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

January 16, 2014 14:00 pm · 9 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 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!

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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:

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 Dorothy January 16, 2014 at 3:04 PM

I review a project before I sleep at night. Often helps in the completion.

2 Creativity on Clayton Rd. Island? January 16, 2014 at 3:05 PM

I have been noticing some large chunks of concrete in unusual positions, in the island along Clayton Rd. near the Terminal Shopping Center and Concord BART.

I am wondering whether they are supposed to be “Art” (like the spirit poles), or whether it is just scrap concrete, or what…BUT I am also thinking they look pretty unusual there, and perhaps the community could turn them creatively into something MORE artful…if we all put our minds to it. — Not that anything could ever be more artful the the spirit poles :-)

3 RANDOM TASK January 16, 2014 at 4:23 PM

heeh you said Random ……….

4 Silva January 16, 2014 at 5:39 PM

We ALL are artists. It’s TRUE !!!

5 Atticus Thraxx January 16, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Tax season is coming and I could use some creative tips on deductions.

6 Mtz Jen January 16, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Fun list!

7 Claire January 16, 2014 at 6:59 PM

The Winter Brews Festival at Todos Santos is always fun. I think I’ll take a creative writing class.

Thanks for tips 1-10. I’m getting new rugs.

8 Lisa Fulmer January 17, 2014 at 8:29 AM

Thanks everyone – hope you all have a great weekend!

9 arts & culture January 17, 2014 at 9:17 AM

LOVE the list of local events at-a-glance!

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