Structuring Play to Stimulate Art

Spring. Color. Play.

Neutral colors provide practical decoration. Classic. Timeless. Consider these crocheted flowers which I beaded.

 ©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Beaded flowers

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Beaded flowers

Yawn! Nice, but boring. Why am I uninspired?

Out-of-the-box thinking beckons. Sunshine. Springtime. Lilac blossoms, tulips, daffodils.

Color must be the answer.

Bright colors affect my mood and my stimulate new ideas. Hmmmmmm.

Formerly, black dominaned my closet. Certainly there is no substitute for black. In the jewelry business, necklaces show well on a plain black or white t-shirt! But these days, I’m more open to color.

Spurred by the lack of color, I determined to use color specifically to see if it made a difference in my way of thinking.

A recent studio afternoon with my CollaborHeartist friends caused me to focus on swirls and color. First I used stamps to fire up the creative juices. Grabbing a plain, brown tote I began stamping an infinity block onto the surface with permanent inks. It wasn’t enough.

The girls pushed paints at me. I’m not a painter by any means. But, who knew experimenting could be so fun? I added citrine and metallic bronze swirls with lumiere paint and began to love it. After all, I could “do” swirls.

© 2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Swirls

© 2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Swirls

three pix collage of swirls

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Swirl collage on a tote

In a surprising discovery, the more I painted, the happier I felt. By the time I finished, I felt differently about everything.

Once again I couldn’t wait to get back to the bead trays. I found myself quickly beading a necklace at the end of the day. Guess what? I named it Color!

© 2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Color

© 2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Color

How will you use play to fuel creativity?