Creative Every Day Theme for July: Round

June 30th, 2012

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

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.

As I think of this theme, all I can think about is a bit of a Rumi poem: 

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don't go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don't go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth across the doorsill
where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don't go back to sleep.

Beautiful, yes?

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:

  • *Focus on round shapes like the moon and sun in your work.
  • *Create a round piece of art.
  • *Work with an embroidery hoop.
  • *Cover a page with teeny tiny circles.
  • *Trace round shapes (cups, bottle caps, bowls) on paper and work within them.
  • *Write about the roundness of the body.

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!

10 Responses

that Rumi poem put me in a great space – thank you! and Round – so full of possibilities!

LOVE circles. Love your piece. Love this blog!

Beautiful painting Leah! Draws you in to the thoughtful magic of its moonlit world. Cute thing to tell you: I just clicked on your site & then went to make a cuppa to sip on whilst I read. Meanwhile my 10 year old daughter, slipped into my vacated seat & went “Oooo I love this artist, she does beautiful paintings” then proceded to read your post :-) She recognised your blog & remembered your art from when she’s explored your website before.

Now on the subject of “round” – this is perfect for me and my obsession with creating mandalas! And yesterday I posted my latest pages for the “round” robin journal swap that is so inspiring. And yes there were some mandala doodles included on these pages, lol :-) ) Perfect!!

Hope you and your lovely family are all well & happy.
Kat Xx

So excited by this month’s theme. I’ve been using a lot of circles in my painting lately. Happy July!

Hello Leah, I like this theme very much, I’m much attracted by roundness, so who know what this theme might trigger in me, thanks for getting me thinking on this, inspiring. Your moon piece is as usual so very lovely with those tall black trees. I’m loving the summer nights with all their sounds and moon light! Take care and enjoy your summer with Annabelle. Lucia is walking and into everything, it’s such an active stage, keeps us well on our toes! xx

Such a coincidence! lol This month I’ve joined with some other crafty peeps to knit or crochet beanies for cancer patients… this was my first go at crocheting in the round – perfect for this month’s theme :)

Round was the perfect shape to the Ancient Greeks. I always think of cycles, when I think of circles. It is amazing and reassuring.

I may have taken the prompt a bit out of the box. The picture in the blog shows how “round” I was when I weighed almost 300 lbs.
Thanks for reading.

Hello, my lovely friend. I AM BACK! Much love~

What a wonderful addition this book will be to the daily creative “spark” you offer to us all! Especially for artist/writers like me. Your Creative Every Day themes have kept me connected to my inner world during times when I would otherwise have certainly lost my way. Thank you so much for all of the gifts you share!

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