It’s Day 1 of the challenge I gave myself. 31 days of Halloween-inspired drawings of what could possibly be in or sell in the Idea Emporium. I’ve invited all of you who visit to exercise your creative muscles by creating to the prompts a poem, a scribble or doodle, a creation.
Today’s offering: Floating Witch Hats! Guaranteed for a good time. Buy one or a few for your each mood. Sold in the Fashion Department, all designed by our resident fairy designer, Designing Fairy.
I’m so excited!
Join me in this experiment to play, created in my Invention Room in my Idea Emporium.
A few facts:
- Do I have to post every day? You can post once, a bunch, or all 31 days. Post on Instagram or Facebook, or Pinterest or whatever. Tag it: #ideaemporiumhalloween so we can bounce around the net and see your creations. The challenge is in that you play at all, not on how many days you participate! (I totally tanked the last 100 Day Project challenge).
- I can’t draw! Well, then post a poem, a sonnet, a funny line, a photograph, a doodle, a sewing project, a song, part of your novel, basically, a creation. Get out there and be your creative self. Each number on the list of prompts is a day in October. That creative prompt is your muse! Such as, 4, is October 4th, which is Magical Mushroom is the prompt.
- What is the Idea Emporium? It’s my imaginary mall, of course. A place where the imagination can play safely. It’s filled with lessons and inspiration, and magical crows. Look around and see what’s here to get a sense of the themes. (It’s also a book in the making). Be sure to sign up for the newsletter!
- Can my kids play? Of course. The challenge is for folks of all ages.
- Any other rules? Play nice with each other. Only post original creations that are yours. No cheating. No running with scissors. No trolling. And no spamming or catfishing each other.
- Why are you doing this? I’m going to Graduate School for Education/Instructional Design, and it’s been busy, busy, and I didn’t want to lose touch with my drawing. I also crave real creative connections and friends on Social Media, and wanted to get everyone together for one creative party.
- So let’s have fun! It’s an experiment so we might have three people, we might have hundreds. We don’t know. Hopefully, everyone’s creative juices will be overflowing from this experiment and you will pick up the pen, the paper or the sewing needle again! I will be sharing my posts on Instagram, FB, and Pinterest, and right here and they will be doodles and drawings.
Here’s the prompts:
Drawing Idalou in the backyard.
getting ready to animate…
As you may or may not know balloon animals often visit the Idea Emporium Bakery and are partial to ice cream sodas. I don’t know a great deal about balloon animals that have came to life, but I can only theorize then, that the balloon animals are not lactose intolerant, which is a good thing. For fun, here’s a quick, fun lesson in shading.
First draw your balloon animal. A simple grey marker or crayon will work.
Now add your dark shadows. A dark grey or black will work. A balloon has very sharp shadows and highlights and looks very dramatic. Where ever your shadow will be your strongest light or highlight will be next to it.
Now we add the highlights or white where the light hits the balloon animal next to the dark shadows. Isn’t he cute? You might want to name him.
I went a step further and colored in the little guy orange. I added yellow for a mid color between the orange shading and the white highlights for a little BAM.
For a FREE exclusive Idea Emporium Balloon Inspiration & Exploration sheet, check out this Google Doc link here.
Wow. What a crazy year. Seems like every morning I check the news feed and I learn about a natural disaster happening, a crazy person driving into a street of people, or some fundamental right taken away from me. It’s easy to be down and discouraged. The one thing that helps me feel hopeful and back on my feet is to remember about the Magical: the awe, the serendipity, the divine and imaginative. Here’s a big dose for you this holiday season of the Magic that is out there folks all over that are designing up the Magical.
The Holiday Windows in New York City bring to life magical desinations. Check them out here.
Genie Lamps $30 aisle 4, the Invention Room, Idea Emporium
Oh my goodness! There’s an Ice Cream Museum! Are you kidding me? Toppings are toys? I’m so on board. Here’s the link to locations in California. Road trip!
Formula to grow taller, I could use this. $200 in the Invention Room
There is this thing called Ring Ring Wonder Christmas. Have you heard of it? There’s a series of videos on YouTube and it’s magical times three!
Rose Fishes need good homes. See Zozo for information.
Then there’s the land of Pip and Pop. I’ll smoke what they are smoking! Their worlds feel like stepping into bubblegum and dime store toys. Cool blog post here.
