Act 1: I did a thing!
I’m on a creative journey and, this year, I’ve challenged myself to 100 Acts of Creativity…
Right, yes, I did say I’d start in March, but hey, I couldn’t wait. I had ten minutes to spare and I found some paint in a box and thought, what would Andy do?
“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” – Andy Warhol
I’d had this image in my head of spreading blue paint onto a white tile with my finger in arcs. You’ll have to trust me, it looks brilliant. But I couldn’t find any blue paint, all my art stuff is spread all over the place at the moment. I rummaged around in a box and found some yellow paint. “OK”, I thought, “you’re not meant to put yellow on white, are you? So, let’s do that!”. I dropped the yellow onto the tile (more on why I had a tile laying around later). I put way too much on! It was going to be messy. I made a bit of a swirl with my finger. Super fun, instant satisfaction, this is the sort of thing only kids are allowed to do right? Wrong! After a bit I looked around for something else. “Orange! Oh no, this is going to look dreadful. What the hell?” As I started to mix it in from the centre, it actually didn’t look awful. I dropped a few spots on, who knows why. Then…”mirror effect spray!” I’ve been experimenting with that for another project. “Yeah, stick that on there too! OK, best leave it now” When is something like this finished? Who knows?
Within a few minutes I’d created something. I’m not sure whether this is the dodgy pancake at the start of the batch or the absolute pinnacle of my creative genius. But I know it’s a start. And, you know what? I’m actually quite proud of it.
But it’s not about me. You might be thinking…”that’s rubbish, I could do way better than that!”, “ooo that’s interesting”, “I like those colours”, even, “I couldn’t do that, I’m not creative”. Whatever the thought, I’d love my successes or failures, however you see them, to be inspiration to get you creating too. This tiny act of making, this mini experiment, was fun and made me feel great!
If you’ve been inspired by this, maybe think about coming along to an event or craft along with me. If you want an easy way to get the kit, there are some links below!
Just did it!
Making time - felt like 10 minutes.
Clean up time – Washed hands, 30 seconds.