Wednesday, June 1, 2011

June 1!

I can't believe today is June 1!?  (Where the heck does the time go?!)

Seeing time fly by so fast makes me realize I've been spinning my wheels and wasting entirely too much  time for a while now.  Maybe 'wasting time' isn't the right term -- I've had  so much on my mind that I've been trying to make sense of.  (Ever get in a 'circular' pattern of thinking?  So frustrating and it gets you nowhere...  AUUUUUGH!)

Anyway, since today IS June 1, I decided that it was time for me to begin anew AND begin a new project.  I've been intrigued by the book:  365: A Daily Creative Journal: Make Something Every Day and Change your Life! by Noah Scalin.  He's a Richmond, VA based artist/designer and the creator of the Webby award winning Skull-A-Day Project.  (If you haven't seen his website you should -- all the different types of skulls he created is simply fascinating!)

Anyway, his book is 'designed to help people reap the benefits of making a yearlong daily project' and this sounded like a good idea to me because:
  • I need to FOCUS (in general)
  • I need to focus on my creativity (because that truly IS the only thing that keeps me sane...)
  • I have a lot of arts/craft supplies (read: a LOT!)
  • I have a lot of UFOs (unfinished objects)
  • I have an Etsy store that is sadly in need of stocking -- I shouldn't really say 'restocking' because it has never been fully stocked.
  • I have an ArtFire shop that I've haven't done anything with...nothing!
  • I've heard it takes 21 days to break a bad habit -- or instill a good habit into your brain.  So 365 days should do it...  ;)

All of this adds up to my own version of the Skull-A-Day Project:  I'm going to create and COMPLETE something every day!:

My random, self-imposed rules:
  • I must (should!) use supplies I already own.
  • I'll post the items that I create on Etsy and ArtFire -- maybe not one a day though.  (Actually, it's a much better use of time to post a bunch of items all at once.)
  • Finishing an item counts --even if it's a small item.  :-)
  • 'Failures' count too.  If I create something that just doesn't quite 'make it', that's OK. The point of this is project open up my creative process/creative thinking and not be afraid to try something because it might not work.  It just MIGHT, right?
I'm not sure what the name of this project is but that's not really important right now. (Any suggestions?! :)  Like any creative project, it's a work in progress...

More soon!
~Heather



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