Remember when you were a kid, and most days had art time built right in? And you were always trying new things, and even if you were terrible it didn’t matter? Well, I’ve got some good news for you: you can have that again right now! There is no reason to ever stop doing art.
It’s ok if you can’t think of an original thing to do. You weren’t the first kid ever to trace your hand onto construction paper and make a turkey, either. Your library has all the inspiration you need to wake up your creative side.
Drawing and Painting Animals with Expression by Marjolein Kruijt
If you’re looking for a bigger challenge, this book may be for you. Learn to capture Fluffy, Spot, or Seabiscuit’s personality in your portraits. Be advised this book does seem to be for the experienced artist. I spent most of the time staring blankly at it thinking “But how make picture… good?” That’s ok, though. Give it a try anyway, and if you don’t like your paintings, just tear them up.
Making Mosaics by Sally Henry and Trevor Cook
No, really! Tear or cut your paintings into pieces and turn them into even better art. All you need is bits of colored paper, glue, cardboard, shells, fabric… anything that can be glued down is good for mosaics. This book has instructions for portraits, planters, mirrors, picture frames, boxes, and on and on. It’s so easy!
Mug Cakes : Chocolate : Ready in 2 Minutes in the Microwave! by Sandra Mahut
Have you ever seen a sand mandala? It’s basically a piece of art created with sand. It’s there for only a moment, and then it’s dismantled. Those who were there to see it had an experience that can’t be fully described to those who weren’t. Which brings us to cooking – if you ask me, it’s much the same. The mug cake is perhaps one of the most ephemeral treats, a deeply private experience between you, the artist, and you, the consumer. Create a masterpiece just for yourself by following the recipes exactly – or indulge your playful, creative side by adding random things and seeing what happens.
Hollywood Beauty by Laura Slater
What? I assure you, your face is art. Your hair is art. The colors and shapes you choose, the drama of the light and shadow… it’s all art. Turn yourself into an exhibition of Old Hollywood glamour and go out on the town, or just stay home and enjoy a front row seat to your own one-person show. If, like me, you don’t wear makeup, there’s always Olivia de Havilland’s All-Over Skin Care Routine to turn you into a walking piece of performance art!
I hope this has inspired you to make some good art. How can you tell if your art is good? Well, did you have a nice time making it? Did you forget your problems for a while? Then it’s good art. Be proud! Hang it on the refrigerator, post it online, or just admire it.
Now get out there and art some art!