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Creative Every Day Check-In: February 17 – 23

February 17th, 2014, Comments (2)

This weekly check-in post is a place for Creative Every Day Challenge participants to share their creative activities. I've been up to some holiday crafting in the last week and I'll be sharing pictures this week! 

Join in the Challenge: You can sign-up for the 2014 Challenge here!

Ways to share: Once you've signed up, you can leave a comment on this post and/or use the "Mr. Linky" widget below to link to a blog post(s) or flickr image of your creative activities during the days of 2/17/14 - 2/23/14. 

The widget below is an optional method of sharing your creativity that makes it easier for others to check out what you're up to. You can use it to link to a blog post (or posts) or flickr image during the week listed. Or if you have a bunch of posts and don't want to link to all of them, you can link to your main blog page once. Do it in a way that makes sense and is fun for you! If you're unsure about how to use the widget, check out the "How to use the Mr. Linky widget" section on the Creative Every Day Challenge page. (If you're reading this in a RSS reader or email subscription, you will not see the "Mr. Linky widget", so click on over to the blog to use it.) If the Mr. Linky widget is missing from this blog post, it's probably a problem with their server and it will come back as soon as it's fixed. You can always leave your link in the comments. There is sometimes a slight delay in your link/image showing up in the Mr. Linky widget, so if you don't see it immediately, check back in a little bit.

You can also take advantage of the great CED flickr group to post your images and see what others are up to. If you're on Twitter or Instagram you can use the hashtag #CED2014!

Theme: February's totally optional theme is Heart, which you read more about here.  

Happy Creating!

 

Creative Every Day Check-In: February 10 – 16

February 10th, 2014, Comments (4)

This weekly check-in post is a place for Creative Every Day Challenge participants to share their creative activities. I've been up to some holiday crafting in the last week and I'll be sharing pictures this week! 

Join in the Challenge: You can sign-up for the 2014 Challenge here!

Ways to share: Once you've signed up, you can leave a comment on this post and/or use the "Mr. Linky" widget below to link to a blog post(s) or flickr image of your creative activities during the days of 2/10/14 - 2/16/14. 

The widget below is an optional method of sharing your creativity that makes it easier for others to check out what you're up to. You can use it to link to a blog post (or posts) or flickr image during the week listed. Or if you have a bunch of posts and don't want to link to all of them, you can link to your main blog page once. Do it in a way that makes sense and is fun for you! If you're unsure about how to use the widget, check out the "How to use the Mr. Linky widget" section on the Creative Every Day Challenge page. (If you're reading this in a RSS reader or email subscription, you will not see the "Mr. Linky widget", so click on over to the blog to use it.) If the Mr. Linky widget is missing from this blog post, it's probably a problem with their server and it will come back as soon as it's fixed. You can always leave your link in the comments. There is sometimes a slight delay in your link/image showing up in the Mr. Linky widget, so if you don't see it immediately, check back in a little bit.

You can also take advantage of the great CED flickr group to post your images and see what others are up to. If you're on Twitter or Instagram you can use the hashtag #CED2014!

Theme: February's totally optional theme is Heart, which you read more about here.  

Happy Creating!

 

Creative Every Day Theme for January: Past, Present & Future

December 31st, 2013, Comments (20)


At the end of each month I will announce the totally optional theme for the following month. For the month of January 2014, the theme will be Past, Present & Future

I thought this might be a fun theme to explore as we reflect on 2013 and look forward to the months of creating and living in 2014! 

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:

  • *Photocopy images from your family history and use them in your artwork.
  • *Do a stream of consciousness writing about what you'd like 2014 to look like.
  • *Create in the present moment, just letting it flow with no plan in mind. 
  • *Do you have a word for the year? Make a piece of art to celebrate it and help remind you of it for the rest of the year.
  • *Put together a photo album celebrating 2013.
  • *Write down the things from the past year (or more) that you want to release and burn them or release them to the wind.
  • *Move to music from your younger years. 
  • *Take a piece that has been sitting unfinished and bring new life to it. 

