Creative Every Day Challenge Theme for September: Inspiration
August 28th, 2009
The *totally optional* theme for the Creative Every Day Challenge in September will be Inspiration! I'm thinking of it in terms of exploring what inspires you, what you do when you're feeling uninspired, sharing your inspirations, etc..
Because I'm in the process of moving and things are a bit hectic, I've asked a few of the wonderful people who inspire me to do guest posts on the blog this month around the topic of inspiration. I'll still be posting as well, but I thought this would be a fun way to fill in the gaps I might have left otherwise. And I'm super excited to share these guest posts with you! We'll get to be inspired together!
You can use the posts here for jumping off points or interpret the theme in your own creative way. If you need some suggestions, here are a few ideas to get you started. You could:
- *Keep a notebook with you at all times to record everything that inspires you throughout the day.
- *Explore the ways you find inspiration when you've lost your creative mojo.
- *Find inspiration in unusual places (that wildly shaped tree, the colors in a puddle, the junk mail) and incorporate them into a piece of art or writing.
- *Incorporate an inspiring quote into your art.
- *Make a piece of art inspired by an artist you admire.
- *Leave inspiration in unexpected places. For example you could leave a piece of art in a coffee shop with a note that says "free art" or you could leave a favorite quote tucked in a library book.
- *Write freely about something that inspires you.
- *Visit an inspiring place.
- *Make one small change in your space to make it more inspiring (flowers in a vase often work wonders!)
How to use the CED themes:
If you're feeling creatively stuck or blocked at any point during the month, use the theme as a source of inspiration to get you moving.
Using the theme is entirely optional for CED participants. Use it if it inspires you, ignore it if it doesn't. I'll be sharing posts throughout the month around the theme (among other things) to get you thinking about how to incorporate it into your life. I'd love to hear how you use the theme in your creative world.
Feel free to focus on the theme in your creative activities for the entire month or as much as you'd like.
And have fun with it!
I learned...that inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic striving, but it comes into us slowly and quietly and all the time, though we must regularly and every day give it a little chance to start flowing, prime it with a little solitude and idleness. ~Brenda Ueland