For almost 10 years now, a group of us meets once a month to exchange Artist Trading Cards (ATCs). At each session, we would try out new techniques or learn more about some form of art. For the many times which I facilitated this, it never fails to amaze me to see the creativity that is brought forward in under an hour.
In last night’s meet-up, I shared about this technique I called Flip-Flap which was about using flaps of coloured paper to create an ATC with layers and elements of surprise. I created 2 samples, one of which can be seen in the collage above. With these, I explained briefly what we were going to try and passed my samples around. No templates and since this was something I came up with, there were also no other samples online to search for.
Initially, almost everyone was complaining about how difficult this was and how they did not know where to start nor did they feel creative. Still, everyone just started sketching, cutting and experimenting. We gave each other some suggestions, and for nearly an hour, we just kept at it.
Look at what was finally created! Each one a different idea and unique in its own way. Such amazing creativity isn’t it?
Their interest, a trust in the process, a safe environment to experiment, one even commented jokingly about “having no choice but to do it” – all or any of these could have been helpful to bringing about such creative expressions.
As always, I am most delighted with activities that bring out our innate inventiveness rather than one that aims for “pretty”, cookie-cutter pieces of art. What about you?
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