Week 3: Creativity + Play with Carla SonheimThe inspiring Carla Sonheim showed us seven inspiring + creative ways to play artistically.
Simple exercises, but they were so beneficial both artistically and thinking outside my comfort zone.
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Exercise One: Continuous Line Drawings.
Do you realise how many times you go to remove your pen from the paper? Neither did I + this was in a very simple way so challenging!!
Exercise Two: Drawing A Zebra with you Eyes Closed.
I almost peeked... so many times! It was difficult to let go with this one, but eventually I made it through one with out opening my eyes. Once I did this one the next was easier.
Exercise Three: Non Dominant hand Drawing.
Using my left hand I drew one of the girls LaLa-Oopsy mermaids. This wasn't as hard for me as I I have been practising writing with my Left hand since I was a teen. (I thought it would be cool to be ambidextrous at 15.... Who am I kidding it would be cool now at 35+!)
Exercise Four: Scrap Paper Flowers.
Using the scraps left over from various mixed media projects, I used some of more unusual shapes + created some flowers.
Exercise Five: Making Poems from a text passage.
From a paragraph that Carla supplied, I cut up every word + made three poems from it. I loved this + I love the poems that came from this exercise. They are a bit dark, but that makes them even better...
Exercise Six: Washi Tape Animals.
Random scraps of Washi Tape stuck to an index card started to form a pattern, and after moving them around a bit this awesome dragonfly emerged.
Exercise Seven: Blob paintings.
I loved, LOVED, this one. How cute are these creatures that emerged from my blobs. I am going to do more of these, because I think these animals could feature in my paintings in the future!
So there you have it: seven ways to play + create + think outside your comfort zone. Such an awesome lesson!
Have you tried any of these methods before? Do you have other ways of letting go + playing? I would love to hear about your experiments + if you shared with us.