Thirty-one days and thirty-one CDAs (Creative Daily Acts) around the theme “The Bleak Mid-Winter.” When the theme was first revealed all I could remember was last year’s January with its countless grey days, low sky and lots and lots of snow. 2014 was much different – more sunshine with many ice cold days, but all around my outlook was much brighter.
I decided to make this challenge manageable to start with. I had quite a bit of teaching preparation ahead of me, and I was still a bit weary from all the travel and teaching during the latter part of 2013.
In early December my friend Colleen and I had participated in an introductory Zentangle class. Realizing that I had always doodled (even without the fancy trademark name) I chose some mixed media paper (equivalent to heavy watercolor paper), several fine-tipped black pens and a pencil. Best of all, I didn’t have to rush out and buy supplies. I set my watch most mornings to 15 minutes, and I am happy to share that 95 % of the CDAs above were completed in 15 minutes or less.
Yes, there were a few days where I had to catch up, or my CDA was not tackled till bedtime. But I never felt overwhelmed and pressured to spend time I didn’t really have.
And what would I have done if I didn’t complete all 31 CDAs? I would have posted the number I completed. Whether I create one or ten or thirty – the point is to do more and explore one’s creativity. One creative endeavor leads to another: I completed my Kantha bag, started to rewrite my Kantha Primer, continued work on a Kantha baby blanket (for a baby that was born last July…) and I explored my photography. Best of all I created a whole new set of handouts with brand new content for my Advanced Design classes in the studio.
Share your insights and experiences, and if you have not received your invitation to post your CDA images on Flickr, let me know and I will send out another invite. Your other option is: If you have a blog or website to post your images for sharing, insert the info in the comment section below. Don’t worry if it doesn’t show up right away. I often have to approve comments with links. I will approve your link as soon as I am done teaching today.
Welcome to February – are you bursting with ideas for the new theme? “FEVER” will sure stir the ol’ brain cells! Enjoy your weekend!