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Entries in Creative Thinking Challenge (31)

Sunday
Dec012013

Creative Thinking Prompt #29

In the “Grow Creativity!” article, Candace Hackett Shively shares four aspects of creativity: fluency, flexibility, originality, and elaboration. This article had me hooked from the beginning:

The world needs creative thinkers, scientists, engineers, leaders, and contributing workers. yet research repeatedly shows creativity is schooled out of us. 

The Creative Thinking Challenge prompts focus on areas in all of these aspects and use ideas inspired by many different sources.

I would love for you to participate …

  • even if you don’t think you are very creative
  • the point of these prompts is to get the creative juices flowing 
  • even if that only means letting small ideas begin to trickle out

I find that I get lots of new ideas from looking at the things others have done … and I bet we all interpret the prompts in unique ways.

The best part is that you get to choose how you want to respond to this prompt. And there is no deadline. Prompts are posted at the beginning and middle of each month (most of the time)!

(I post past prompts on the Creative Thinking tab at the top of my blog)

If you have an idea for a Creative Thinking Prompt, please let me know!

Creative Thinking Prompt: Traditions with a Twist

Traditions are a common theme around this time of year …

At least they are for me

Why does Creative Thinking come to mind when I think of Traditions?

What do you think of when you think about traditions?

I guess a tradition is something that happens at the same time of year (normally around a holiday) …

But even though it happens on a regular basis, it doesn’t always have to be the same ..

Growing up, I remember the family gathering at my grandparent’s house on Christmas Eve afer we attended the Moravian Lovefeast. We brought food and just snacked while we talked and the kids opened gifts.

The Christmas after my grandfather passed away, I don’t think my grandmother wanted to do the same thing. My dad was in the hospital that Christmas awaiting surgery the day after Christmas. In all the chaos that was happening around me, I felt like I needed some normal … some tradition.

I decided to open up my house for Christmas Even the next year for the family … it was still that tradition but only in a new way.

I normally (I guess traditionally) fix mashed potatoes when family comes over for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Even though I fix the same thing, I like to try making it in different ways …

One year I used my Pampered Chef Deep Covered Baker in the microwave (I call it the Magic Pot) and added a bit of cauliflower using the Hungry Girl recipe (which is soooo not me) …

This year I looked at a Pioneer Woman recipe and used the ingredients she listed, but when I tried to follow the recipe exactly, I found that I did not have a potato masher handy, so I changed up the steps to make it work for what I had …

In some ways that could be seen as tradition but in a new/slightly altered way …

I love Christmas decorations …

And I have lots and lots …

Decorating the tree and trying to make it look just right has been somewhat of a tradition for me …

This year my 7 year old daughter was so excited about the tree and the decorations that I decided to let her do it all …

I said that last year too but I went back and rearranged things a little after she went to bed …

I sat and watched this year with a promise to myself that I will not go behind her and change it …

I think it is a reflection of my daughter and her excitement …

There is another new tradition or a tradition with a new twist …

So that is the Creative Thinking Challenge ..

Do a tradition with a twist …

Start a new tradition …

Friday
Nov152013

Creative Thinking Prompt #28

Where has this month gone?

I let the first of the month slip by without posting a new Creative Thinking Prompt …

I thought about it and then just didn’t do it …

Then I decided to just let myself off and post the next one in the middle of the month rather than to feel guilty.

So here it is!

In the “Grow Creativity!” article, Candace Hackett Shively shares four aspects of creativity: fluency, flexibility, originality, and elaboration. This article had me hooked from the beginning:

The world needs creative thinkers, scientists, engineers, leaders, and contributing workers. yet research repeatedly shows creativity is schooled out of us. 

The Creative Thinking Challenge prompts focus on areas in all of these aspects and use ideas inspired by many different sources.

I would love for you to participate …

  • even if you don’t think you are very creative
  • the point of these prompts is to get the creative juices flowing 
  • even if that only means letting small ideas begin to trickle out

I find that I get lots of new ideas from looking at the things others have done … and I bet we all interpret the prompts in unique ways.

