Creativity Today

A Different Way to Live Life

Wikki Stix

Wikki Stix, colorful, wax-covered pieces of string that can be bent into any shape, are among my favorite art projects. I frequently play with Wikki Stix whenever my hands are free, and I love seeing what I can make. Some of my creations involve making people in different outfits and locations. For example, on a trip to Paris a few years ago, I made Parisian girls modeled after the girls I saw walking down the street. In addition to that, I have created surfers, hula girls, band members, and so many more. These bendy toys are fabulous, portable entertainment, perfect for restaurants, airplanes, and anytime when you can spare a few moments. I often carry them in a ziploc bag in my purse and pull them out whenever I have the opportunity.

I look forward to making even more sculptures as I continue playing with Wikki Stix; they are a true catalyst for creation and involve a lot of imagination!

Two of my Parisian girls made of wikki sticks.

Two of my Parisian girls made of Wikki Stix.

A wikki stick girl playing a wikki stick piano

A Wikki Stix girl playing a Wikki Stix piano.

A wikki stick girl.

A very fashionable Wikki Stix girl.

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A display of many of my Wikki Stix creations.

Creative challenge:

My creative challenge for today is to make a sculpture out of Wikki Stix or any other flexible materials, such as pipe-cleaners – you’ll be surprised at how many amazing sculptures you can create!

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Do you have any other crafts that you enjoy doing? If so, what cool creations have you made? Comment below to discuss.

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Eyes: Windows to the Soul

One of my eye drawings from last year.

One of my eye drawings from last year.

A misconception I have come across when discussing creativity with friends is that it is in its own category; it is not associated with other disciplines, such as psychology or science.

Well, I disagree.

People always have opportunities to be creative in everything they do, whether it is by being outwardly creative by making a piece of art, by solving problems creatively, or by incorporating an aspect of creativity into any analysis or experiment.

For example:

While looking back on many of the doodles that I have drawn both recently and in the past few years, I discovered a common theme: I love to draw eyes. I draw them absolutely everywhere and am highly interested in the prevalence of eyes in art throughout history.

Two examples of this stand out for me: Ancient Egyptian paintings and the symbol of the Evil Eye.

Ancient Egyptian Art. Credit: commons.wikimedia.org

Ancient Egyptian Art. Credit: commons.wikimedia.org

I have always been fascinated by Ancient Egyptian mythology, and along with this came a great appreciation for their art. In their paintings, the Ancient Egyptians depicted people with their faces in profile, which, as I was once taught, was possibly to prevent evil spirits from taking over the souls of the people in the paintings. If the people had their entire faces showing in the paintings, the evil spirits would be able to invade by traveling through the people’s eyes. However, with only one eye showing, there were no visible entrances into the people’s bodies.

The Evil Eye, a symbol seen in many different cultures, is said to ward off any evil thoughts or looks that have been cast upon you. The Evil Eye is commonly worn as jewelry, but it can also been seen in art. I find it fascinating that, in this context, the eye is given power to protect the wearer from evil, something with which I would not usually associate it.

I soon began to wonder what it was about eyes that had captivated me (and my doodling habits) for much of my life, so I decided to research psychoanalyses of doodles. While I found a variety of answers regarding the meaning of doodling eyes, two analyses especially resonated with me:

My personal Evil Eye from Greece.

My personal Evil Eye from Greece.

Since eyes are often considered to be the windows to the soul, by drawing eyes, I may be either…

1. expressing my curiosity and desire to understand people and the world

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2. reflecting my inner self through my drawings.

Either way, doodling eyes is a consistent and enjoyable part of my life.

Creative challenge:

This leads me to today’s creative challenge: Draw an eye and keep working on it until you are satisfied. Then, look at the meanings of different types of eyes (yes, there are different interpretations for drawing big eyes and drawing small eyes, for example – but don’t look at the interpretations until you have completely finished drawing) and see if the interpretation that matches the eye you drew represents your personality!

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Do you think interpreting doodles is an accurate method of revealing your personality?

And which explanation of doodling eyes do you resonate more with?

Comment below to discuss.

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Creativity is Key

I’m on a mission.

What is my mission, you ask?

My mission is to bring creativity into everyday life.

How can I do this?

One way: by changing the way we procrastinate.

As of now, procrastination has a negative connotation. Dictionary.com defines it as “the act or habit of procrastinating, or putting off or delaying, especially something requiring immediate attention.”

Although it is seen as bad, procrastination is inevitable; we all find ourselves doing it. When we’re writing papers for work or for school, we slowly (or quickly) drift off to Facebook, or another internet site that captivates our attention more than the work we’re supposed to be doing does.

Some of My Doodles

But what if, instead of spending time on things that draw our mind away from our imagination, we spent it on the exact opposite?

Try to count how many minutes you spend procrastinating each day. It’s probably a lot (it’s okay – you can admit it – you’re not alone!). Now imagine what would happen if you spent that time working on a hobby or discovering a new one.

If you like to write, procrastinate by writing. Who knows, you might end up with a novel. If you like art, draw a picture, paint a painting, or sculpt a sculpture. Or, if you want to multitask and do some of your work at the same time, simply doodle (if you observe me throughout the day, you’ll notice that I am an avid doodler). Just be creative in any way possible.

Being creative opens up your mind to the possibilities in the world and allows you to look at the world through a more imaginative lens. Creativity and imagination are two of the most prevalent words in my life. I frequently describe myself using those words and they are the two of the parts of my identity that I have the most pride in. I love that I am able to sit down and write a story or draw a picture (with my favorite medium, oil pastels) and be happy (and amazed) with the result. To be fair, at the beginning, I was not the most amazing writer or artist (no one is – even those who have a knack for it), but, several years ago, I began to find time within my day to practice these hobbies, and I have since greatly improved. As a little girl, I was told “practice makes perfect,” and although no one is perfect (and I most certainly have not, and never will, completely change how I procrastinate), practice certainly makes better.

A Recent Oil Pastel Drawing

Too many people have told me they have no time to be creative. They say they have too much schoolwork or too many responsibilities, and taking time out of their busy schedules to work on a hobby is not conducive to their lives. Their work takes precedence over everything else.

And while I agree that everyone has a lot of work to do, a simple change in the common procrastination habits is all that is necessary to allow work and play to happily exist side by side.

And that is where I come in.

On this blog, I will post new suggestions of creative activities to do in different situations, such as while procrastinating. These activities will get the imaginative side of your mind running and encourage (and hopefully inspire) you to make creativity a priority in your life.

Creative challenge:

Here is your first creative challenge: Start (and maintain!) a blog about anything in the entire universe that interests you. Whenever you have an extra few minutes, use them to write a post.

Have fun!!

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How much do you value creativity in your life? Comment below to discuss.

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