Create Something Cool - 30 Day Challenge
Challenge: Make Something Every Day for a Month (or a Year!)
You don't have to be an artist, a sculptor, a writer, a chef or a tailor to take up this challenge. You don't have to be clever with your hands or a wizz-kid on a sewing machine. You don't have to be an intellectual or an inventor. You don't have to be a crafter, a scrapbooker, a baker or a candle maker. You don't have to have any talent in anything at all. All you need is enthusiasm, a camera and a blog, or some other means of documenting your progress.
This page will help you get inspired to make something every day.
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I Want to Make Something! How Does it Work?
The challenge is to make one thing every single day for a month. Every day. Okay, every day within reason; there are obviously somewhens that prevent you from being creative. For instance, there was no way I could face my daily challenge when our cat was hit by a car the other week. He's fine, btw, and I did make a journal page the next day, asking the universe to make him well again. If you are upset or terribly busy or away from home, then put the challenge to one side and simply extend the 30 days to take care of it.
Why choose a theme? Having a theme to your project gives it continuity and encourages you to explore many more options. There's nothing to stop you going off-theme now and then, but it really is better to stay on target.
So I make something... then what? Each day, you make it, photograph or scan it and upload it to a blog or perhaps a Hub page like this one. The website "Make Something 365" will allow you to share your project there but only if you are doing the year-long version. Or how about making a short YouTube video to record your progress? Alternatively, you don't have to share your creations with anyone. Perhaps you could keep a photographic journal record or simply write it down in a book.
Why would I want to do this? So many reasons! To learn something, to expand your skills, to get into the habit of making, to explore new ideas, to get your brain working, to achieve a goal, to unlock your creativity, to tune into your right-brain hemisphere, to have something to look forward to, to impress your friends, to express yourself... there are many more, I'm sure but the main one is to have fun!
My Personal Challenge - Make an Altered Book
My own challenge began when I bought 365: A Creativity Journal by Noah Scalin. I loved the idea of making something every day. I loved that it could take 5 minutes or five hours. I loved the challenge. At first I thought I would do a Zentangle a day and draw them in the book - there is space for you to record your 'makes' each day. However, being used to working in art journals, I didn't really like the look of them on the page. So I decided that I would alter the book itself. I would make use of what was there and then try to create a complete new page or a background every day.
After several days, I realized that it might be impractical to restrict myself to working in the book so I do allow myself to record any other 'creative achievement'. For example, I made a quilt for a friend's daughter's birthday, so that was the blog entry for that day. If I make a beautiful cake (unlikely), then that might be the entry for that day. I'm not going to beat myself up for not sticking (s'cuse collage pun) to the book exclusively - besides, I'm going to run out of pages long before the year is up.
Ideas to Inspire Creativity
You Can Easily Make Something Every Day!
Collect your junk mail and make a ten-minute collage.
Take selfies and turn them into a Mini-Me paper doll. Put the doll in a different place and take a snapshot.
Try a new-to-you recipe every day. Upload the recipe to a blog like this one. The film Julie & Julia was based on a woman, Julie, who set herself the challenge of making all of Julia Child's recipes, all 524 of them in 365 days. You could limit yourself to cookies or bread or simply the family meal. There is endless inspiration on the internet or take your cue from Julie and work through a book - personally I would choose Nigella or Jamie.
Write a poem. Try haiku, or a simple ditty. Put it on the fridge using magnetic letters. Take a photo, upload it. NaPoWriMo is held in April but you can set yourself this challenge any month of the year.
Draw a face - a different one every day.
Marieke crochets a daily flower and pins them around her city, then photographs them with her phone. If that's too much, then stick to a blog.
Restrict yourself to one material, such as paperclips or paper or string. Placing restrictions on your daily creations helps you to think way outside the box.
Hang a stick from a tree with a daily message. Make it pretty with pebbles and feathers. Change the message and alter the decoration slightly every day. It doesn't matter if it gets taken, simply make a new one.
Take a daily photo of a tree in your garden - document the changing seasons, take macro shots of leaves and bark. Hang stuff in it (see previous suggestion). Get family and friends to pose in front of it. Draw a picture of it. Paint colorful card birds and arrange them artfully in the branches. Make imitation fruit, flowers, nuts. Oh you could do lots with this one!
More ideas further down the page.
365: A Creativity Journal - Noah Scalin
This is the book that started my self-inflicted, create-something-each-day challenge. For a year.
Be aware that it is a journal, so has a lot of empty space to record your 'makes'. There are daily prompts that suggest unusual and innovative ideas for your creations, though you are free to mix, match or ignore completely. There are also examples of what other people decided to focus on for their challenges and projects. Noah Scalin's own self-challenge was to create a skull a day. He drew skulls, knitted a skull, made a huge one out of black and white video tapes, he made them out of food, made them on the floor, carved one.... you get the idea.
You don't need this book for your 30-day challenge but it might help you define, focus and spark some ideas.
Daily Creativity Links & Blogs
Noah Scalin's website
A Year of Slow Cooking starting with 60 hotdogs.
Inventing Trees: Making A Paper Doll A Day
The original Julie Julia Project
365 Project Photography blog.
Clouds 365 Project Blog
High Existence: 30 Challenges for 30 Days.
Themed chapters, personal mythologies, connections, relationships, symbols and more.
More Ideas for Making Something
One of These Might Inspire You to Greatness!
Take a photo of yourself every day in a different outfit.
Make a drawing from an inkblot. Repeat for 30 days.
Post a Twitter rhyme.
Look for something interesting on the ground while you are out and about (or in your house), photograph it and write a creative sentence about it.
Photograph the sky from your yard and describe it.
Change your hairstyle every day.
Write a 50 word story.
Make a plasticene model using the same lump of plasticene each time. OR make a polymer clay model - how about a clay heart every day? By the end of the month you'll have a lovely collection to hang on a twig tree.
Paint a pebble animal or a stone cottage.
Wear an unexpected object as jewelry - be imaginative, look for found treasures.
Draw a daily Zentangle.
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Photo courtesy of Ross-Elliot under a Creative Commons license.
"Imagination is the key to creativity. Take all the possibilities you've ever noticed and weave them together." ~ Abe-Hicks.