The best part is that you get to choose how you want to respond to this prompt. And there is no deadline. Prompts are posted on the 1st and 15th of each month!

(I post past prompts on the Creative Thinking tab at the top of my blog)

If you have an idea for a Creative Thinking Prompt, please let me know!

Creative Thinking Prompt: Fill the page with words…

I have started a new project this week …

I have put something on a page in a sketchbook every day this week.

One night, I made dots with paint.

One night, I used a blue marker and drew rectangles.

Another night I traced a cup to create overlapping ircles on the page and then I chose to color some blocks and leave some white.

Right now I don’t have a plan for what will end up in the book each day …

I just do something ..

Yesterday, I started looking at the first few pages of Creative Artist: A fine artist’s guide to expanding your creativity by Nita Leland. Phrases and words on the first few pages really jumped out at me and made me think …

So I wrote those words on a page in my sketchbook …

And then I kept adding words and phrases that I found or thought based on what I read. Some words are thick, some thin, some straight, some at angle, some fit together, and some stand out!

I just kept adding

And then I added a few lines and circles

Just because

And I really like the way it turned out

So my Creative Thinking Prompt for you this time is to fill the page with words …

You can choose to do that in any way you want.

I am making myself take time each day, even if only a few minutes, to put something down on paper …

When I made myself write a little on my blog every night one week, I did not always know what I was going to write, but I just started and then things seemed to flow …

I am trying that approach now with my sketchbook …

What are you going to do?

How are you going to interpret this prompt?

My advice …

Just let go and do something!

Tuesday
Oct152013

Creative Thinking Prompt #27

In the “Grow Creativity!” article, Candace Hackett Shively shares four aspects of creativity: fluency, flexibility, originality, and elaboration. This article had me hooked from the beginning:

The world needs creative thinkers, scientists, engineers, leaders, and contributing workers. yet research repeatedly shows creativity is schooled out of us. 

The Creative Thinking Challenge prompts focus on areas in all of these aspects and use ideas inspired by many different sources.

I would love for you to participate …

  • even if you don’t think you are very creative
  • the point of these prompts is to get the creative juices flowing 
  • even if that only means letting small ideas begin to trickle out

I find that I get lots of new ideas from looking at the things others have done … and I bet we all interpret the prompts in unique ways.

The best part is that you get to choose how you want to respond to this prompt. And there is no deadline. Prompts are posted on the 1st and 15th of each month!

(I post past prompts on the Creative Thinking tab at the top of my blog)

If you have an idea for a Creative Thinking Prompt, please let me know!

Creative Thinking Prompt: And the stage is yours…

Imagine that you wake up one day and are suddenly a featured speaker at a conference …

Your session will last 90 minutes …

There will be about 200 people in your session …

What are you going to do?

What type of conference is it?

Will there be audience pariticipation?

Will you be the only one on the stage?

Will there be music? visuals? handouts?

Who will be in the audience?

How will the room be arranged? decorated?

YOU are the one determining the answers to these questions …

:)

Tuesday
Oct012013

Creative Thinking Prompt #26

In the “Grow Creativity!” article, Candace Hackett Shively shares four aspects of creativity: fluency, flexibility, originality, and elaboration. This article had me hooked from the beginning:

The world needs creative thinkers, scientists, engineers, leaders, and contributing workers. yet research repeatedly shows creativity is schooled out of us. 

The Creative Thinking Challenge prompts focus on areas in all of these aspects and use ideas inspired by many different sources.

I would love for you to participate …

  • even if you don’t think you are very creative
  • the point of these prompts is to get the creative juices flowing 
  • even if that only means letting small ideas begin to trickle out

I find that I get lots of new ideas from looking at the things others have done … and I bet we all interpret the prompts in unique ways.

The best part is that you get to choose how you want to respond to this prompt. And there is no deadline. Prompts are posted on the 1st and 15th of each month!

