A Royal Creation- Uncle Don’s Art

It may be all in the family- CREATIVITY that is.

My husband’s great uncle has a creative eye and artistic talent that he expresses from time to time. This time, his creation was fit for a King or Queen- it was a royal creation.

I love hearing about his latest challenges and successes with his photography, painting, welding, gourd painting, and now steel cutting.  By trade, he is winding down his days as a farmer. So, he has a bit more time now to travel on his creative paths.

Great Uncle Don 2013
Great Uncle Don 2013

We recently went to Nebraska for a visit. When we went to Don’s place we were happily greeted with a platter of his home-made goodies and his company.  After a tour of the farmland, photos and story swaps of days gone by, Don lead us into the living room.

He was so excited for us to sit in the chair that he recently had re-upholstered and was eager for each of us to take a turn sitting in it.  In Don’s eyes, this chair must have reminded him of royal throne.  The next question for you to ponder is: what is a throne without a person sitting in it with a crown on?

So…Don made a crown from some steel scraps and he added a few reflectors as the crown jewels.  We all had a good time as we took our turns being a royal subject sitting in his chair.  What will he make us do when we visit next time?

Waving to the common people!
Waving to the common people!
There is still time to grow into the crown.
There is still time to grow into the crown.
The "Royal Throne" Chair
The “Royal Throne” Chair
Uncle Don created the crown that gave us all a royal attitude.
Uncle Don created the crown that gave us attitude.

Creativity can be expressed for a certain purpose or just for the fun of it. We are glad that Don’s creations expressed a sense of humor. This particular visit was a memorable one because of it.

Do you have a family member that has a creative talent or expresses their creativity in a fun way?  Let us know in your comment below. We’d love to know about other’s creative creations.







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Creativity and Cardboard

Miltom Berle Quote on Opportunity

What a great quote to start off this blog from Club Creative Studio.  I welcome you to take a few minutes to watch this video and be inspired from a nine year old boy’s creativity.

If you have ever wanted inspiration to create and use low-cost materials then take a look at what this YouTube sensation video has to offer. You’ll witness simplicity of dreams from the eyes of a child, using his creativity and cardboard. It’s CREATIVITY at its best. Bringing tears to my eyes having heard about this a while ago and then again as I post today on the Club Creative Studio blog: I share this highlight, as I continue to watch the wheels turn and confidence grow in creative thoughts of a young boy, Caine. Be inspired! Be CREATIVE!


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Creativity Quotes

Club Creative Studio recycled and melted plastic bottles were transformed into flowers and added to the painted canvas, along with quotes about creativity.

Inspiration comes in many forms.  Today’s TNT (This-N-That) post, I hope that these choice quotes on creativity inspire you to be creative in your own way.

Recently, I incorporated  a small collection of quotes that inspired me to be creative. They were applied to the canvas art project and will serve as a focal point within my creative work space.  Maybe some of them will strike a cord with you and lend to a creative spark for the times you need to be inspired by a creative quote.

The “Mother-Daughter Project” continues as we add more melted bottle blooms. The goal is to cover the canvas at some point for a complete look.






Make Art –  Love What You Create – Make Work Into Play – Always Be Creating – Stop Trying To Fit In When You Were Born To Stand Out – Make It Work –

Got Art? – Be Yourself, Everyone Else Is Taken – Creative Minds Are Rarely Tidy – The Secret Of Life Is In Art – Be  Creative – A Hunch Is Creativity Trying To

Tell You Something – Creativity Is the Power To Connect What Is Seemingly Unconnected – Create – Love It! – Find Something You Are Passionate About And

Keep Interested In It – Beauty In Everything – Create With Heart – Take Creative Brakes – You Are The Creator of Your Own Story – Creativity Is Intelligence

Having Fun – Keep Calm…Sparkle On! – Imagine – Branch Out! – Follow Your Dreams –  Enlarge Vision – The Start of Something Different – Try New Things –

Proposed Creative Workflow: Does It Have Heart?

Yes ————> Make It  

No ———–> Don’t Make It

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>Dream On…Creative Dreaming

>My secret to getting many things done in a single day-  I do not sleep many hours.  When I do experience a really deep sleep however,  it is sure to be accompanied by great or strange dream, all in color, of course! I try to dream possible, not impossible. This meaning that I plan to use my dreams in a creative way later, making my dream a possible useful element in my creative endeavors.   I try to incorporate my dreams from my “sleep life” into my “awake life”, it helps me create.

Dreams are a great source of information about yourself and what you’re doing in your world, as well as a stimulus for creativity. Their vocabulary is everything you have ever done, seen, thought, and felt, etc. –in other words, an ever-changing palette totally unique to you.   Dreams may reveal inspirations, give you motivation or spark a new notion or solution.  Learn to pay attention to them, even if in part so that your dreams can become as possible as you want them to be, in helping you become more creative.

As I attempt to discover links between any of my waking and dreaming minds (which are totally separate ideals)  it becomes a highway with an increasing amount of traffic of creative ideas.  This also gives me the feeling of being more connected and complete.  Recreating something out of my dreams or out of my norm is a whole creative journey upon itself.  Your brain is brilliant.  Dreaming for possibilities gives you drive and focus.

I have created from time to time items based on an image, or a thought, from a dream.  As an example, I recall one dream including a group of many women, each wearing large and decorative hats.  Each lady showing off unique, strange and colorful creations- all atop their heads.  The ideas stimulated by that dream were easy to replicate in clay even if they were not exact because the whole idea from the dream-like image, was out-of-the- norm for me and I knew just how I wanted to be inspired from it.  To make it work for me- the completed art was turned into a series of Club Creative Studio brooch pins.

The techniques I used in the above art were color mixing my own shades, sculpting as relief, stamping, carving, caning, and mixed media (added wire and beads). This creation ended up becoming an accessory piece of jewelry as a brooch pin.

While the image above was symbolic of the images I saw in my mind as a random dream there is also a term that can be used to describe a different type of dream, “intentional dreaming”.

To induce intentional dreaming try the following:

1. Write, read, or think about a topic you’re interested in just before going to sleep (writing seems to work best)
This serves to bring your brain’s attention to the subject and put it on notice that you’re serious about whatever the topic.

2. When you first wake up, or in that beginning stage of waking/drifting:
Notice the first image or scene that comes to you even if it seems unrelated, and if you write down what you “see” you will remember the image longer. Analyzing dreams and decoding them is a science and I can’t give you answers on deciphering them or interpreting them but number three point may help you understand more.

3. I can tell you that if you ask yourself specific questions before sleep, you may awake to hold some insight into the requested answers you seek.  The information you sift through may not seem to be anything that you asked for but you have to associate and relate your images to understand  what it “means” to you.  How do the dream images fit back in to the story of your dream?

4. Another way to begin getting the outer and inner parts of your brain closer together is to draw (and/or write) a scene(s) from your dream.   This seems to put your brain more firmly in the track of  documenting and integrating your symbolic experiences. Call it a “dream book”.  Use a notebook,  decorate it and review it to see how you can incorporate your dreams and visions in to your daily creative life.  Dream on!  Dream Possible! Dream with a creative purpose!

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