Simple Ways to Add Creativity to Everyday Life
- Nancy Arnold
- May 14, 2013
Although a lot of us have creative tendencies, we may tend to separate our crafty habits from the rest of our lives. We paint in a studio or on a computer, we nurture our flower gardens, and we knit scarves and hats for gifts, but we don’t really let our art affect our work, or other areas of our lives. This of course, is not the point of art at all. It is meant to enhance our life, not be separate from it. Below are some ways that you can incorporate creativity into your everyday activities in order to spread the joy of art to the people around you.
Brighten Things Up
A great way to break up the monotony of everyday life is to add a splash of color to everyday things. This can be accomplished in many different ways. If you are in an office, changing the color scheme of memos, spreadsheets, or even office supplies can be a nice change of pace. Of course you’ll want to keep things professional, but making things look nice does not have to be wild.
Adding plants to an office environment not only adds color, but helps provide a healthy atmosphere for creative thinking.
Go Out of Your Way
This piece of advice can be taken in several different ways. You can physically go out of your way by changing your daily route and routine. Do things in a different order than you usually do. Drive to work using the back roads. You may see things in a new light, and that can spark a ton of creativity.
You can also go out of your way to make others feel appreciated. Whether it is bringing in coffee for the person who sits next to you at work or just telling a coworker they look nice, small gestures can change someone’s day. Use those little odds and ends you’ve been keeping forever to make cute little gifts for those who may feel underappreciated at work. Send a quick personalized card or anything you might design to show someone that you are glad to have them in your life. Whatever you do, personalize it. Think about how you can use this item or message to communicate with the person who is receiving it.
Be Your Art
One of the best ways to share your work is to display it. The best way to display it is to have it with you all the time. If you make purses, scarves, or clothes, or something that can go on any of those, wear them! The same goes for jewelry. Pieces that you create are completely original. This means that people are likely to notice them. This may result in people asking you to make things for them, or in conversations about crafts that they do.
If you make decorations, bring some to the office. If you paint, see about hanging some of your work in the hallways at work. Many offices will be happy to add a splash of color to the walls.
Your art is not just a part of your life; you are your art. The more you incorporate your creativity into all aspects of your life, the truer you are being to yourself. Also, you will get more practice with your designs and crafts, which can only lead to greater skill.
Can you think of ways that you use your passion for creativity in your day to day activities?
Nancy Arnold is a graphic artist and writer, with a particular focus on producing romantic and beautiful designs for online invitations. When she isn’t working, her time is spent trying to build the perfect model ship.
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