Creating items or making crafts can be a great way of helping us explore our thoughts and ideas as we make the transition through midlife. Also, as we become more appreciative of the world we inhabit, we become better at noticing things around us. As a result we become better at capturing what we see on paper, even if our results are never destined to published or hung in a gallery!
Some people may have had bad experiences in art classes in school and now believe they aren’t creative. Don’t worry, the ideas on this site don’t require you to be able to create perspective or blend colors from opposite sides of the color wheel!
The ideas offer ways to tap into your talents and unfulfilled desires. The projects require you only to tear and cut things out of magazines, arrange them in a way that appeals to you – and to occasionally color in blocks of text. Now that doesn’t sound so difficult, does it?
The bottom line is that you are creating these things for your own enrichment and pleasure. There is absolutely no requirement that you share your work or have it critiqued. I suggest that you carefully pick who you share your work with if you have lingering feelings of doubt about your skills!
Creating projects is a great way to rediscover yourself, and letting the lost pleasures from your earlier life back into your current life. It is also about thinking what you want to get from the rest of your life, and using words and images to work out and visualize where you want your life to go. In addition to your common sense and intuition, there has been research carried out that found that if you know what you are looking for you’re more likely to find it.
Sometimes we also want guidance, reassurance that our gut feeling is what we should go with, and art projects can help provide this support. They can also simply provided us with objects we have created that we like to look at! However you feel about being creative, approach these projects with an open mind and see what you find.