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A new year, a new start: project 365

It’s a new year, so I thought I would give my project 365 an official new start day.

The game is the same: make something new each day. Create something that did not previously exist. Art, baking, photography, crafts… anything goes.

So here we go!

Day 1: a custom order

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I also played with a drawing my daughter did. Here is the before and after:

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Day 2:

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Days 3 & 4: getting ready for some birthdays this weekend.

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Day 5: printed off some forms to make lists with, in an attempt to be more organized. Need to get back into writing lists, I can’t function in the chaos otherwise!

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Days 6 & 7 were crazy, trying to get back into routine, with kids back to school. My “play” time was spent grocery shopping without the kids on day 6, and packing up the Christmas decorations on day 7.

Creativity project week 7

Here goes week 7! Trying to keep up with my personal challenge of creating one thing per day.

Day 1: I made flubber for the kids and I to play with. You can get the recipe here. I love to grab washable markers and draw all over it and let it absorb the colour, instead of using food colouring in the recipe.

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Day 2:
Got inspired by a stamp set at my local Target. Already had the shipping tags kicking around. The stamp set was $7 and the twine was $1.

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Day 3:
I designed our annual family Christmas card and ordered them, and I also put out the invite for our annual Christmas party. That used up my creative energy for the day 🙂

Day 4:
Spent the night getting a start on addressing my Christmas cards. Of course I don’t really want to post a pic, cause I’d be displaying all my friend and family’s addresses.
I did post a board in Pinterest with my inspiration for handwriting the addresses. It’s under username iwonder27.

Day 5:
More addressing cards. And started painting another bird. Need some non-bird inspiration I think…

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Day 6:
Found yet another image on Pinterest to replicate. I’m figuring that the best way for me to learn to draw/paint is by finding images I like and learning to re-create them. I’m building foundations of techniques and an inventory of styles I like. Every now and then I create something of my own but with the skills I’m picking up during my self-teaching process. People often learn to cook from existing recipes before they start inventing new recipes of their own, right? Same concept.
Below, the image on the left is my inspiration, and the right is my replication of it.

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Day 7:
I spent my afternoon at a celebration of life for an incredible man who spent his life motivating and inspiring others. I sang. I sang from the bottom of my heart. I soaked in every word and every story. I reminisced. I reconnected with a part of my past that needed to be stirred. I drank a glass of red wine in his honour. I sketched a little frog in my sketchbook as a tribute to him. So that I see it when I flick through the pages and remember him. To remind myself to live for today. To inspire. To love. To not give up on those who need us. The things his memory will always stir in me.

Week 6 of my creativity project

Here we go, let’s hope I don’t slack off quite so much in week 6. Week five was pretty stressful and it really interfered with my creative process.

Day 1:
Had to finish the great book I got myself into. Shadow of night, by Deborah Harkness. I find trilogies very frustrating, having to wait around so long for the next installment. You finish the first book, and wait around so long for the second you forget the first and have to reread it, in order to get into the second. Then you finish the second and you know damn well that you are going to have a hell of a time getting into the third one a year from now when it’s finally released.
The books (discovery of witches and shadow of night) have been fantastic, it just sucks to have to turn off the story in your head and wait.

Day 2:
Needed some pen and colour in my life. Photo shows the image I was trying to draw, and my pen/watercolour rendition.

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Day 3:
Did some stamping with the kids, making bookmarks for Christmas gifts.

Day 4:
A splash of colour to go with a quote I like (couldn’t get the white balance quite right in the photo):

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Day 5:
Playing around with house designs from wit & whistle

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Day 6:
Not ready to let go of the house designs. They’re kind of fun 🙂
Inspired by “jpants4sale” on etsy and Amanda from witandwhistle.

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Day 7:
More tiny little buildings. Made the firehall up completely on my own.

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My kindergartener has decided to get on board with drawing cities. We collaborated on this one:

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Week 3 of right-brain project

Week 3 of my creation journal.
Keeping things versatile is keeping me strong. I like having such a broad range of creative activities I can count towards this project.

Day 1:
Spent the morning taking photos. Spent the afternoon editing them and a backlog of several more photo shoots as well that I was able to finish up.

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Day 2: I admit, I missed a day. I’ll make it up before the week is up though 🙂

Day 3: drew something. It sucked. Guess I wasn’t feeling it.

Day 4: mini photo session

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Day 5: fun with facepaint. Practicing a sugar skull for my friend who wants to dress up on Halloween. We did a run through just for kicks.

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Day 6: editing photos

Day 7: saw an image on a YouTube video (proof: the photographers on photography) and decided to paint it.

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Daily dose of right-brain

I have to admit I get a fair amount of inspiration from Pinterest. I follow Amanda from Wit & Whistle for her sketches and typography. I recently stumbled upon the following quote:
Draw something every day, even if it sucks.

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I find myself curled up on the couch at the end of each crazy day, and these words repeat in my head. I can no longer idly watch a show without a pen and sketchbook in hand.

Or perhaps a rock and a sharpie marker.

Or maybe I won’t even let myself sit down until I’ve set the lights up in my makeshift studio (aka the living room) and taken a few photos.

I’m craving it like mad lately! I don’t know if I’m trying to balance the left brain or if I’m just scratching an itch, but I feel like there’s so much creativity in there that is wanting to pour out. I feel like I haven’t had a complete day if I haven’t created something.

So I’ve challenged myself to exactly that. Create something every day. Even if it sucks.

Thanks Amanda for the inspiration. http://witandwhistle.com/

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