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 Every Day Month, Day 24

November 24th, 2013, Comments (3)

aedmlogored

Today is the 24th day of Art Every Day Month. I hope you're finding some time to rest and play! I had the wrong Mr. Linky in there this morning. Sorry about that. All fixed now!

I usually post my art at the end of the day, but every morning there will be a check-in post like this one, where you can share your work whenever you're ready to do so.

The box below is a widget that I provide each day as an optional place to share a direct link (blog post or flickr image) to that day's creation. If you don't have something to share today, don't worry about it! Share when you can. In the meantime, be sure to check out what other participants are creating! Check out the links from today's post and the links on the participant page for instant inspiration. You can also see lots of great work in the AEDM flickr group. Feel free to share your work there too!

If you use the widget, please link to a specific blog post, not your main blog page or website (or you can link to a specific image if you're linking to a flickr page.) For example, in a past AEDM, for day one I linked to my first post: http://creativeeveryday.com/creativeeveryday/2010/11/the-owl-and-the-pussycat.html instead of my main blog page: http://www.creativeeveryday.com. This makes it easier for people to find your work. Mr. Linky automatically asks for a comment, leave one if you'd like (I love to hear from you!), but it's not required. It may take a little time for your image and/or link to appear. If you don't see it right away, check back in a few minutes. If you're having trouble with the sharing a thumbnail, try putting the url of your latest post in the url box. Then, when it gives you a few options for sharing an image, choose the "pick an image from your site" option. From there, you should be able to select an image of your latest work or some other image from your site. It may take a minute for your image to appear here on the blog.

If you want to share, but don't have a specific page to link to, feel free to use the comments section of this post to share what you're working on. If you're posting less than once a day, no problem! Simply use the latest one of these posts to share a link to your creation. For some, it's too much to keep up with posting every day, but don't let that get you down. Do it if you can and if you can't, just keep on creating, that's the most important part. If you get off track and miss a few days of creating, don't let that freeze you up either. Just pick up where you left off and keep moving forward. One foot in front of the other. You are making your life a more creative one with each step.

How to participate in Art Every Day Month: Check out the AEDM info page for all the details, instructions on how to get involved, and then visit the participant sign up page before you use the link widget to share your creations. The Information page also has instructions about how to use the widget below, if you're having any trouble with it.

Survival Guide: If you feel like you could use some more support, prompts, and motivation to keep going throughout the month, check out the Art Every Day Month Survival Guide.

Twitter: If you're on Twitter (I'm on there as @leah_art), I'll be using the hashtag #aedm2013 to mark Art Every Day Month tweets. It helps to find others who are tweeting about AEDM!

Instagram: You can use the same #aedm2013 hashtag if you're playing along on Instagram.

Creative Every Day Challenge participants: If you're not doing Art Every Day Month, you can still use any of the daily Art Every Day Month check-in posts to leave your weekly link. Feel free to keep checking in on Mondays or post whenever you have something new to share!

 

aedmlogored

Today is the 23rd day of Art Every Day Month. This week flew! I hope you all have a wonderfully creative weekend!   

I usually post my art at the end of the day, but every morning there will be a check-in post like this one, where you can share your work whenever you're ready to do so.

The box below is a widget that I provide each day as an optional place to share a direct link (blog post or flickr image) to that day's creation. If you don't have something to share today, don't worry about it! Share when you can. In the meantime, be sure to check out what other participants are creating! Check out the links from today's post and the links on the participant page for instant inspiration. You can also see lots of great work in the AEDM flickr group. Feel free to share your work there too!

