Sunday, 28 February 2010

Blog Carnival. 20 things to kick start your creativity..

This is part of the infamous blog Carnival series.

The blog Carnival is a group of metal artists belonging to EtsyMetal who, on the first Monday of every month, share a blog post on the same topic. This month, the topic is

"Create an inspirational 20 things to do, to kick start creativity."

1) Draw a biscuit as you eat it, stage by stage.
2) Make a picture using some ink and only blowing through a straw.
3) Write a ten point instruction manual for something really mundane, like opening your car.
4) Draw a picture of yourself in a mirror using toothpaste.
5) Try to copy your signature using your other hand
6) Go outside and find the first piece of rubbish you find, then write a 200 word history for it.
7) Open a newspaper, point at a word with your eyes closed, then draw a picture to help illustrate that word.
8) Tap madly at the keyboard on google, then vist those pages it suggests.
9) Get a helium balloon, and write some instructions on a waterproof label for the finder to follow. Perhaps to contact you somehow. Then let it go.
10) Draw a can of food taking 10 mins to capture all the detail
11) Draw the same can of food, but only in 2 mins
12) Draw the same can of food with your eyes tightly closed.
13) Send a stamped blank greeting card out with each sale. Ask the buyer to draw a picture and send the card back
14) Draw a picture on some concrete using just water on a hot day
15) Point at a map blindly, go to that exact location and draw it or find some debris to take home
16) Take a book, read a page at random, then draw something inspired by that page
17) Take a shoe and two pieces of paper- draw two pictures of the shoe at the same time using both hands
18) Cut up a potato and use it to do some paint printing.
19) Scribble madly for 5 seconds in a round motion ona piece of paper, then create a monster from your sketch (See picture above)
20) Make a mad list of 20 things to do if your stuck for creativity, then pick one at random.

If you have enjoyed this post, please check out the other bloggers on the same theme,

1. - Chris Parry
2. - Sara Westermark
3. -Katie Miess Kohlhagen
4. - Ann Hartley
5. - Amanda Conley
6. - stacey
7. - Esther Eve
8. 2Roses
9. - Maria W
11. - Victoria Takahashi/Experimetal
12. [Berenice Schaltegger]
13. (Brooke Arin Medlin)
14. (Thomasin Durgin/Metalriot)
15. - Beth Cyr
15. - Catherine Chandler


Amanda Conley said...

Chris, those were great ideas! Mine were far less specific, but I LOVE your take on it. I'll have to try doing some of those wacky things. ;)

E² - Esther Eve Metalsmith said...

Oh Chris!

It took me up to #13 to realize that every one of your inspirations had to do with drawing or sketching! Great ideas, I love the toothpaste one ;o> I've definitely though about doing it before, then resist the temptation because the practical side of me decides I dont' want to deal with the cleanup ;o>

Fluxplay Jewellery. said...

I think I'm going to have to have a go at no.15 one day, it's a great idea.

Beth Cyr said...

haha! i do #5 quite frequently - I spent a whole semester writing w/ my left hand every day and sometimes sketching (i'm right handed) - great exercise for mind and body!

Lunaticart said...

You've put a big smile on my face!

Catherine Chandler said...

Chris, I love your suggestions! They really are about thinking outside of the box, and stretching your creativity in unlikely ways. Great stuff!