and the other co-hosts, which you can find in my post on Instagram.
- Add the hashtag: #DrawOutCreativity and any other tags you’d like.
Every few days, my co-hosts and I will re-share a few of your drawings, and hopefully we can inspire each other and get to know each other.
Need a little help thinking of something to draw? I’ll give you a few prompts to get your creative juices going. How about we start with seasonal themes for the month of November?
Fall ~ Turkey ~ Football ~ Gratitude ~ Sweaters ~ Pumpkin ~ Sharing ~ Family
Weather ~ Harvest ~ Apples ~ Leaves ~ Plenty ~ Thanksgiving ~ Pie
(Of course, you can draw anything you want, but these are just a few to get you started.)
p.s. Would you like to help me co-host this challenge? I could use a couple more instagrammers to help me keep up with sharing these creative expressions. Drop me a comment below or on Instagram if you’re interested in joining the party!