(I post past prompts on the Creative Thinking tab at the top of my blog)

If you have an idea for a Creative Thinking Prompt, please let me know!

Creative Thinking Prompt: A Smelly Photograph?!?!?!??

If I asked you to draw, take a picture of, or even write about something RED, you could do that …

Did you just think of a red object?

But what if you were asked to draw, take a picture of, or write about something not as concrete ….

Could you do it?

What would you do?

That is the challenge this time!

You can interpret this in any way you want ...

Go as far as you want …

Or stick close …

I got this idea from a page in Caffeine for the Creative Mind  called How Do You Photography Smelly …

 

If someone told you to grab a digital camera and shoot a picture of a pencil, you’d know exactly what to do, wouldn’t you? You’d find a pencil and photograph it.  Pretty straightforward.

But what if someone told you to take a picture of “bored.”

Now what do you shoot?

No, not yourself. 

You would have to first give “bored” a physical feature, then find something that represented that feature.

Your task is to do just that, but with a twist.

Choose one of the words below and take sixteen digital photographs that characterize that word:

  • flight
  • think
  • agressive
  • joy
  • successful
  • tedious
  • loud

Think of the personificaion of the word as well as the abstract concept of the meaning.

 

Hmmm …. I wonder which one I will choose from that list …

If you get inspired from this prompt, I would love to see what happens so let me know!

 

Sunday
Sep012013

Creative Thinking Prompt #24

Wow! I began the Creative Thinking Prompts exactly one year ago today!

I admit that even I have not tried all the prompts so far but I do enjoy finding ideas and sharing them just in case ….

And you never know what is going to make a difference …

Or provide that extra little push …

Or that new way to look at an idea …

I know I keep going back to the same article as inspiration, but …

In the “Grow Creativity!” article, Candace Hackett Shively shares four aspects of creativity: fluency, flexibility, originality, and elaboration. This article had me hooked from the beginning:

The world needs creative thinkers, scientists, engineers, leaders, and contributing workers. yet research repeatedly shows creativity is schooled out of us. 

The Creative Thinking Challenge prompts focus on areas in all of these aspects and use ideas inspired by many different sources.

I would love for you to participate …

  • …. even if you don’t think you are very creative
  • …. the point of these prompts is to get the creative juices flowing 
  • …. even if that only means letting small ideas begin to trickle out

I find that I get lots of new ideas from looking at the things others have done … and I bet we all interpret the prompts in unique ways.

The best part is that you get to choose how you want to respond to this prompt. And there is no deadline. Prompts are posted on the 1st and 15th of each month!

(I post past prompts on the Creative Thinking tab at the top of my blog)

If you have an idea for a Creative Thinking Prompt, please let me know!

Creative Thinking Prompt: Let the Letters Lead …

Image from HillaryIsHappy blogDo you remember how you learned the alphabet?

You probably learned the song ….

Do you still sing that song to yourself at times?

I admit that I do when I am putting something in alphabetic order! :)

Alphabet letters are all around us!

I love the look of alphabet letters … 

Especially in different fonts, colors, and styles!

(I even have a pinterest board called Ideas with Letters)

So you can probably guess that the letters of the alphabet play a role in this Creative Thinking Prompt!

Looking through a copy of Caffeine for the Creative Mind, I came across a title in the index that inspired my curiosity …

Where Is That “Q” I’ve Been Saving?

Are you wondering what I found when I turned to that page?

How well do you know your own personal workspace? You’re about to find out! Using a digital camera, tale a picture of each letter of the alphabet on things ONLY in your current space. Each letter MUST be from a different object. You can move objects to reveal lettering, or maybe even create lettering!

So the prompt this time is to read what I found on that page and create …

If you want to see that as a list of instructions to follow exactly, then do that …

If you want to interpret that idea in a way that is uniquely your own, then do that …

The goal is to get you to do some CREATIVE THINKING! :)

Even if you don’t think you are creative …