Creative Space is a new weekly column on Claycord.com 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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:
- 1/15 – Kids – Pre-school story time – Concord Library
- 1/18 – Music – John McCutcheon – MDUUC Coffee House
- 1/22 – Music – The California Honeydrops – Armando’s
- 1/23 – 2/13 – Class – Artistic DIY Crafts – Mt. Diablo Adult Education
- 1/24 – 1/26 – Theater – Die Fledermaus – Lesher Center for the Arts
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 Claycord.com 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.