Cupcakes with cloud frosting in the Bakery $3 each
I wish the mall was a real mall I would be making lots of money! Ha ha ha, sigh. But in the meantime until that becomes a magical reality, for 2018 my goal will be to put the Idea Emporium Activity Book into form, now that it’s complete thanks to all of you who have cheered me on and interacted with the posts and prompts, etc. May your holidays be bright, love-filled, and of course, Magical.
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- What if it’s simple?
- Resource for Sensory Overload
- Go Where You Are Valued story
- I lost myself story…
- Cecile’s class
- Music for the Invention Room
- Multiple Intelligences quiz
- Your place of Power
- When you share in the wrong place
- What I learned from Project Runway
- Movie suggestions
- etc. etc.
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Until next time,
There is a program on Instagram that will pick out your best posts of 2017. I fiddled around with it and it worked once. The second time it looped over and over saying my images were very large and to wait a moment. After waiting too many moments, I took the hint and walked away from it, thinking, there must be a message for me here. The application picks out your most liked posts, which brought me to the creative’s age old question. Do I create what others want or what comes through me and makes me happy?
I have picked out MY Best Nine of Instagram and a thoughtful analysis of why I picked these out.
- The Googly with an egg.
I really enjoyed making these creatures inspired by a visit to the Phoenix Museum and Alexander Calder’s bird exhibit. I’ve been learning animation the past year and I wanted to experiment. My friend Britt suggested the Googly rock the egg to sleep. I took that and ran with it and fumbled with the animation. It needs a few tweeks, but I like it.
2. Balloon Animals Visiting the Bakery
After watching the Thanksgiving Parade and meeting a woman who made Balloon Animals at Ihop that same week, I was enamored with Balloon Animals. I wrote an entire list of Balloon-related themes for a lesson/curriculum, which I LOVE doing, by the way. What if Balloon Animals visited the Bakery? What would they eat? Well, ice cream sodas, of course.
3. The Googlys in the Invention Room
My first foray into digital illustration meets hand-drawn illustration. I had this image in my mind of the Googlys surrounding the Invention Room waiting for their eggs to hatch. The Invention Room is this place of inventive chaos. There’s so much activity and creatures bouncing about among the vials of experiments and it seems like the creature who runs the place is always out to lunch and doesn’t notice a thing or prefers the chaos.
4. Underwater Lollipop
I love all the inventions made in the Idea Emporium’s Bakery, but this one is my favorite.
I had fun experimenting with drawing butterflies to animate across the page. I tried one such experiment and it didn’t impress me. Time to play more with it. But I did dig the gray/halftones next to the yellow.
6. The Panda Train
My nod to my stepson whose pandas all have fun names, including Medium Panda. I believe the stories of the mall are already out there. We just need to discover them. And his pandas must have come from the mall. They needed a train to deliver the mail, of course.
7. Imagination Quote
I love Julia Cameron’s book The Artist Way. It was life-changing for me, forcing myself to look at my creative life and make it a priority. We need the imagination to come up with solutions to every day problems, to give us hope and delight.
8. The Escaping Monster
I have no idea how the monsters under the bed became a part of the Invention Room, but I loved the story and I loved my very first animation attempts. Now that little purple monster can be found floating around most of the mall. He just won’t be contained, the little adventurer. (Check out the web pages here, he’s everywhere).
9. Fairy Real Estate
Being a designing fairy, I had to have fairy influence in this world. Playing around with fairy houses I fell in love with the crooked ones. What if the fairies who lived in them were just a little cockeyed or lopsided? Wouldn’t they need something a little different to live in? The Nursery department has an specific order to it, opposite of the Invention Room, or the occasional chaos of the Bakery.
My conclusion or realization (big lightbulb over my head) for my Favorite Best Nine are when my posts were purposeful and focused on the story of the Mall emerging I was happy, and hopefully, the viewers were too. I brought forth energy*spark*magic forward to share. I lost my way when I thought, this is what the readers want, this is what they like, these have the numbers, but then I am not true to my mall that is emerging and taking life. And I’m abandoning the tiny blue monsters, the Googlies, and the bouncing cakes, who want to be discovered.
It’s a fine line to balance between running a business, catering to your audience, and being true to what is being born. It can easily swing in the wrong direction. Something to think about this Tuesday.
Oh, and big big realization. Through my sharing on Instagram in the past year, I created the activity book! A big thank you for those who visit over there. Of course, there will be tweeking and fixing and editing, but the illos and pieces are done. The story book has just started.
Until next time. And Happy Hannukah to my Hannukah friends! Be sure to visit the Mall’s departments. And if you are on Facebook, be sure to join the Group.