52 projects: Creative prompts for a creative life – week #11
~ November 6th-10th ~
Welcome to week 11 of the 52 week project
Normally I have already started my project by now, but alas it has been an unusually trying week. I’ve been working through sickness, funerals, projects, encroaching winter weather and to be frank…
I need to see some wonder!
God has been teaching me things this year, both physically and spiritually. But the resounding theme that has become apparent to me is Discovery
Discovering who He is
Finding the beauty in the ordinary
Learning to see what isn’t readily evident.
So here I am at the beginning of a new week, ready to embark on that journey of discovery. And what a better way than to engage our senses.
Now, this will not be an easy thing for a lot of you…including me for sure. But nothing worthwhile is ever easy right? So here is what I want you to do:
See the unusual.
It might be something that you actually encounter every day, but look at it in a new way. See the beauty that isn’t necessarily evident. Write about it, paint it, maybe gather it into a specific place and make it part of a collection, or take a picture and collage it into your journal. One thing I used to do when I was a cubscout leader was to have the boy see everything they could see within arm’s length of where they were sitting, then write it down. Every. Little. Thing. It helps to develop our skills of observation.
You never know, you might be missing something important
Hear all the sounds of morning.
Sit quietly before anyone else wakes up, and notice each and every sound around you taking note of:
- where it is
- what it is
- and whether you have ever heard it before.
The longer you sit without making any noise, the more you will hear. Jot it down in a notebook, your journal, or even on a napkin. If the later, collage that into your art journal on a colorful page.
Truly hearing is an art form all its own. Often it is in the stillness and quiet that we hear the most important murmurings of God. Are you listening for them?
Create something textural today.
Open up to a new page in your journal or whatever you have been working on this week. Use a texture paste, drywall mud, or even modpodge and some sand to create something very tactile. You may actually decide to do this prompt first if you want to create one single project this week.
Or maybe you could print off one of your pictures from Monday if you took any, and use this as your substrate for the rest of the prompts this week. Sew around the outside of the photo creating an unusual texture or add in some textural elements.
Here is where things might get a little difficult. When creating art, you don’t often think about your sense of smell. But using descriptive word within our art is definitely doable. Maybe you could write an ode to your favorite morning drink (mine just happens to be coffee!)
Describe how its scent enlivens your mind and transports you into the day. Maybe lavender is your gig….or even better, fix some loose buds onto your page with gel medium. Think outside of the box to integrate smells into your project today.
Now, I don’t want to see picture of anyone licking the pages in their book, or putting things in their mouths they shouldn’t. But do describe how something tastes. Was the picture you took on Monday of a weird kind of fruit? There are a lot of unusual varieties out there. Cut one open and taste it. Then tell us about it. But definitely make sure that it is edible first.
You know the drill
- Be creative
- Think outside the box
- Create something new
- Stretch those muscles.
I look forward to seeing what you have learned from this week’s prompts
Friday I will post my finished project here and on Instagram. Check out #creativefaith, #52projects, #cp4acl (#CP4aCL)
Have a creative week!
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