Today/tomorrow, depending on where in the world you are, is a Taurus full moon. A perfect inspiration for Day 3 of the 365-Day Creativity Challenge! This is what we are going to do today to tap into our creativity. We are going to create a paper collage depicting the Full Moon. Get your old magazines and catalogs out and let’s get started. We are going to cut paper shapes and we are going to glue it into our journal (or whatever you are using). Visualize the full moon rising serenely over the mountains, the ocean, the city buildings, or golden fields. Choose one or choose all. See how the moon glows. How close it seems, almost as if you can reach out and touch it. You are going to depict its beauty and power in the paper collage you are making. Make the paper collage picture as simple or as detailed as you want it. Make it as vivid as you imagine it. Maybe the moon in your collage is polka- dotted or striped. Maybe there are flying horses around it. Is there one moon or many? The sky is the limit!
Day 3 Prompt: Create a paper collage depicting the full moon. What is the moon rising over? Is there a city, a house, a garden, mountains, or the ocean? Are there birds? Are people watching it rise? Cut paper shapes and glue them to create a collage of how you visualize the full moon.
Go For It: Make up a 10 sentence story to go with your picture. What is the place you have depicted in the collage? Does it have people? Who are they?
My Day 3 Prompt: If you have kids, you’ve probably read them books by the artist and writer Eric Carle. You probably know his book The Hungry Caterpillar. When I was thinking of this prompt, I thought of his other book, Dream Snow. It’s a simple, lovely story and the illustrations are beautiful. In the book, the night is colored an indigo blue and the image of the snow against the backdrop of that intense blue has always stayed with me. I used to read it to my kids when they were really young and I enjoyed it as much ( if not more!) as they did. It remains one of our all-time favorites and even now, if I mention it to my 18-year-old, he will remember it easily with a smile. A precious memory. That blue was the inspiration for my collage.
I want to thank you for taking part in this challenge with me. I am so honored to be part of this adventurous and curious community. My sister suggested getting kids to pursue their own creativity challenge if they are interested. Whether you explore your creativity by yourself or in the company of loved ones, do take time for some reflection. Just as a reminder, if you have a dedicated journal or notebook, it really helps because you will see your creativity expand and change 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
Background: Welcome! We are now at Day 3 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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