I recently bought a pretty awesome book. In fact, I’d say it’s the best book I’ve bought in the past few years. (That I remember) It’s called “Unstuck: 52 Ways to get and keep your creativity flowing” by Noah Scalin. Mr. Scalin is an artist and teacher at VCU. The object of the book is to help you get “Creatively Unstuck.” We all get in ruts. We usually want to get out of the rut, but aren’t sure how to do it. Mr. Scalin suggests that the best way to get the creative juices flowing is to take a break from what’s stumping you and do something completely different and creative. His book includes everything from 30 second googly eye projects to multi-hour projects using found art. Upon buying the book, I immediately flipped to the back to look at all of the big projects. I poured over the urban alphabet project and photo safari and thought, “this would be so amazing if…” Then, I remembered that I’m a mom who works a full time job and if I have time to do those projects, then I should have time to fold the laundry. So, I flipped right back to the 30 second project and got to work.
The first project I jumped on was called “Eye Spy.” The basic jist of it is to make a pair of eyes (googly, sketched, etc) and put them on stuff to make faces. That’s it. It seemed pretty straightforward to me, but I couldn’t figure out why it would help me get unstuck. In my opinion, it didn’t take a lot of creativity to stick some eyes on a pole or a wall. I was so wrong. It wasn’t the actual pictures I was taking that helped me get creative. It was the FUN I had while doing it. By the time I had 3 or 4 pictures of school equipment with eyes, I was ready to go back to my desk and get to work. The physical results- you can see below. Some are hilarious and some are just ordinary. But, mentally? I’m ready to take on a web design project!
Do yourself a favor and go get this book. I think they have a few copies at Chop Suey in RVA. Or you can just go make some googly eyes and stick them on things.