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 more ways to be even more creative:
Last week, I shared ten random things you can try to boost your creativity. Here are ten more ways to bring out that creative mojo and prove to yourself that the left side of your brain is alive and well!
- Family quote board
Hang a dry-erase board on your fridge or bathroom door on which family members can take turns writing an inspiring word, phrase or song lyric each day.
- Get a new rug
Just like the idea for throw pillows last week, a new throw rug can do wonders for livening up your space. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, try making your own custom-sized floorcloth.
- Garnish your plate
Treating yourself to a fine-dining experience at home can be as simple as adding a sprig of herbs or a citrus twist to your plate. For even more fun with garnishes, try carving a cucumber, curling a carrot, or trickling a tasty sauce to add more color and flavor to your meal.
- Change your route
Turn off the GPS and unfold a good old-fashioned map. Use highlighter pens to mark out different ways to get from A to B. You’ll get to see other neighborhoods and you might discover new shops and restaurants to try.
- Take a picture
Bring your camera (or cell phone) with you whenever you take a walk. Shoot close-ups of plants and flowers along the way, shoot up into the trees, shoot the clouds…challenge yourself to create interesting compositions.
- Use a thesaurus
Write down a phrase you see on a sign, advertisement or packaging. Look up alternate words in the thesaurus for each noun, verb and adjective. See how crazy you can make each new phrase sound and build your vocabulary at the same time.
- Move some furniture
Who says the sofa has to stay on that same wall forever? Move it forward with a table behind it, put it perpendicular to the wall, or try arranging some chairs and a table with it in the center of the room.
- Create a mosaic collage
Love all the images in your 2013 wall calendar? Crop and cut out a 2” square of the prettiest part from each month, then tile the squares together with glue or double-stick tape on a 6”x8” sheet of cardstock and frame it.
- String some beads
Elastic fishing line and a trip to the bead store is all you need to make a new necklace, bracelet or tie-backs for your curtains.
- Paint a wood tray
Organize your bills and paperwork in a wood file tray that you paint yourself with your favorite colors.
Creative Events Coming Up:
- 1/17 – Film – Mountain Shadow Film Society – Walnut Creek Library
- 1/18 (10 wks) – Teens – Parkour Class – Apex Movement
- 1/25 – Event – Winter Brews Festival – Todos Santos Plaza
- 1/30 – 3/6 – Class – Creative Writing – Mt. Diablo Adult School
- Through 1/31 – Art – Lamorinda Arts Alliance Show – Art Cottage
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.