Not long ago, in fact last weekend, I took part in a Be Creative Weekend with other very creative people. Prompts throughout the weekend were set up by another blogger and these arrived throughout the weekend. I posted some of the results on an earlier blog page. There were a few prompts that caused the group to giggle or hide their heads with embarrassment – one was to look in a mirror and draw with your non dominant hand. In my case, this was my left hand. We also were prompted to draw a shoe using something we don’t normally draw with and I opted for crayon, although I was tempted to get the chopsticks out!
As the weekend progressed, we began to construct our postcards for a swap with others. I began to collage mine using various strips of tissue paper and Decopatch papers along with fine threads and wool. The three postcards were then covered entirely with PVA glue to keep them waterproof and text was added. I did a combination of famous quotes about invention to writing my own poem.
Here are the postcards I produced and sent off:
the poem reads:
a tangle of rivers, tributaries and streams link arms
unite as one, building
into a torrent of enthusiasm
when each touches
and teamwork begins.
A sea of life: where forces unite
and where peace’s found –
on the lake by the sun.
I received a comment by one of the group saying that my postcards looked like ‘little maps’. Now I’ve looked closely again at them, I think she’s right. A map of rivers? A beach and sea contents labelled like you see in children’s geography text books? Whatever the collages look like, it was a fun experience joining in.
The swap – I visited a new post office and I have to admit, I have NEVER seen a post office clerk spend so long and take such care sticking the stamps on postcards. I asked for special stamps and was given a choice of two depicting horses. I also posted off the Iris Folding card I made earlier.
These were the ones I received in the post … (I heard someone knock on the door and these postcards were handed to me, rather than pushed through the mailbox! The postman seemed reluctant to hand over!) – the top one was done on hand-dyed papers and there were quotes from Pablo Picasso and one written in gold pen, so you could only read it if you tipped the card in certain directions. Every one of the postcards people in the Be Creative group have made are all so unique and have raised a smile across the world. There will be another Be Creative Weekend coming up soon.
If you are interested in taking part, please visit Be Creative at http://createaday2014.wordpress.com/be-creative-now/
And another special ‘surprise’ arrived today complete with circular stamp…