If you use the widget, please link to a specific blog post, not your main blog page or website (or you can link to a specific image if you're linking to a flickr page.) For example, in a past AEDM, for day one I linked to my first post: http://creativeeveryday.com/creativeeveryday/2010/11/the-owl-and-the-pussycat.html instead of my main blog page: http://www.creativeeveryday.com. This makes it easier for people to find your work. Mr. Linky automatically asks for a comment, leave one if you'd like (I love to hear from you!), but it's not required. It may take a little time for your image and/or link to appear. If you don't see it right away, check back in a few minutes. If you're having trouble with the sharing a thumbnail, try putting the url of your latest post in the url box. Then, when it gives you a few options for sharing an image, choose the "pick an image from your site" option. From there, you should be able to select an image of your latest work or some other image from your site. It may take a minute for your image to appear here on the blog.

If you want to share, but don't have a specific page to link to, feel free to use the comments section of this post to share what you're working on. If you're posting less than once a day, no problem! Simply use the latest one of these posts to share a link to your creation. For some, it's too much to keep up with posting every day, but don't let that get you down. Do it if you can and if you can't, just keep on creating, that's the most important part. If you get off track and miss a few days of creating, don't let that freeze you up either. Just pick up where you left off and keep moving forward. One foot in front of the other. You are making your life a more creative one with each step.

How to participate in Art Every Day Month: Check out the AEDM info page for all the details, instructions on how to get involved, and then visit the participant sign up page before you use the link widget to share your creations. The Information page also has instructions about how to use the widget below, if you're having any trouble with it.

Survival Guide: If you feel like you could use some more support, prompts, and motivation to keep going throughout the month, check out the Art Every Day Month Survival Guide.

Twitter: If you're on Twitter (I'm on there as @leah_art), I'll be using the hashtag #aedm2013 to mark Art Every Day Month tweets. It helps to find others who are tweeting about AEDM!

Instagram: You can use the same #aedm2013 hashtag if you're playing along on Instagram.

Creative Every Day Challenge participants: If you're not doing Art Every Day Month, you can still use any of the daily Art Every Day Month check-in posts to leave your weekly link. Feel free to keep checking in on Mondays or post whenever you have something new to share!

 

Art Every Day Month, Day 21

November 21st, 2013, Comments (2)

aedmlogored

Today is the 21st day of Art Every Day Month. We are two thirds (a little more!) through this month, can you believe it?! I hope you're all enjoying the process. I know it's been a busy, but great month thus far.   

I usually post my art at the end of the day, but every morning there will be a check-in post like this one, where you can share your work whenever you're ready to do so.

The box below is a widget that I provide each day as an optional place to share a direct link (blog post or flickr image) to that day's creation. If you don't have something to share today, don't worry about it! Share when you can. In the meantime, be sure to check out what other participants are creating! Check out the links from today's post and the links on the participant page for instant inspiration. You can also see lots of great work in the AEDM flickr group. Feel free to share your work there too!

If you use the widget, please link to a specific blog post, not your main blog page or website (or you can link to a specific image if you're linking to a flickr page.) For example, in a past AEDM, for day one I linked to my first post: http://creativeeveryday.com/creativeeveryday/2010/11/the-owl-and-the-pussycat.html instead of my main blog page: http://www.creativeeveryday.com. This makes it easier for people to find your work. Mr. Linky automatically asks for a comment, leave one if you'd like (I love to hear from you!), but it's not required. It may take a little time for your image and/or link to appear. If you don't see it right away, check back in a few minutes. If you're having trouble with the sharing a thumbnail, try putting the url of your latest post in the url box. Then, when it gives you a few options for sharing an image, choose the "pick an image from your site" option. From there, you should be able to select an image of your latest work or some other image from your site. It may take a minute for your image to appear here on the blog.

If you want to share, but don't have a specific page to link to, feel free to use the comments section of this post to share what you're working on. If you're posting less than once a day, no problem! Simply use the latest one of these posts to share a link to your creation. For some, it's too much to keep up with posting every day, but don't let that get you down. Do it if you can and if you can't, just keep on creating, that's the most important part. If you get off track and miss a few days of creating, don't let that freeze you up either. Just pick up where you left off and keep moving forward. One foot in front of the other. You are making your life a more creative one with each step.

