Creative Sparks are 15 minutes of daily creativity that will promote fresh ways of thinking and problem solving for your homestead lifestyle. Grab a cup of tea or your favorite drink and a few inexpensive art supplies, a journal, or even artist trading cards, and doodle with colour, texture, and words. It’s both relaxing and purposeful as it forges new neuro-pathways in your brain to help you think more creatively.
What do you want your life to look like?
What do you want you life to look like? How you answer this question will determine the path that you take to get there. I’d like you to take a minute in your 15 minute creative oasis today, to write down your answer to that question. Just answering that question will free you to find the creative solutions that you need for some of the frustrations that you are facing. If the life that you want includes weeks on the beach and your most frustrating problem is how to keep the goats out of your garden — that will give you a clue as to what you first step should be to solve that frustration. If your best life includes a wonderful Fall harvest of blue dent corn, and butternut squash, the rustling leaves in the breeze, just beginning to turn colour, and the smell of hickory smoke and juniper needles on a hike, you would take a different path to move in the direction of your dreams.
As you are meditating on your answers and journaling that answer (5 min.) do today’s Creative Spark — the end of the first week of Creative Sparks.
One or Two water colour pencils or pencil crayons
An Artist Trading Card — Watercolour, or a page in your journal or sketch book, or other paper that can handle some dampness
Water Colour paints or tempura paints or stamping inks
A natural sea sponge
Paint brush if you are using paints
Copper Sharpie Marker
Directions (take 5 to 10 min):
Using the 3 primary colours — yellow, red, and blue — dampen your paint pans with your paint brush
Using the sponge beginning with yellow, dip the sponge directly into the paint pan and stamp the colour gently on your paper
Layer the colour — light to dark. Put extra darkness, using the blue, at the bottom of your picture. Extra brightness near the top.
Using your water colour pencil(s) outline tree trunks, draw buildings, cars, or whatever makes up the life you are working toward. Your Creative Spark shouldn’t look like mine. You can’t do it wrong.
Once you are satisfied with your Creative Spark, take a picture and share it on my Facebook page. I’d love to see your amazing creativity.