Mapping a creative path

In the beginning of the year I enrolled in an online course called Creative Courage. It was a six week long eCourse aimed primarily to helping one find and flutter their creative wings in a sense.

One of the exercises that we were asked to do was to create a creative road map. The purpose of this exercise was to create a visual reminder for ourself of where we want to go, and what we need to get there. It took a lot of time for me to think what I wanted to do and I think I have something now.

My first thought was to use a circle (completion, connection , radiating lines- some of the concepts in my head ), I wanted to use a map in some form and create a kind of a scroll.

Part-1 – The land

WIP - traced a map of Central Delhi

WIP – traced a map of Central Delhi

I thought of using the map of New Delhi, a place where I grew up, it was a fit because the central delhi is planned around a circle and hexagon. One thought that popped into my head while tracing the map is that while we use a map in a linear fashion to get from point A to point B, a map actually lays out the whole field of options to us. It tells us how to reach where we want to go and in case we loose our way, it can show us alternate routes and can help us to get back on track too. Even after living in Delhi for many years, I have had to go round in circles in central Delhi, sometimes more than once to get to my destination. I found this quote and My map took off from there.

Quote 1

Quote 1

Part-2 – Connections

Doesn’t life have more than one track? all inter connected? I used a transit style map to denote the three tracks.

WIP

WIP

WIP-2 - Different Tracks

WIP-2 – Different Tracks

Different personal, spiritual, professional and dream tracks…. all interconnected though and I added some of my own thoughts.

Quote 2

Quote 2

part- 3 Action Plan

I needed to list out what I wanted to do and various steps I wanted to take. After all I did want some directionality and a plan for moving forward. I chose to go with an Outward-in path. The final outcome was a hybrid of a solar system and a bulls eye. Ideally as I keep getting closer to the centre I will be closer to realizing my goals too.

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Putting it all together

Choosing colours and thickness of the bands

Choosing colours and thickness of the bands

adding words

adding words

I ended up adding colours to the delhi map because it was appearing too blank/white. What do you think ? Was it a wise move or should I have just left it blank?

Final map hanging on the wall.

Final map hanging on the wall.

I hung the map on the bulletin board in our house (its longer than the board). I put it along side some images from India which always cheer me up. Clockwise from left: An Odissi dancer striking a pose ( a university campus map in the back ground), the snake charmer puppet from Rajasthan, pictures of Paintings by Indian artist Manjit Bawa and picture of colourful bangles.

The final dimensions you ask- 26″ long and 10.5 ” wide. I don’t think I will make a scroll out of it though….. may be put it in a frame.

Oh and remember, ” before you head out on your journey, make sure you are carrying the right map and you will be able to find your way home” – yours truly.

Your feedback, critique and comments are all welcome.

Phir Milenge!!

Post 4 : Upcycling Used cardboard boxes

Here’s a small project I recently undertook: Making Alphabet fridge magnets with used cardboard. Its a good way to keep my daughter engaged in the kitchen while I am busy cooking or cleaning. It is very easy and quick project and it only cost me 3$( for magnetic tape and clear tape) as I had the rest of supplies at home. (compare that to a store bought option!)

You’d need: Used Cardboard, scrapbook paper, color markers, Magnetic tape, glue and some clear tape.

I cut the cardboard into 3inch by three inch squares ( i thought that size looked fine and would be easy for my daughter to hold). I then proceeded to draw free hand alphabets on to the cardboard squares and cut the shapes out.Glue some colorful scrapbook paper in the front and stick a piece of magnetic tape on the back. The tape is usually available in all craft stores.

Then I colored the outline of the alphabets with a marker and used broad clear tape to cover the back and front of the alphabets.¬† This is important because children are often nifty enough to peel the magnetic tape off the back and from then you know where it would go …….straight into their mouth. so tape up. Also tape could save the alphabets from getting wet.

Voila! here are the magnets gracing my refrigerator. The good thing is you can easily replace lost or damaged alphabets.

It was a fun activity for me to do and my daughter enjoys the colorful shapes although she doesn’t yet understand what these alphabets are. At some point of time I would like to make magnetic Hindi alphabets too because that is something I wouldn’t find in the toy shops around here.

If you are interested in making these for your home, here are a few points to consider:

1. Make sure your cardboard is clean and was stored in a proper place.

2. Also make sure that all sides of the alphabets are sealed, so that any glue or color would not leak in case the child puts the alphabets in his/her mouth ( which they eventually will).

3. Like with all other toys, Supervise your child at play !! As a parent, you would know what kind of toys your child is inclined to and capable of playing with and their playing habits. Follow your gut when it comes to suitability of this project for your child.

Phir Milenge!!