How to participate in Art Every Day Month: Check out the AEDM info page for all the details, instructions on how to get involved, and then visit the participant sign up page before you use the link widget to share your creations. The Information page also has instructions about how to use the widget below, if you're having any trouble with it.

Survival Guide: If you feel like you could use some more support, prompts, and motivation to keep going throughout the month, check out the Art Every Day Month Survival Guide.

Twitter: If you're on Twitter (I'm on there as @leah_art), I'll be using the hashtag #aedm2013 to mark Art Every Day Month tweets. It helps to find others who are tweeting about AEDM!

Instagram: You can use the same #aedm2013 hashtag if you're playing along on Instagram.

Creative Every Day Challenge participants: If you're not doing Art Every Day Month, you can still use any of the daily Art Every Day Month check-in posts to leave your weekly link. Feel free to keep checking in on Mondays or post whenever you have something new to share!

 

Art Every Day Month, Day 10

November 10th, 2013, Comments (4)

aedmlogored

Today is the 10th day of Art Every Day Month. Sometimes it can be tough to squeeze in art during a busy weekend. If you're having trouble squeezing it in, keep it small and simple!

I usually post my art at the end of the day, but every morning there will be a check-in post like this one, where you can share your work whenever you're ready to do so.

The box below is a widget that I provide each day as an optional place to share a direct link (blog post or flickr image) to that day's creation. If you don't have something to share today, don't worry about it! Share when you can. In the meantime, be sure to check out what other participants are creating! Check out the links from today's post and the links on the participant page for instant inspiration. You can also see lots of great work in the AEDM flickr group. Feel free to share your work there too!

If you use the widget, please link to a specific blog post, not your main blog page or website (or you can link to a specific image if you're linking to a flickr page.) For example, in a past AEDM, for day one I linked to my first post: http://creativeeveryday.com/creativeeveryday/2010/11/the-owl-and-the-pussycat.html instead of my main blog page: http://www.creativeeveryday.com. This makes it easier for people to find your work. Mr. Linky automatically asks for a comment, leave one if you'd like (I love to hear from you!), but it's not required. It may take a little time for your image and/or link to appear. If you don't see it right away, check back in a few minutes. If you're having trouble with the sharing a thumbnail, try putting the url of your latest post in the url box. Then, when it gives you a few options for sharing an image, choose the "pick an image from your site" option. From there, you should be able to select an image of your latest work or some other image from your site. It may take a minute for your image to appear here on the blog.

If you want to share, but don't have a specific page to link to, feel free to use the comments section of this post to share what you're working on. If you're posting less than once a day, no problem! Simply use the latest one of these posts to share a link to your creation. For some, it's too much to keep up with posting every day, but don't let that get you down. Do it if you can and if you can't, just keep on creating, that's the most important part. If you get off track and miss a few days of creating, don't let that freeze you up either. Just pick up where you left off and keep moving forward. One foot in front of the other. You are making your life a more creative one with each step.

How to participate in Art Every Day Month: Check out the AEDM info page for all the details, instructions on how to get involved, and then visit the participant sign up page before you use the link widget to share your creations. The Information page also has instructions about how to use the widget below, if you're having any trouble with it.

Survival Guide: If you feel like you could use some more support, prompts, and motivation to keep going throughout the month, check out the Art Every Day Month Survival Guide.

Twitter: If you're on Twitter (I'm on there as @leah_art), I'll be using the hashtag #aedm2013 to mark Art Every Day Month tweets. It helps to find others who are tweeting about AEDM!

Instagram: You can use the same #aedm2013 hashtag if you're playing along on Instagram.

Creative Every Day Challenge participants: If you're not doing Art Every Day Month, you can still use any of the daily Art Every Day Month check-in posts to leave your weekly link. Feel free to keep checking in on Mondays or post whenever you have something new to share!

