'Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.' -- Arthur Ashe
We are approaching the end of Creative Leap and today’s project is focussed on you. This project is about thinking, contemplating and drawing; the intention of the project is to provide some positive thoughts to be used as tangible reminders.
Materials: a black fine liner, paper sheets for practice or sketchbook, watercolour paper, scissors and a small box of matches or an envelope.
Starting off with a fine black liner, write the alphabet in your sketchbook or a sheet of paper. Turn the page around, so the letters are upside down. Now turn each letter into a flower, the aim is to make each one unique. I use a very fine liner and keep the drawings quite small. Once you have completed the drawings you need to make a list of twenty six inspiring and positive words to complete the sentence ‘I feel/am/want to be…'
This might need some pondering! Here is a list of words that might help:
AMBITIOUS, AWESOME, ADVENTUROUS, AUTHENTIC, BRAVE, BEAUTIFUL, BLESSED, CAPABLE, COMPETENT, CREATIVE, CHARMING, DARING, DREAMY, DESERVING, EMPOWERED, ENCHANTING, EVOLVING, ENERGISED, FABULOUS, FEARLESS, FABULOUS, FASCINATING, GLORIOUS, GENIUNE, HAPPY, HOPEFUL, INSPIRED, INTERESTING, INTUITIVE, JOY, KNOWLEDGEABLE, LOVED, LUCKY, LIBERATED, KIND, MAGICAL, MINDFUL, MOTIVATED, OPTIMISITIC, PASSIONATE, PEACEFUL, PLAYFUL, POWERFUL, PRODUCTIVE, RADIANT, RESOURCEFUL, RELAXED, REVITALISED, SELF-ASURED, SERENE, SILLY, SKILLFUL, SPIRITED, STRONG, TALENTED, THOUGHTFUL, TRANQUIL, UNIQUE, UNSTOPPABLE, UPLIGTED, VALUABLE, VIBRANT, VISIONARY, VARIED, VISIONARY, VIVACIOUS, WHIMSICAL, WISE, WITTY, WONDERFUL, WORTHY, CURIOUS, COURAGEOUS, OPEN, POSITIVE, KIND, INVENTIVE, ZANY, FUN, FUNNY, COLOURFUL
Here’s a Pinterest link for added inspiration: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/estemacleod/inspirational-words/?eq=inspira&etslf=7693
Now repeat the floral drawings again on a watercolour sheet, leave enough space between every letter to draw a stem and some leaves for you flower (about 4cm or 1.5”). The flowers should fit into a regular matchbox. A match should give you a good reference point to work with. Use a fine pen and use as much detail as you like, you are creating twenty six flowers for yourself. Cut them out, either as oblong cards, or flower shapes. On the back of the flowers’ stems write an inspirational word corresponding to the letter of the alphabet used for the flower drawing, or randomly if you have your selection worked out.
You can add colour if you like, or just leave them as line drawings. Turn your matchbox into something personal, use coloured tissue paper like a collage, paint the inside in a favourite colour. Is there an inspirational quote, motto, saying or word you would like to write on the outside of the box housing your flowers? Alternatively just write 'I am...' . As an alternative use an envelope, or create some sort of container for your flowers.
Pondering and considering words and concepts you find inspirational personally, and creating tangible reminders is the purpose of Project Y. A personalised bouquet of flowers with messages, each uniquely made by you, for you, to inspire your future self.