Summer Creativity Challenge – Week Two

#SummerCreativityChallenge

Week Two

How are things going? Are you getting your 15 minutes in each day? If something comes up that you happen to miss a day, don’t sweat it, just get back on track the next day.

#SummerCreativityChallenge

I’ve been spending my #SummerCreativityChallenge time alternating between experimenting with different additives to translucent Pardo polymer clay and another project that I’m not ready to share yet. For the pastel colored petals, I added PRO-TEC powder paints. For the other piece (maybe a pendant), I tinted the translucent clay with Swellegant dye. I then chopped it into tiny pieces and combined it with chopped up pieces of opaque black, brown and gold.

This Week

  1. Spend 15 minutes each day on a creative activity (this can be anything…coloring, doodling, playing with clay, painting, etc.). Keep track by marking off one of the squares on your chart for each 15 minutes you spend on a creative activity. If you spend 30 minutes one day, mark off two squares. If you fill in your chart before the 30 days is up, print another chart and keep going.
  2. Share your results each Wednesday by using #SummerCreativityChallenge. Accountability is a great motivator. Invite a friend to join you and hold each other accountable.

Tips and Tricks to make the most of your creative time:

*Always carry a notepad or have a note-taking or drawing app on your phone. Time spent waiting for appointments can be used to write down or sketch ideas.

*With only 15 minutes, you more than likely won’t finish a project in one sitting, this is a good thing. It’s so much easier to get into the flow if you’re sitting down to a work in progress than it is sitting down to a clean workspace. A totally clean work space is the equivalent of the dreaded blank page for writers.

*Keep adding to your list of ideas and always know what you want to work on next.

*Print out some free coloring pages to have on hand for those days when you just don’t feel like doing anything else. Click here for a website that has links to some free printable coloring pages.

Remember, it takes 21 days to successfully build a new habit. By completing the 30 day challenge you are well on your way to making creativity a habit.

You can still join in by signing up here.

July Challenge Theme Entry #1

July Challenge Entry Beth Sullivan

Artist: Beth Sullivan, D.O.

URL: Beth is currently working on rebuilding her stock of jewelry and home decor items after her first ever craft fair so that she can open an Etsy shop. When she does, I’ll post the link.

About the Artist/Entry: Beth shared these beautiful Steampunk polymer clay magnets and pins for the July Challenge Theme. She describes herself as a hobbyist/polymer enthusiast, as she works full-time as a Family Physician in Georgia. She has been working with polymer clay for a little over a year.

You can see all the monthly challenge themes and entries here.

Summer Creativity Challenge – Week One

Summer Creativity Challenge

#SummerCreativityChallenge

Getting Started

If you haven’t signed up yet, you can do that here.

  1. If you haven’t already printed out your chart and made a list of ideas or projects to you would like to work on during the #SummerCreativityChallenge, do that first.
  2. Next, take a look at your list of ideas and projects that you want to work on. If you sell your artwork, it’s easy to get caught up in making what you think will sell or what customers have asked for. So, if this is you, I hope that you will use this challenge time to work on ideas that you want to work on, experiment, try a new technique, explore a different medium, etc. Give yourself permission to work on whatever creative activity that want to do.
  3. Spend 15 minutes each day on a creative activity (this can be anything…coloring, doodling, playing with clay, painting, etc.). Keep track by marking off one of the squares on your chart for each 15 minutes you spend on a creative activity. If you spend 30 minutes one day, mark off two squares. If you fill in your chart before the 30 days is up, print another chart and keep going.
  4. Share your results each Wednesday by using #SummerCreativityChallenge. Accountability is a great motivator. Invite a friend to join you and hold each other accountable.

Forming a new habit:

Here are a few of tips that will make forming a new habit easier.

*Try to do your 15 minutes at the same time of day. You’re training your mind that when it’s a certain time of day, it knows that you’re going to be working on something creative. I know this may not always be practical, so the most important thing is like the Nike ads say, “Just Do It!”

*Block out your 15 minutes on your calendar each day….make an appointment with yourself. This tells your mind that this is something important to you.

*Plan your 15 minutes directly after something else that you already do each day….that is already a habit. There are many things that you do every day, that you don’t even really think about (because they have become a habit). Maybe you sit down with a cup of coffee first thing in the morning each and every morning without fail, You eat meals each day. Your brush your teeth every day. If you have a dog, you walk your dog every day.Pay attention to the things that you do each day and see if your 15 minutes of creative time will fit in after one of those activities. It’s easier to form a habit if it is paired with something that is already a habit.

*Keep your #SummerCreativityChallenge chart somewhere where you will see it throughout the day as a visual reminder to do your 15 minutes of creative time.


It takes 21 days to successfully build a new habit. By completing the 30 day challenge you are well on your way to making creativity a habit.

Summer Creativity Challenge

Summer Creativity Challenge

Summer Creativity Challenge

Creative activities are great for reducing stress and may possibly help ward off dementia. With health benefits like these, we should all make creativity a daily habit.The problem most of us have is carving out the time in our busy schedules, but everyone can find 15 minutes in their day. I’m sure most of us waste way more time than that on social media each day. While 15 minutes doesn’t sound like much, over 30 days it adds up to 450 minutes or 7.5 hours.

The challenge runs July 15, 2015 through August 13, 2015.

It’s easy to get started

  1. Sign up below to get the handy chart to keep track of your 15 minutes a day. You’ll also receive a weekly email (each Wednesday) with tips, tricks and ideas to help you make the most of your 15 minutes and make creativity a habit.
  2. Spend 15 minutes each day on a creative activity (this can be anything…coloring, doodling, playing with clay, painting, etc.). Keep track by marking off one of the squares on your chart for each 15 minutes you spend on a creative activity. If you spend 30 minutes one day, mark off two squares. If you fill in your chart before the 30 days is up, print another chart and keep going.
  3. Share your results each Wednesday by using #SummerCreativityChallenge. Accountability is a great motivator. Invite a friend to join you and hold each other accountable.

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