 

Prepping for Art Every Day Month

October 16th, 2013, Comments (7)


Art Every Day Month is right around the corner, starting on November first and running for 30 wonderful days of creating. I want to remind you that this is a low-key challenge, so if you start and fall flat, you can pick yourself up and get back to it. Or if you find the challenge late, no worries, start where you are.

I also want to remind you that I define art in the broadest sense. Your daily art might be a painting, or the beginning of one, or it might be a photo, a song, knitting, cooking, chalk drawings with your children, sculpture, poems on napkins, art journaling, crafting, dancing, etc...

People have written to me asking how they'll share their work and how they'll see the work of others. The easiest way is to come here (creativeeveryday.com) every day and look at the daily check-in post. There, people will be sharing a link (to their blog, website, flickr image, etc) to what they've worked on that day. Or if they don't have a place like this to share, they can talk about what they're up to in the comments. 

If you've joined in and are worried that you need some extra support, motivation or a daily prompt, then you can sign up for the Survival Guide, a private daily blog with prompts, encouragement, inspiration and a weekly audio exercise. 

And here's are some tips about getting ready for the month. Everyone will approach this differently. Some people like to have a project in mind they'll work on all month (like a large piece), or a specific act of creativity they'll do each day (1 photo each day), while others will do whatever they're inspired to do each day. I tend to go with the flow, but I also like to do some sketching sessions in advance, so on days when I'm feeling less than inspired, I already have some ideas ready that I'd like to explore further. And when those ideas aren't calling to me, I just begin and let my intuition be my guide. Some days the work is wonderful, some days it is not, it is all ok. What I have found is that the process of working every single day, is powerful and interesting things always come up. It's fun. And even more fun doing it with a group of people. So get excited, folks, this is going to be fun! 

Pregnancy Loss and Remembrance Day

October 15th, 2013, Comments (4)

This is my painting, "Love, Loss, and Letting Go" which I'm sharing because today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. Sending love to my friends and family who have experienced a loss. It is an all too common and heartbreaking experience.

"What we have once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose for all that we love deeply becomes a part of us." -Helen Keller

Guest Post by Tara Leaver

September 5th, 2013, Comments (6)

Four Things To Never Do When Making Art {or ever, actually} And Ways To Counter Them

If you have ever wanted to express yourself creatively and smacked into an invisible wall of not being able to, you are not alone. I’m not a fan of rules, but there are some things I come up against so repetitively as part of my creative process, I felt it was time to install some devices to counter them so I could move forward into making art whenever I like with minimum blocks. These are four of the things that frequently limit both myself and other creatives I know, and some ways to dissolve them.

1. Judging

It's too easy, often ingrained, and so damaging. For me non-judgement is a constant practice, and I know I'm not alone in that. What we need is a space in which we get to play with our supplies without needing it to be or become anything. I am constantly developing new ways to make it easier for myself to be kind about what I'm doing and how I'm doing it. It takes effort, but any new habit does initially. It'll be second nature in no time. ;)

Anti-judging device: Allot a certain amount of time to just go for it. I like an hour before I start my day, if I wake up in time! At that point I haven't got sucked into anything else yet, and it feels like a present, which really helps. Also: laser focus, people. Lay out your materials in advance so there's absolutely no time for procrastinating; you go in, you do, when time's up you stop, and that's it done. Walk away immediately after and don't start picking it to pieces. Be firm with yourself but kind. The satisfaction of spending some time in your happy place is more important than the perceived quality of what you produce.

2. Comparing

What I call 'other-ising'; focusing on others’ work in a way that leaves you feeling disheartened and lacking. The internet especially can suck you into a vortex of comparison. We so easily get caught up in the image and forget there's a whole person behind what we're looking at, that they struggle too, and probably worked very persistently for a long time to become as good as they are. Of course for some it comes more easily, but there are things you can do that others can’t and wish they could. Swings and roundabouts.

Anti-comparing device: No peeking! If you know you're in a state where seeing something amazing by someone else is going to trigger you, step away from the computer, the art books, Instagram, or wherever you're likely to find something that's 'better than what you can do'. Then apply the anti-judging device.

