Well our very first One Creative Week is now over, and you know what? I sort of miss it already! A full week with one creative goal – to make a collage every day. It didn’t have to be big. In fact, Danielle purposely worked small so that she could work the challenge into what turned out to be a very busy week for her (plus, a cold, boo!) I worked a bit larger and was surprised at all the old feelings of perfectionism and fear that sprung up – reminders that what I was doing was good and needed.
But the thing I loved most about the week was the community. My nearly-4-year-old son who joined me each day at the table to sit, cut, and paste for a bit (that’s his work up above!) The hundreds of folks who signed up to receive our daily prompts and inspiration. And the many creative spirits that joined in and shared their work with us over on Instagram and Facebook. That shared their struggles and triumphs. That let us into their lives – and for that, for all of it, we felt oh-so lucky. So we wanted to share some of those beautiful and thoughtful pieces with you today.
The first prompt of the week was LANDSCAPE. It was fascinating to see how different people interpreted this prompt. Indeed it was a struggle for me to think beyond knee-jerk image of gently rolling hills and big sky.
WORDS was the most effortless of the prompts for me, perhaps surprisingly. I love how the use of words amongst participants either told the whole story, gave context to the image, or spoke to a deeper truth.
PATTERN was a fun and tricky prompt. I was envisioning a very formal, strict pattern, so naturally I love that folks went in the opposite direction with patterns from nature, or the patterns within patterns (or the awesome cutting a sewing pattern from a paper pattern!)
Our fourth prompt was COLOR and again, it didn’t disappoint. There were a couple of color wheels made from stamps (oh that collection!) and flowers. There was the saturated jewel-toned colors with the hilarious lady leaping in, and the absence of color except for the ruby-red grapefruit and turquoise of the sea. This was one of my favorite days, for sure!
We saved the PORTRAIT prompt for the end since it was the most challenging. In fact, I ended up making two portraits, one of which remains unfinished (not that I haven’t tried, it’s just not…working.) Some participants took the portrait prompt literally and created in their likeness, or that of another. Others took it more figuratively, incorporating words and images that made up the whole. It was a most beautiful end to the week!
Another delightful part of the week were the images that rolled in of the process of collage making. The invitations to collage set up for little ones. The glue and scraps of paper in the midst of creation. And the lovely framed collage, already hung (be still, our hearts! Now that’s how to elevate your own art!!)
What We Made
Finally, I wanted to take a moment to share all 5 of each of our collages for the week. Each one a labor of love and, more importantly, dedication. To perseverance to create, no matter what the day held. Each a reminder that it is possible to take the time each day to sit and create.
Did you miss our first One Creative Week? Not to worry – you can sign up now so that you’re ready to create with us come January 2016 (with some fun mini-challenges sent out in the meantime between now and then!)
Also, keep an eye on our shop – we will be listing previous One Creative Week challenges as self-run courses so that you can do it whenever it works best for you. The #onecreativeweek hashtag will remain active and we are always checking to see new work. Yay!