Hello again, we met last time. My name is Vivi and I’m an artist. The kind hedgehog has told me a few things about creativity and I decided to share the knowledge with you.
I found out that art is meant to convey emotions to the observer, such as beauty, awe, and even sadness. Some drawings achieve feelings quickly, while others depend on sophisticated thought and knowledge about the art practice, experiences.
Creativity is not about doing something better than others, it is about exploring, discovering and imagining. I discovered that I love to paint, and under the strict supervision of the wise owl, I discovered that I really love to mix colors and I’m actually marvelous at it. I’m also pretty good at stirring herbs to make pigments. You must see the forest when it’s windy and the pigments are ready to use. The kind hedgehog also tells me that anybody can be creative if they want to.
Creativity is not only found in painting and singing, but also in science. Let me tell you how my friends from the forest help me to be creative. I am always encouraged to try new things, especially the unusual fox, and to grow my creativity into other areas. They tell me to be fierce and concerned about the process rather than the finished drawing. Yesterday I helped the owls build a new nest and they all agreed it’s a really unique roost. All these things make me a special girl. I wholeheartedly believe that all people are creative and that there is an artist inside each one of us! That’s why my mission is to help people discover their creativity!
“Picasso once said this, he said that all children are born artists. The problem is to remain an artist as we grow up. I believe this passionately, that we don’t grow into creativity, we grow out of it. Or rather, we get educated out of it.” – Sir Ken Robinson
I want to share with you a fun, autumn activity. I love autumn! In September, all the animals in the forest are decorating their homes with colored leaves made of salt dough.
All you need for the dough is:
4 cups all-purpose flour
1.5 cups warm water
1 cup salt
leaves with raised veins
Preheat your oven to 200 degrees.
Combine all of your ingredients and knead for 10 minutes. If your dough is too dry add a little bit more water and continue to knead.
Roll out the dough to a thickness that you’d like (I recommend 1cm) and place a leaf on top and gently press it with your hand.
Carefully peel the leaves back off, the veins and stem had left a good mark in the dough.
Push gently but firmly around the edges and along the center to ensure the veins and edge imprinted into the dough clearly.
With a thin stick, make a hole in the top for where you want to hang your salt dough leaf.
Bake for 1-2 hours until the dough is firm.
Now the fun part begins. You can be creative and paint the leaves.
This is my favorite part of the process.