Draw A Leaf (365 Creative Exercises & Prompts, Day 1)

365 Days Of Creativity Challenge, Creative Exercises And Prompts, Creatives+ Creative Entrepreneurs, Over a cup of tea.. (Online Journal) / Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Welcome to Day 1 of the 365-Day Creativity Challenge. I am so excited to be here and doubly so to be sharing this year-long journey with you. This is our first day here and here are a couple of things that might be useful.

  1. You may want to work through the daily prompt in a dedicated journal. That way, at the end of the year, you’ll have a body of your creative work. Keep your journal and any art supplies with you. To be honest, I have started carrying them around in my handbag and it’s made me feel younger (ha!). I/you never know when inspiration is going to strike and we are going to be ready for it.
  2. My goal is to keep the prompts short so that finding time is not a barrier. At the end of every prompt, I will add a section that I am going to call Go For It where I will list more things you can do with the initial prompt.
  3. The ideas are a mix of drawing, writing, and visualizing as well as some experiential prompts. Draw a leaf/ Day 1/ 365 Days Of Creativity / Collectivitea

It’s fall in the Northern Hemisphere and everywhere there are leaves falling from the trees. Some of the trees are so tall that it feels like the leaves are fresh, brightly colored and crisply ironed blessings floating down to us. They fairly crackle with energy and the idea that blessings (masquerading as leaves) line the paths we walk on is one I love! Take a minute today for a closer look at these bearers of seasonal tidings and hidden blessings.

Draw a leaf/ Day 1/ 365 Days Of Creativity / CollectiviteaDay 1 Prompt: Draw a picture of a leaf. Use whatever you have available- pencils, crayons, markers or watercolors. See if you can replicate one that you see in your neighborhood.

Draw even if you don’t think you can. Draw whatever the season in your part of the world. Draw one leaf.


Go For It: 1.Now that you’ve drawn the leaf, fill the page with leaves. Make up designs for the leaves. Imagine the wildest leaves you can and draw them. Be flamboyant.

2. Press a leaf in your journal as a keepsake of Day 1 of your creative adventure.

Draw a leaf/ Day 1/ 365 Days Of Creativity / Collectivitea

My Day 1 prompt: I am not an artist but I always like drawing. The subjects are usually what a kindergartner would love- flowers, leaves, stick people, and houses. I tried drawing the lovely maple and oak leaves I picked up on my walk. And then I just let my inner leaf enthusiast take over!


Draw a leaf/ Day 1/ 365 Days Of Creativity / Collectivitea

My goal with this creativity challenge is to take time to do something that brings fun and joy. In addition, it’s a way to acknowledge and be grateful for wherever we are today. Have a wonderful day and I will see you tomorrow! To share what you are doing, please use the hashtag #ctea365 on social media and /or leave me a comment below. – Priya


Background: Welcome! We are now at Day 1 of the 365 Day Creativity Challenge, and I am excited and happy to have you here!  I use the terms ‘creative’, ‘creativity’  or ‘creative exercise’ very loosely. While they have very specific meanings within the art or business worlds, I define it as any activity that allows us to access an inner stillness. Where the mind’s incessant chatter decreases, and for that short period of time, we are in the presence of a magnificent quietude. Where we feel joyful and recharged as if accessing a powerful, bountiful source of imagination and ideas. It makes what we do- draw, write, paint, work in a science lab, dance, sing, play music, photography etc. etc.- a spiritual experience. It has nothing to do with talent and skill level, and everything to do with joy. Whether you take part in all 365 days, or 7, 21, or 30 days, or join us when you can, I hope you will take the time to relax, slow down, and be your joyous self! Want more details? You may want to read this introduction to the 365-Day Creativity Challenge. Just as a reminder, it really helps to have a dedicated journal or notebook because you will see  a continuous record of your creativity expanding and changing as you devote time to it every day. You will also be creating a year’s worth of creative work. As you work through the prompts, write down other things that strike you because you may want to revisit these ideas. Have a wonderful day and I will see you tomorrow! To share what you are doing, please use the hashtag #ctea365 on social media and /or leave me a comment below. – Priya

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