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10 artworks to spark your creativity
Personal artwork can spark your creativity. However, finding such designs can be difficult. Here are 10 adult projects that will spark your creativity and sense of fun, as well as set direction and achievement!
When the thought of painting or working in a studio fills you with anxiety or you feel overwhelmed, pull out this list. You'll have your art organized in no time.
#1 Choose a color and fill out the page
It is so simple. For this artwork, it's easiest to cover the page with objects drawn in black pencil or marker and fill in color (paints, marker, watercolor, collage paper - what else?).
The point is to find out how many red, blue, green or purple things come to mind and how creative you can be when it comes to adding the color of your choice.
Combine them all into an artistic collage and then fill them with a unifying color. This design is great for a gift!!
#2 Make a small copy of a famous painting
What works of art do you like living in a museum? Wouldn't it be great to have a version for yourself? Remember, this is NOT an invitation to start a forging career, but if you're going to look at the original photo for your next painting cycle, why not make it a project you'll love and emulate? Choose a famous Impressionist work or an AbEx painting and make a smaller version.
You will learn more than you think about how this master worked and discover where you could have created a masterpiece a little differently.
#3 Favorite network
The author of this artwork for adults is artist and writer Danny Gregory. It works best in a sketchbook, which is great because you can do it in bed, in front of the TV or in the park or even in a (safely parked) car. Start by thinking of your favorite breakfast, cars, book characters, hats, shoes or a type of flower.
Create a grid in your drawing block. Rows of neat boxes are marked with a black marker, waiting to be filled. Now draw a small thumbnail sketch in each frame according to the theme.
#4 Three sets of 20 minutes
Remember how much fun you had with relay races when you were a kid? Enter that feeling of being ready to go with a piece of art that you'll work on in three 20-minute sets.
+First, don't spend more than a minute (!) selecting the object, adjusting the horizon line and massaging large shapes and rough selection of shadow shapes. Be free, gesture, experiment. And set a timer for 20 minutes!
+Second explosion: Colour! Blend shapes from dark to light (or light to dark if that's better for your artwork!) and add textures and markings to give your objects visual interest - make it your own!
+Third and final explosion: You only have 20 minutes, but drop off your art supplies and tools first. Back off. What more could you want from this piece of art? Less than? What do you want to feel when you look at it? Keep that in mind and devote the rest of your time to that goal.
To explore all the dynamic ways we can use design to fill the pages of our books, watch this video made by the dynamite teacher herself, Gigi Chen. It's a great way to start a study session.
#5 Organize a creative collaboration event
Invite a handful or more of your friends to come and bring along a creative project. Knitters, writers, scrapbookers, artists - get them all together for an afternoon or weekend evening and just create together in the same place.
If all goes well, why not talk about collaboration? How do you combine your creative energy and create something fun and meaningful?
With these types of adult art projects, you can dare to create something you would never have imagined, and you can begin to develop another key element of creativity - sharing with others and expanding your artist network.
#6 Pointillist painting
Why would Seurat (or Yayoi Kusama) have so much fun? Take a still life or landscape composition and turn it into a dotted extravaganza. You can certainly use a brush to draw dots, but not changing strokes can be very tempting if you're using a regular brush. Solution? Use a handful of old pencils with their erasers intact.
#7 Mixed stripe Color across
It's all about experimenting and having fun, so don't use precious materials. Suitable for sketch or small pieces of paper.
Whether you're listening to vinyl, tape, or digital tracks, create five to eight of your favorite tracks. As each song plays, make marks and shapes and use colors that reflect what you hear and feel about the song.
Play your greatest hits list two or three times. Go from song (and page) to song in about an hour. At the end, you will receive a collection of small sketches to bring your favorite music to life.
#8 Start with a stray path
Take a pen or colored pencil and mark the paper or canvas. Better yet, have someone in or around your home make a label for you!
This label is the beginning of... what? Face profile? A vase with flowers; A winding river? Use your imagination and follow your intuition. What do you see? Use this as an opportunity to let your inner eye guide you.
#9 Spring, Winter, Summer, Autumn
This is a great project to do at the beginning of each season or when you say to yourself, "I really feel like___."
The whole idea is to create a quartet of works of equal length that practically sing the glory of the era. Mix in or stick to one - this seasonal mix-and-match idea is top notch.
ForSpring, it can be a garden, a vase of flowers, a rain shower and a still life of a bright yellow umbrella.
Lato? It could be a convertible on Highway 66, a sunrise on the beach, an iridescent still life, and a tropical oasis landscape.
BlockThese can be trees that change leaves. pumpkins, children going to school with colorful backpacks and a yellow bus on the road.
close it? Skaters in colorful scarves, footprints in the snow, holiday style still life and cozy interior with crackling fire.
#10 Make an abstract painting
Is it something you do often or never before? The abstract work works great as a warm-up with large, flowing gestures and lots of movement on and around the surface. It can also make you discover something about combining materials, unusual markings and effects, and realism doesn't have to be your goal.