"Most people are other people.
Their thoughts are someone else's opinions,
their lives a mimicry,
their passions a quotation."
Expanding on the ideas in the first post on Creative Experiments, here's a little quiz for you. You get one point for each of the ideas below you have done this year. The idea is to try new things, or expand on existing knowledge. Please post the number of points you've earned in the comments.
In the past year, have you...
♥ Tried a new craft
♥ Used art supplies in a new way
♥ Developed a new way to use recycled or "found" items in your art
♥ Introduced a friend or your kids to a new art medium or craft
♥ Edited photographs, i.e. adjusted the color, cropped or played with textures
♥ Started an art journal
♥ Followed a creative writing prompt
♥ Followed an art journaling prompt
♥ Taken photographs while waiting for someone or something
♥ Done art or craft while waiting for someone or something
♥ Explored Flickr for creative inspiration
♥ Told someone you were "an artist"
I've been learning about the benefits of hobbies and play, how trying new things benefits your life, your brain and your creativity.
- The Benefits of Learning Something New from The Mental Fitness Center
- From WikiHow, How to Exercise an Open Mind
- From MatchACollege, 100 Ways to Kickstart Your Brain on a Lazy Day
- From Maryland Community Newspapers, an interview with Kelly Ross Kantz, professor of early childhood education, entitled Hands-On Play Benefits All Ages. Per Kantz, "Our need to improvise, pretend or make something out of something else has been dramatically reduced in the last 50 years."