why is it that the shortest weeks always feel like the longest weeks? things have been in overdrive for me, between teaching, day jobbing, side hustling and general living… although i know it’s temporary it still has me feeling a little bit frazzled, for lack of a better word. when i get frazzled, i tend to overlook details, rush through jobs that require a bit more love and have a really hard time staying in the moment.
my solution? i’m going to to start a creative workout. what does a creative workout entail? well, it’s loosely defined for me right now but the goal is to get my brain working and start thinking and creating. it’ll be a mix of tackling my own personal projects (like sketching out ideas for new stationery lines) to participating in workshops (like camera ready). i’m also going to use my creative workout as a way to get myself out of my comfort zone. my design work has become a little too predictable for my liking lately, and nothing shakes that quite like trying a new technique or messing around with some charcoal.
here’s an initial list of my smaller, self-driven projects (i’m going to be adding to this list, i’m sure):
- have fun with watercolors
- draw something using charcoals
- linoleum block cut designs
- screen print something
- experiment with letterpress techniques
- hand letter a phrase (and then print it)
- try out calligraphy
- work on a creative DIY project
- create a hand-bound journal
- get back on dribbble and actually critique work
and now the list of the course-driven projects (i’m not holding myself to taking all of these, by any means… i would be broke if i attempted it!):
- camera ready
- hand lettering via skillshare
- intro to the laser cutter at as220
- stationery academy
- blogshop video
- offset printing at as220
- bookbinding at north bennet street school
i’m going to start off with this being a weekly endeavor of sorts but hope to see it become a more daily part of my life. i’ll be keeping track of my progress and projects via twitter/instagram and you can follow along with my #creativeworkout hashtag. in fact, feel free to participate yourself if you’re looking for a bit of a creative challenge… i’d love to see how you’d approach this project!