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Creativity + silliness = 30 days of fun!

This morning I decided, on a whim, to sign up for 30 Days of Creativity (which, as it’s the first day of June, begins today).

The moment I signed up, my internal perfectionist (who tends to be very nervous about stepping out of her comfort zone) started to panic, and with escalating anxiety sputtered, “What have you done?! You’re not an artist! How on earth are you planning to come up with something creative to make Every Single Day… something you’re actually willing to share with the world?!”

I hadn’t even begun, and already I was stressing myself out!

So I decided to get a little silly.

Actually, very silly.

Have you ever had a mini Babybel cheese? My husband and I buy them regularly, and when I’m finished with my snack I often start to absentmindedly mold the red wax coating that originally covered the cheese. Most of the time the wax ends up in the trash afterwards, but my husband has actually kept a couple of the little sculptures that resulted from my messing about and insists that they’re good (though I roll my eyes at him when he says that!).

Anyway, I think I’ve figured out the perfect way to fulfill my commitment to 30 Days of Creativity without taking myself too seriously, putting undue pressure on myself, and quitting before I begin.

Mini Babybel Wax Sculptures!

That’s right – every day, for the month of June, I will take all of the wax from one mini Babybel cheese and sculpt it into my interpretation of the day’s prompt on the 30 Days of Creativity Calendar. It will be fun, it will be silly, and, best of all, it will exercise my brain and get it working on something creative other than writing.

And my internal perfectionist can stuff it!

So without further ado, I present to you my first project!

June 1, 2012 prompt:
FRIDAY – “Which seat can I take?”

06-01-2012 30DOC

(If you want to see this in all its imperfect waxy goodness, clicking on the photo will take you to the larger version on Flickr.)

I’ll also be posting my pics on my Pinterest account (30 Days of Creativity 2012 Board), which you’re invited to follow if you so desire.

So… back to 30 Days of Creativity… anyone care to join me in the madness?! You certainly don’t have to do anything as nonsensical as Mini Babybel Wax Sculptures, but why not take this challenge to exercise the creative part of your brain – especially those of you who spend a lot of time on written (rather than visual) creativity?

C’mon! It’ll be fun!

Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.