12 quick and easy creative ideas
Whether you’ve got 5 minutes or an hour, there’s always time to create. We know that sometimes a busy schedule can get in the way of doing what you love, but we’ve found a few ways to keep the good times rolling. Here are 12 quick and easy creative ideas anyone can add to their day.
1. Experiment with paint textures
Creativity doesn’t have to have an end goal. A quick way to express yourself is by playing around with some paint and creating different textures. You can do this by using different tools such as a sponge, paint brush or a palette knife.
2. Paint a silhouette
Simply paint a background (dawn or dusk colours work well), let it dry and paint a simple silhouette on top of it. Since you have to wait for the background to dry, this activity can easily be broken into two creative sessions for those who are time-poor.
3. Illustrate your favourite foods
Food is a part of every day, so why not use it to fuel your creativity? Some simple food doodles are a great way to get creative when you’ve only got a few minutes to spare.
4. Create miniature art
Don’t have time to create a painting? Take it down a size and create a miniature artwork. Check out our recent miniature art tutorial for some inspiration.
5. Make simple sculptures
Got a few minutes? That’s all you need to create a simple sculpture. Try building a rainbow or a flower from polymer clay.
6. Play around with watercolours
Watercolour painting is a fun and relaxing way to explore your creativity and discover new techniques. You don’t need to have a plan or end result in mind, just see what happens. Check out our video on watercolour techniques for some ideas.
7. Make a collage
If you’ve got some old magazines, newspaper or scrap paper lying around, give them new life with a collage. It’s a great way to recycle and get those creative juices flowing.
8. Draw a loose sketch
Before you get started on this easy creative idea, remind yourself that it doesn’t need to be perfect. A loose, or rough, sketch is exactly that. It’s not polished; it’s just a quick drawing of what you see around you or what’s on your mind.
9. Start an inspiration journal
An inspiration journal doesn’t have to be daily. It doesn’t even have to be weekly. You can add to it whenever you have time, or just make your entries short and sweet. Draw, paint, write or stick in ideas from magazines.
10. Colour a pattern
Start with a pencil and lightly draw a pattern such as checkers, circles or triangles. Next, paint or colour in each area with a different colour. That’s it – easy right?
11. Colour in a picture
If you need to take a moment to relax, get out your coloured pencils and start colouring. This is a great way to fit creativity into your day, especially when you’re feeling mentally drained and don’t know where to start.
12. Stamp some leaves
Did you know that you can print just about any leaf? Simply find a leaf you like, gently apply a thin coat of paint to the back of it and press it onto a canvas or sheet of paper. It may take a few goes to get the amount of paint right, but the results are beautiful. You can even try it with certain types of flowers!
Next time you need a creative outlet but don’t have much time, give one of these quick and easy creative ideas a go. Don’t forget to tag us using @montmarteart on Facebook or Instagram to show us what you’ve created.
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