Even if you don’t consider yourself an artist or the imaginative type in any way, shape or form, this exercise will do you good. Let’s start the search for your ‘something good.’
In the previous post, the main question raised was, ‘what defines you?’ Go back to read the bottom half of the post, if you need. Here are more questions to ponder:
- what are your interests?
- what are your hobbies?
- what drives you day by day?
- who do you admire?
- what do you want to be when you grow up?
- what do you like?
- how would you describe yourself?
- what do you want to learn? do you want to keep learning?
- what is it you’d like to achieve with creativity? what does creativity mean to you?
The noun creativity is defined as, ‘the use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work.’ Throughout these posts, I’ll refer to creativity as the ‘something good’ or ‘good something.’ The connotation of creativity for some is different than it is for others. Hence, we have coined the new term something good.
When using my imaginative sense, I like to make people smile. I like to evoke happiness with a carefree and, perhaps humorous undertone. I love the lighthearted. Life is too short to be grumpy all the time. I’m especially intrigued by pop culture and fashion. I have finessed my passions and interests to define myself and therefore my something good. Now here I am, hopefully, helping you lovely people discover one of the most gratifying things ever.
Hold the phone! If this is what you’re thinking, don’t leave yet!
The exercise/ project for today (or the next few days) is fun and it’s likely you’ve done it before. Grab yourself a few materials:
- images (see below for an expanded list of types of images)
- items (see below for an expanded list of types of items)
- other types of fasteners depending on your items (staples, putty, tape, etc..)
- backing such as poster board, cardboard, or even regular paper
- a collection of imagery could be: photographs, magazine clippings, tickets, brochures, logos, cards, journals, or any source of paper with something on it you like [even a pattern or texture]
- a collection of items could be: fabric swatches, mementos, souvenirs, jewelry, heck, even something big if that’s what you need
- it doesn’t matter what state the items or images are in. If you like it, add it to the pile!
Note: if you don’t want to adhere something, don’t. This exercise is to merely help draw a visual of things you like and are drawn to together in a unified manner.
It doesn’t matter how you combine everything, layering, no layering, collage-like or not. Do it how you like.
- cut out the images; there is no rhyme or reason, cut on the lines or outside of them, slice things in half or even fold them
- place an item or image on the paper/ backing
- follow by placing more images and items in a manner in which you like; overlap, layer, spaced out
- if you feel up to it, grab a few markers or crayons and draw onto your collage; experiment with using staples and tape in addition to glue
- try playing with letters from magazines or newspapers
- keep going until you feel fulfilled; it doesn’t matter how busy it gets, just DO NOT become discouraged or try to redo every part of what’ve already done
In the next post, I’ll check in and see how you’ve progressed. I’ll have my collage ready to share. Please, share yours as well!