My daughter was busy painting today and I had a few unoccupied minutes, so I posed the question…
“What can I create in 10 minutes?”
I opened our craft cabinet, and poked around a bit until I came across an alphabet stamp set. I love the textured letters these stamps make, so I decided to create a little motivational poster. I opened my computer to a file where I keep a collection of quotes and choose one from Ralph Waldo Emerson. Without much forethought, I began stamping away.
Not too bad for 10 minutes. Throw a frame around it, it could hang in a studio space and be a little daily motivation.
I had to stop at this point, Lux had tired of painting and wanted a snack, but I was feeling good about creating such a quick little project. So good, in fact, that I decided to pick it back up and expand on it later in the evening. This part goes beyond the ten minute exercise, but that’s sort of the whole point – using small creative activities to provoke bigger ideas and projects.
I opened my poster in photoshop and began experimenting. I decided the most interesting thing to do would be to combine my poster with the painting my daughter was creating at the same time. The experimental nature of her painting illustrates the quote beautifully. Three year olds are natural artists.
I love the way this turned out, I think my Lux will love it too. I hope this inspires you to do something creative today, even if you only have 10 minutes.
P.S. Here’s the longer version of the Emerson quote. Such a great sentiment –
“Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. What if they are a little coarse and you may get your coat soiled or torn? What if you do fail, and get fairly rolled in the dirt once or twice? Up again, you shall never be so afraid of a tumble.”