3. Being rigid

Don't make rules about how things ‘should’ be. Most work is recoverable, and if it's not, well that's an excellent opportunity to practice that all important self-kindness. I can get very caught up in how someone else does something, and then get in a tangle when their way doesn't work for me. It's essential to remember that your way is the absolute best way for you, and while it can be inspiring and helpful to borrow from others' methods, ultimately you create your path by walking it, and sometimes that means breaking rules, doing things in a weird order, or racking up a bunch of things you don't like before producing something you do.

Anti-rigidity device: Experiment and play. Tell yourself before you begin that whatever happens is going to be just fine with you, because you're just testing out some ideas. I find approaching my easel with that kind of easy going attitude, which I put on like a coat if I'm not feeling it right to my bones, can free me up to have a great time. The focus is self-expression, not producing a masterpiece.

4. Giving in to fear

There are many possible paths to just sitting down and doing it that are scattered with boulders and pot holes to trip us up. It won't be good, I don't know where to begin, I'm not inspired, I don't have time, I'm rubbish at this so why am I bothering, I'll waste materials, I've just remembered I MUST do xyz immediately - all based in fear and all surmountable. One thing's for sure; giving into the fear means no fun creative time.

Anti-fear device: Be kind. Be as kind as you can possibly be, and then be kinder. I discovered recently that I have been carrying around the unconscious belief that there's a limit to how kind to myself I can be, and after that I have to get the whip out. Total insanity. If fears threaten to stop you before you've even started, pretend you're a child, or a friend, or someone you're teaching, and whatever you'd say to them, say to yourself. Most likely it'll be along the lines of, it's ok, whatever you do is just fine; let's have a play and see what happens. Make it more of a multi-sensory pleasurable experience with some snacks and something to listen to. Remember that it’s about FUN.

Obviously there are all sorts of ways we thwart ourselves creatively; these are just some very common ones. What’s your biggest stumbling block when it comes to just starting? Do you have any magical devices of your own we can add to our toolkits?

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Tara is an artist and writer living and working from her home studio on the south coast of England. Always looking for ways to make it easier for anyone to bring creativity into everyday life, she has written a book, Creative Spark, and is currently developing an art based ecourse by the same name, designed for anyone wishing they could be more creative but held back by fears or not knowing where to start. If that sounds interesting to you, you can find out more here: http://taraleaver.com/creative-spark-ecourse/. Tara's Creative Spark ecourse begins October 14th. Early bird registration opens very soon! 

Creative Every Day Check-In: December 24 – 30

December 24th, 2012, Comments (11)

Sorry for the delay today, folks. If you celebrate Christmas, I hope you and yours have a magical holiday! This weekly check-in post is a place for Creative Every Day Challenge participants to share their creative activities.

Join in the Challenge: You can now sign-up for the 2013 Challenge here!

Ways to share: Once you've signed up, you can leave a comment on this post and/or use the "Mr. Linky" widget below to link to a blog post(s) about your creative activities during the days of 12/24/12 - 12/30/12.

The widget below is an optional method of sharing your creativity that makes it easier for others to check out what you're up to. You can use it to link to a blog post (or posts) or flickr image during the week listed. Or if you have a bunch of posts and don't want to link to all of them, you can link to your main blog page once. Do it in a way that makes sense and is fun for you! If you're unsure about how to use the widget, check out the "How to use the Mr. Linky widget" section on the Creative Every Day Challenge page. (If you're reading this in a RSS reader or email subscription, you will not see the "Mr. Linky widget", so click on over to the blog to use it.) If the Mr. Linky widget is missing from this blog post, it's probably a problem with their server and it will come back as soon as it's fixed. You can always leave your link in the comments.

You can also take advantage of the great CED flickr group to post your images and see what others are up to. If you're on Twitter or Instagram you can use the hashtag #CED2012!

Theme: The (totally optional) theme for December is Celebrate. You can read more about the optional theme here.

Happy Creating!