This time last year I resolved to do 15 minutes of creativity every day for the year, and it seems to be a good day to look back on it. (N.b. I started this post on New Year’s Day, hence that statement, but I had some network issues, so put it off till now.)
Overall, the resolution was a good one. It got me to be a lot more active, and helped me realise what you can do in even a little time, or when you are away from home, with a bit of prior planning.
I managed it until about December 10th (even though I got behind and eventually stopped updating you lovely readers), which is about 343 out of 365 days of creating (That’s 94% of the way to my target, maths fans!) I’m proud of the achievement. I wish I had managed to get all the way through December, but towards the end of the month my work got very busy, meaning at times I was too tired to pick up a pencil! I did knit on and off through the month, finishing 4 knitted hats for my nieces and nephews, but not every day involved creating.
The project was very good because it pushed me to try new things, including image manipulation, printing on fabric with the inkjet printer, working in sketchbooks, trying new media including gelatos, various paints, and a foray this week into charcoal with an alcohol wash.
However, due in part to moving house, and general busy-ness, there were some days when all I did was very simple, and not very purposeful, and other days I ended up sat in bed colouring in my sketchbook at 11:45 while my husband tried to sleep! They weren’t the greatest of outputs.
My husband was very supportive, making time for me to do my activities, and cheering me on.
This year I also did a wonderful 3 day stitch retreat with Hilary Beattie, as well as three excellent Embroiderers’ Guild day schools – a day learning about all sorts of paint and media with Viv from Art Van Go, making Textile Tag Books with Sngie Hughes, and monoprinting with Sarah Burgess. These were all good opportunities to learn more skills and have time creating with friends.
I still haven’t worked out exactly what form I want this year’s creativity to take. I know I want to carry on creating daily, but with the opportunity to take a day off now and again (e.g. After a full day of work, and an after work meeting).
I think I need to do more printing on fabric, and building into this with stitch – the second Hilary Beattie stitch retreat I have just been to has cemented that desire. I also want to take more of my edited images, print them and add stitch – these two things go well together. I have enjoyed working in my long sketchbook, and almost filled two sketchbooks. I’ve got two more blank ones at home, which I’d like to fill before the year is out.
So I think I’d like to better integrate stitch and printed work, and carry on developing sketchbooks. I am also contemplating doing the Quilters Guild journal quilt challenge, just as a target each month, rather than something to do and submit to them.
I want to get back to regular blogging, too!