Saturday, 26 June 2010

Day 19: Vegetable art

Today I want you to be inspired by other people's works of art. Here's how it started;

On the train today I was enjoying a yummy (but cold) 'Innocent tasty veg pot' (by the company that make those smoothies). Whilst enjoying this scrummy snack, I found myself reading all the information on the packaging (as you do). To my surprise, there was a picture of a carrot and three cherry tomatoes which was of course, doubling up as an ice cream cone look-a-like! (picture it for a second). There.

Brilliant; vegetable art!

Turns out there is a page on their website where you can send your OWN veg art! Even more brilliant. So check it out at and see if you could do any better...

Friday, 25 June 2010

Day 18: Games, games, games!

SO many of you LOVE spending your time gaming! Whether it's the DS, Wii, PS3, guys can't get enough of it.

BUT, do you ever find yourself thinking, 'you know what, I could do so much better!'

Have you got loads of ideas for games? Well, get on it! Write them all done, start designing. There is a lot of money in designing games (so I hear). Who said it can't be YOU making that money for doing what you love?

I know what you're thinking, 'my creative talents have nothing to do with gaming. I can't do computers, so it's not for me.' Not true. Someone has to right the stories for these games. Someone has to draw the storyboards and come up with the challenges.

If your talent still doesn't feature, then get it out there! Maybe its a gap in the market.

Don't put limits on your creativity. If you want it, then go for it!

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Day 17: People watching

Have you ever found yourself waiting for a friend in a park, cinema, shopping centre, train station...? The likely answer to this question is most definitely yes. At these times you end up getting annoyed and spending your time thinking, 'where on earth has my friend got to!'

Well. the next time this happens to you I want to encourage you not to see it as an annoying waste of time, but think, how can I use this time to spark creativity?

Try this; just sit back and watch the people around you. What are they doing/wearing/eating/talking about? Would you do that? People who don't know they are being watched do the funniest/unexpected/realistic things. Trust me, it's loads of fun to watch people doing their shopping or playing footy in the park, chatting on the phone or whatever else you see people doing.

It teaches you about how people react. Add their behaviour to your characters, or try and capture it in art, dance, theatre...Who knows, they could end up contributing to your masterpiece without even knowing.

Nothing is ever a waste of time, not when you're creative!

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Day 16: The code...

Ok, I have to put this code on my blog to get more people reading my blog! Thanks to all of you who are already reading. I figure the more creative people I can reach the better! So I thought, as this is a creative blog, why not turn it into a creative challenge!

Here's the task: what would you do with this...


I think it should be a code found on the side of an abandoned naval ship, discovered by two boys on a beach in South India or maybe its could be the code left behind by a murder, one symbol on each victim! Oh, the possibilities really are endless with this one.

Anything can become a creative spark...what will YOU turn it into?

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Day 15: From object to invention!

If I gave you a piece of wire and said, 'do something with it,' what would you do?

Would you make it into a frame for something useful like a hat (to cover it in fabric) or a bowl (papier mashe)? Would you make it into a sculpture, minimalist or intricate? Maybe a maze for your pet hamster, or a new invention!

There really are so many possibilities with just a piece of wire, so the next time you find yourself with some, see what you could do...

No wire around? Well see what else is lying around your house. The garage is a good place to start or your loft. If you're in a creative frame of mind then go hunting and see what you can create out of everyday objects. Everything can fulfil a creative purpose!

Monday, 21 June 2010

Day 14: You just need a spark!

Today I am talking to all of you people who think you're not creative in any way. Is that you?

Well, I'd like to say that it's just not true. ALL people are creative in some way or another. It could be something as simple as the way you dress. Some people have the gift of putting anything together and looking amazing. Or maybe you're into cooking/baking. There are loads of ways you can be creative with food.

Just because you can't draw or don't have the first clue how to hold a paintbrush doesn't mean you're not creative!

If you think creativity isn't for you then you just haven't found your spark yet. Try photography or making your own cards. Maybe origami could be your thing or making jewellery. Learn an instrument or try your hand at web design. Write a blog or make your own video.

Think outside the box and see your creativity grow and overflow...

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Day 13: The good-old-days

What did you love when you were little? What films did you watch on Video (do you remember those!)? What TV programmes did you watch? What toys did you play with? What games did you play?

When I was little I used to play imaginary games. Weren't they the best! I would pretend I was a mermaid, but when I was out of the water (and dry) I could fly like Peter Pan. Logical I think.

I recon I was definitely more inventive then than I am now, so every so often I delve back into my memories and come up with some inspired story ideas. In fact, I used my favourite childhood panda bear (Smilie) as subject for my art this year too.

Childhood fun and games doesn't have to just be memories. Use it to inspire what you do know. What will you find?