In case you missed it, on Thursday, June 22nd at 1 PM CDT / 8 PM CEST, I am co-hosting a FREE workshop with Elin Loow (you can find out more about her here) on kicking off a summer creative project. Here’s your chance to make Summer 2017 a creative one! (Even if you can’t make it to the live workshop, by signing up you will be emailed the replay).
In this Summer Creativity Kick-Off Workshop, Elin + I will help you choose, plan and get started on a creative summer project!
1. Find an exciting creative project that fits with your summer.
2. Figure out what resources you need to make it happen.
3. Make a plan that you’ll be able to stick with.
4. Kick-off your wonderfully creative summer!
Sorry, I lied – a little more talking first.
Exploring a new creative practice for the summer is all about expanding your horizons. You already know you’re creative. So, how about trying a new creative activity for the summer?
Another way of looking at it is – It’s time to make some new shit this summer.
Have you ever been in a spot creatively where you find something that works so you just keep doing it over and over? Makes sense, right? Why reinvent the wheel?
In college, for many (many) people’s birthdays I made this really cute card (in my opinion) out a cardstock that had a spot in the back for me to include a cd that I burned just for the recipient. I’m cringing because there are probably way too many of you reading this that are thinking – hey, I thought that was special just for me…sorry!
I thought it was pretty great because the craft supplies I was working with in my dorm room were a couple of pieces of cardstock and a few markers. Anyway, I made so many of these and they were great, but then came a time when I needed to explore my creativity a little more. I got bored making the same thing over and over – I needed to make some new shit.
My upcoming workshop (co-hosted with Elin Loow) will take you through the steps to do just that.
As I have previously mentioned, I have been writing a lot over the past year. Every single day to be exact (or pretty much, I don’t really pay attention to it anymore because it is ingrained – it’s just something that I do at this point). While I will still continue to write and practice that particular creative muscle, it’s also time for me to try something else. I’m using the summer to explore my creativity further.
I’m going to embrace my fear, make myself uncomfortable, and so something that I (currently) suck at. I’m going to paint.
There you have it, the new creative practice I am trying out for the summer will be abstract painting. Eh.
My goals are to play with color and to make something that doesn’t look like crap so that I can hang it in my house. These are not lofty goals. Don’t be afraid to set your sights a little higher. I just say this to be clear that I am not planning on selling my paintings or teaching others how to do it. I just want to make some cool, colorful stuff for my house. Much to my chagrin, I will share my work throughout the process – which makes me feel a little nauseous to put such ugliness out into the world. But, you have to start somewhere.
I hope you’ll join in the fun and kick-off the summer with a new creative practice. Click here to sign-up for the free workshop and get all of the details.
Let’s go make some new shit.