Act 9: Mother's Day Doodle


I’m on a creative journey and, this year, I’ve challenged myself to 100 Acts of Creativity

It’s Mother’s day on Sunday so what better time to blog about some mum inspired creativity?  I’m proud to come from a really creative family.  Music has always been our main passion, but we all love pretty much anything creative, the theatre, art, poetry, dancing, the list goes on.  Over the past few weeks I’ve been talking to Mum a fair bit about how I really want everyone to feel like they have innate creativity within them.  Mum’s general response…  “Great yeah brilliant, how exciting...  Not me though”.  To me I just can’t understand how a person who is so clearly creative is so frightened of putting brush to paper.  I know she can do it though!  I’ve seen it!  Mum has a little arty secret.  She doodles!  I vividly remember over the years watching while mum talked on the telephone, in the eyes of an 8-year-old, for several hours at a time.  And presumably to escape the tedium, she would sit with a notepad and pen doodling.  One thing I remember in particular was that she would draw loads of boxes and fill some of them in.  She wouldn’t say that this was arty but I’m not so sure.  Anyhow, that’s what inspired today’s arty art thing.

Doodling has come into my life again whist I’ve been researching creativity.  I’ve been trying to doodle more as it helps me to stay mindful and present in the moment.  Some think that if people doodle in meetings it helps them to listen better and absorb what’s being discussed!  I also think that, in a world where we’re less and less likely to pick up a pen or pencil than bash a keyboard, it reinforces the fine motor skills that we’ve all probably lost since school!  On top of all that, doodling gives us space to play.  There are no rules, you can scribble, write, draw, shade, whatever.  And it’s another way we can be creative wherever we are.  Grab a pencil and scrap paper and you’re away.  It’ll power your creativity.

Thanks Mum for supporting play and creativity in my early life and to this day.  And, by the way, please pick up a paint brush and make some marks!  It’s fun!  If not, this goes for everyone, have a go at the thirty circles challenge.  Show it off, chuck it in the bin or give it to your mum.  Enjoy!

If you need more encouragement to pick up a pencil, please take a look at Pop-Up Craft Club!  We have one going now at GROW@GreenPark and are looking for other venues.  Let us know if you’d like us to hold one near you!