Creative Every Day Theme for April: Language

March 27th, 2012

At the end of each month I will announce the totally optional theme for the following month. For the month of April 2012, the theme will be Language.

As always, this month's theme for the Creative Every Day Challenge is totally optional. Use it if it inspires you, continue being creative every day in your own way if it doesn't, or do something in between. You can sign up for the 2012 Creative Every Day Challenge anytime. More info can be found here and the sign-up page is here.

I'll be posting about the theme throughout the month on the blog to help keep you inspired. 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:

  • *Include writing in your native tongue or a foreign language in your work.
  • *Let the origins of a word inspire you.
  • *Write a poem and speak it out loud.
  • *Use pages of a book in a mixed media piece.
  • *Write a children's story.
  • *Express an idea in the language you imagine an object (chair, tree, cloud) would speak if it could.
  • *Try expressing yourself through the language of movement.
  • *Let what you wear tell a story today.

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. Feel free to focus on the theme in your creative activities for the entire month or as much as you'd like.

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.

And have fun with it!

Art is a language, an instrument of knowledge, an instrument of communication. ~Jean Dubuffet

10 Responses

This fits perfectly with the e-course I’ll be taking starting Monday which is Poem It Out by Liz Lamoreux. I’m sure to have lots to share!

I’ve wanted to jump in since January! As a writer, I love this theme, plus it correlates with my new passion — make art journals out of old books. Can’t wait!

I would just like to saynthst I have just recently found your blog and I think it is wonderful. It is exactly what I have been looking for. I need the inspiration that you give. You have such great ideas posted. Also, I like how you have everyone who is participating all linked together so we can have a central location to get to everyone else’s blog. It is wonderful! Do you mind if i snag one of the “Creative Every Day” tags on the side and post on my blog with a link back to yours??????? I am just so excited that I found your blog! I look forward to creating with everyone.

Another good theme–thanks, Leah!

Oh yes, I like April’s ‘Language’ inspiration! And I love this painting. It holds so many possible stories and meanings. To finish off the mixed-media theme I’ve posted photos on my blog of my travelling journal. I fear it isn’t up to the standard of my swap buddies but I had fun creating it and it helped me get out of a creative slump.

Kat Xx

ohmigawsh! You seem to know exactly where my heart (and my art!) lives! I am focusing on Women Writers in April… so wow, this is a natural!

THANK YOU always, for all you do!

Cool! I didn’t make it for the March theme! Whaaaaaa! I keep imaging that work doesn’t zap my energy so that I have time to do mundane things during the week and have total time for creative frivolity on the weekends. But, oh, no. I think I need to get past the ‘imagining’ bit and carve out the time and make ‘art’ the priority. I think I read somewhere that a well kept house is a sign of someone with nothing to do. (No offense anyone who has managed a tidy house and is creative, too!) I think my goal this month is to challenge myself to meet Leah’s very gracious and supportive challenge. So, let’ see if I can do this. After all for Lent I gave up candy and I have not had one bit for thirty some odd days. So, if I can do that…I can make time for art, right? Any logic to this at all or am I just imaging again. Sigh…

Great theme, and lots of freedom. Sorry I didn’t join earlier, but have only just found your blog. Looking forward to taking part though,if that’s OK, as there’s plenty of 2012 left…

Hi Leah, This is a great theme! It’s fun to include language into our design pouch. Stories and poetry can flow along with beautiful art very well. I need to stretch my creativity more and put some stories into my work. Thank you for presenting this charming prompt.


I have loved all of your monthly themes this year! Thanks for inspiring me each month! :-)


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