This is how creativity conversations go in my head, sometimes…
Me: Let’s do an elephant mail-art.
Me again: Where should we put the address?
Also me: How about a vintage-style elephant rider under a canopy, like a mahout or a king, with the address on the cloth?
Other me: But isn’t that cruel to the elephant?
Me: Oh, right. Ok, just a blanket over the elephant’s back then.
More of me: That’s a bit boring - maybe it could be carrying a branch? Like an olive branch?
Me: Too derivative but I like the way you think. How about persimmons, like the ones in @annabellehickson’s styling for the @myopenkitchen gathering?
Still me: Yeah! And a bird hitching a ride!
Me: Why the bird?
Me: Why not?
Me again: The elephant is too big. It won’t all fit on the envelope, with the branch on top.
Me: Let’s make it a baby elephant!
My 4yo son: What the heck even is that picture Mum?
One of the freedoms of mail-art is that you can take “whimsical” and turn it into “why not”. There are no rules, and (trust me) nobody complains when you send them a heartfelt letter in the mail, even if it’s more “why not” than “whimsical”. In my #createwithconfidence course we spend some time encouraging people to play, creatively, without agenda. It helps bring down some of those barriers that perfectionism, professionalism and the inner critic put up.
But sometimes I think I go overboard. Like this "whimsical/why-not" illustration that turned into “what the heck” when my son saw it. Is it too much? I was thinking of sharing it in my newsletter but is something like this just too out-there for your taste? Would you actually be able to use it? #livemoremagic #startwithwhy, #theartofslowliving, #livemoremagic, #livethelittlethings, #thehappynow, #flashesofdelight, #doitfortheprocess, #communityovercompetition, #postitfortheaesthetic, #creativepreneur, #risingtide, #dontquityourdaydream, #handsandhustle, #nothingisordinary, #pursuepretty, #calledtobecreative, #creativityfound #womenwhodraw #loveforanalogue #stationerylove #inspiremyinstagram #brownpaperpackages #handmadewithlove #watercolourpainting #penpallingandletters #happymail #snailmailrevolution