"Nothing is written in the stars.
Not these stars, nor any others.
No one controls your destiny."
— Gregory Maguire
Welcome to the first set of creative experiments for 2011. The idea behind the experiments is to explore. But randomg exploration can be scary! By playing off things you already know how to do, you can explore and learn without letting go of the familiar.
Read through the list, pick a few to do, and go. Report back when you finish the ones you picked, and I'll link to your post. We also have a fun little Flickr group to post the stuff you do in response to any of the prompts at Daisy Yellow. Flickr mail me or email me at tammy [dot] daisyyellow [at] gmail [dot] com if you want to join.
Creative Experiments 2011.rev.1
For tracking purposes, each experiment is valued at one creativity point unless otherwise noted.
♥ Create art using only a brush, paper, water and fruits or flowers as your source of dye/color [hint: frozen fruits are often juicier than fresh when they thaw, try blueberries].
♥ Alter a recipe you've made many times. Substitute blueberries for raspberries, phillo dough for pie crust, lime for lemon, add mushrooms, delete potatoes, double the balsamic vinegar, cayenne for cumin, cardamon for cinnamon.
♥ Write a paragraph of thoughts as a mirror image. Start at the right side of the page and work left, writing your words backwards, letters in reverse. I find capital letters easier to reverse. Here's a site to help you with text mirroring to save your sanity. I did Athena's Flower Shop with reverse text.
♥ If you could learn to do five new artistic things in 2011, what would be on the list? Learn to knit? Use your sewing machine? Draw boxes in 3D? Draw in a cafe? Have an art play date with a friend? Stitch on an art journal page? Write an ABOUT ME page that isn't the default blogger template? Play with neocolors? Fill up a moleskine with something creative? Write a short story? Write a haiku each week? Do a creative challenge? Create Mail Art? Trade an artist trading card? Take a watercolor class? Learn how to use your camera?
♥ Take a photograph of something through something else. A window, a doorway, an arch, a bridge, a bubble, a magnifying glass, etc. Idea inspired by the Frame Within a Frame series of photos at The Kat Eye View of the World.
♥ Write a super short story by taking a character from one of your favorite books and placing her/him in your story. i love to take the one and only Eloise out of her books and build stories for the kids.
[I ask respectfully that you do not copy/paste the experiments to your site, as excited as you are to do them. The content is copyright Daisy Yellow. Please link back to the list if you wish and of course post your experiments to share.]