Column – “Creative Space” on Claycord – 10 Ways to be More Creative

January 9, 2014 14:00 pm · 20 comments


Creative Space is a new weekly column on written by Lisa Fulmer that features local art events and performances, inspiring interviews with creative movers and makers, DIY how-to projects for you and our home, plus fun craft ideas for the whole family.

10 ways to be more creative

If you think you aren’t creative, think again. There are lots of small things you can do every day to feel more imaginative and artistic. Creativity can happen anywhere – in your home, at your office, in front of the TV, or even while you’re sitting in a waiting room.

Creative expression is good for your health and your self-esteem…and you might just discover a new hidden talent. You can share your creativity with others or keep it to yourself—either way you will reduce stress, build confidence and add a little positive vibe to your day.  Have fun trying these ten creativity boosters, then come back next week for ten more!

  1. Fill a page with doodles
    Have you heard of Zentangle? It’s an easy-to-learn style of repetitive doodling that not only produces some pretty cool patterns, it’s also very meditative and calming.
  2. Belt out your favorite song
    Doesn’t matter if you’re in tune or tone deaf…just turn up the volume and put yourself in the lead singer’s shoes. Singing releases hormones that reduce stress and make you feel good.
  3. Wrap some books in fabric
    Remember wrapping your school books with folded grocery bags? Use that same technique with pretty fabric (press the folds with a hot iron) to turn a few books into pretty shelf decorations.
  4. Buy new throw pillows
    It’s amazing how much fresher your whole family room will look with new throw pillows. Use a color wheel tool to pick a color that either contrasts or complements your existing upholstery.
  5. Arrange some flowers
    It’s easier to experiment with fresh or silk flowers when you use a block of floral foam. Start with three types of stems – poke large blooms in the foam first, position greenery around them, then accent with smaller clusters of buds.
  6. Dance with reckless abandon
    Find the beat and wave all your body parts around like nobody’s watching. We all know the physical health benefits of dancing, but it can also sharpen your mind.
  7. Substitute an ingredient
    Chop up a candy bar instead of chocolate chips in your cookie dough, toss those noodles with an infused oil instead of butter, or try some curry in place of garlic in your chicken dish.
  8. Write a haiku
    It’s just three lines about anything you like – five syllables for the first line, then seven syllables, then five again:
    *My creative space
    *Where I fill mind and body
    *With positive joy
  9. Read a poem aloud
    Pick a poet, any poet! Shakespeare, Dickinson, Poe? Ginsberg, Kerouac, Angelou? Reading one of their poems out loud might just make you feel like writing one yourself.
  10. Play a word game
    Download the Scrabble app and play a game against the computer. Instead of worrying about points or big words, try looking for places to stack tiles to make smaller words in both directions.

Creative Events Coming Up:

Creative Space is a weekly column written by Lisa Fulmer that features local art events and performances, inspiring interviews with creative movers and makers, DIY how-to projects for you and our home, plus fun craft ideas for the whole family. Creative Space will be on every Thursday at 2pm.

As an avid creative junkie living in Concord, Lisa wants to make it easier for our readers to find ways to embrace creativity and celebrate the local people who are making it happen. In addition to her work as a writer and a marketing consultant, Lisa is a mixed media artist and a project designer for the craft industry.

Visit her blog to see more of Lisa’s own creative space.

1 Cassandra January 9, 2014 at 2:11 PM

I’m looking forward to this column. Happy, positive news on Claycord is always a plus!

2 Wonderful January 9, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Another great column addition to Claycord!

3 Noj January 9, 2014 at 2:29 PM

It’s great! Thank you!

4 Silva January 9, 2014 at 2:35 PM

This is going to be good!

5 Dorothy January 9, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Love the idea. Looking forward to more.

6 Thirsty January 9, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Good timing! Just a few hours ago I was wondering what to do with the empty pickle jar. I’m going to go pour myself a glass of wine. :)

7 Concord Mom January 9, 2014 at 7:03 PM

So looking forward to reading more too! Thanks!

8 Shasta Daisy January 9, 2014 at 7:49 PM

Looking forward to the new addition to Claycord.
Everyone can use a little creative stimulation.

Lisa, enjoyed looking at your blog. Fun ideas.

I enjoy painting old and new furniture using Annie Sloan Chalk paints and her techniques. Although, I have come up with a few of my own ideas, I have learned a lot from online tutorials.

9 arts and culture January 9, 2014 at 8:22 PM

This is fantastic! There is much to be said about the creative and culture-rich community that is ours. It’s time we begin to really celebrate this. Thank-you Claycord for enabling this regular column.

10 Nicole January 9, 2014 at 9:11 PM

I love creativity! Thanks for the ideas. I’m looking forward to this column as well.

Remember guys, this isn’t just for the ladies!

11 schar fay; January 9, 2014 at 9:22 PM

good column; looks great!

12 Lisa Fulmer January 9, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Thanks everyone for all the kind comments – I love hearing your ideas too! Looking forward to chatting with you each week.

13 Katherine January 9, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Fantastic addition to Claycord! Loved the article and the creative tips.

14 Blink January 9, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Something positive love it

15 Julee January 10, 2014 at 7:36 AM

Congratulations, Lisa! Nice article… I can’t wait to see what you continue to bring to our community!

16 VikingPrincess January 10, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Nice article…enjoy the good local entertainment ideas too.

17 The Mamba January 10, 2014 at 10:22 AM

I’d like to creatively get my wife to leave the house for a few hours this weekend, any ideas?

18 J. January 10, 2014 at 10:57 AM

@The Mamba

Do you want her to go Stag?

19 @ Mr. Mayor January 10, 2014 at 6:55 PM

DITTO!!! I love! love! love! this! So looking forward to more! more! more!

20 Cyn January 13, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Those are great ideas. Such simple but fantastic ways to add creativity to all aspects of your life!

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