Day 4 Prompt: Be Playful

Prompt for the day: Be playful.

Below you will find videos from Minette and Andrea showing our individual thoughts and visual approach to the prompts.

We have a series of 3 written prompts to help you connect with the theme of the day. You can stay at the surface and just write a few words about what playful means to you or even simply rewrite the dictionary definition. Or you can follow one of the additional prompts to go even deeper into your connection to the concept.

We also offer a visual prompt each day to guide your creative process if desired. In the videos you will see that Andrea followed the prompts, Minette did not.

Definition of playful:

  1. intended for one's own or others' amusement rather than seriously.
  2. giving or expressing pleasure and amusement.

In your writing:

  1. What was your favorite way to engage in play as a child?
  2. When was the last time you felt playful?
  3. How would your life change for the better if you were to be more playful in your life or art for the next 10 weeks

Visual Prompt: Be playful on the page. Use colors, patterns or marks you love. Play with wild abandon without a "finished" product in mind.

Inspiring Quote: "First Not Only! When learning a new technique or how to use a new supply it can feel awkward. Remember this is the first, not the only time you will use it. Let this ease your mind and help you playfully explore the possibilities." - Andrea Chebeleu

Here are a few written reflections on Be playful from us:

Andrea: Imagine the delight of going to play at a friend's house. Exposure to new sights and sounds. That is something you can re-create for yourself as an adult in the creative realm. I like to mix things up a bit. I will take myself on a playdate to pick up unusual mark making materials in strange places like the hardware or grocery store then sit down for a mark making session asking, "what happens when..." and a lot of "why ..." playful curiosity is refreshing.

Minette: I could talk about the value of play all day long, probably because it took me several decades to learn to value play and honor it's role in my own health and well-being. I was raised in a family where work was valued over play and over rest. I spent a decade in a business that drove me to the brink of exhaustion and burnout. I don't want to be there again. I now value the health benefits of scheduling time for play, it might sound silly to schedule playtime but it works for me and ensures that I won't forget.

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