Monday List; 100 Ideas


+ ks.

I've not had enough list writing time this week - the dregs of end of semester uni work being handed in, working every day, being out, so here is one of my very favourite lists. It is by Keri Smith (and so is the picture above) and is called '100 Ideas'. It makes me happy and inspired every time I read it.
  • write a letter to yourself in the future.
  • buy something inexpensive as a symbol for your need to create (new pen, a tea cup, journal). use it everyday.
  • draw your dinner.
  • find a piece of poetry you respond you. rewrite it and glue it into your journal.
  • glue an envelope into your journal. for one week, collect items you find on the street.
  • expose yourself to a new artist (go to a gallery, or [look] in a book). write [what] moves you about it.
  • find a photo of a person you do not know. write a brief bio about them.
  • spend a day drawing only red things.
  • draw your bike.
  • make a list of everything you buy in the next week.
  • make a map of everywhere you went in one day.
  • draw a map of the creases in your hand (knuckles, palm).
  • trace your footsteps with chalk.
  • record an overheard conversation.
  • trace the path of the moon in relation to where you live.
  • go to a paint store. collect 'chips' of all your favourite colours.
  • draw your favourite tree.
  • take fifteen minutes to eat an orange.
  • write a haiku.
  • hang upside down for five minutes.
  • hang found objects from tree branches.
  • make a puppet.
  • create an outdoor room from things you find in nature.
  • read a book in one day.
  • illustrate your grocery list.
  • read a story out loud to a friend.
  • write a letter to someone you admire.
  • study the face of someone you do not like.
  • make a meal based on a colour theme (i.e., all white).
  • create a museum of very small things.
  • list the smells in your neighbourhood.
  • list one hundred uses for a tin can.
  • fill an entire page in your journal with small circles. colour them in.
  • give away something you love.
  • choose an object; draw the side you can't see.
  • list all the places you've ever lived.
  • describe your favourite room in detail.
  • write about your relationship with your washing machine.
  • draw all of the things in your purse/bag.
  • make a mini book based on the theme "my grocery list".
  • create a character based on someone you know. write a list of personality traits.
  • recall your favourite childhood game.
  • put postcards of art pieces/paintings on the inside of your kitchen cupboard doors, so you can see them every day (but not become deaf to them).
  • draw the same object every day for a week.
  • write in your journal using a different medium (brush & ink, * charcoal, old typewriter, crayons, fat markers).
  • draw the individual items of your favourite outfit.
  • make a useful item using only paper and tape.
  • research a celebration or ritual from another culture.
  • draw a map of your favourite sitting spots in your town/city. photocopy it and give it to someone you like.
  • record all of the sounds you hear in the course of one hour.
  • using a grid, collect various textures from a magazine and play them off of each other.
  • cut out all media for one day. write about the effects.
  • make pencil rubbings of six different surfaces.
  • draw your garbage.
  • do a morning collage.
  • list your ten most important things (not including animals or people).
  • list ten things you would like to do every day.
  • glue a photo of yourself as a child into your journal.
  • transform some garbage.
  • write an entry in your journal in really LARGE letters.
  • collect some 'flat' things in nature (leaves, flowers). glue or tape them into your journal.
  • physically alter a page (i.e., cut a hole, pour tea on it, burn it, fold it, etc.).
  • find several colour combinations you respond to in public. document them using swatches; write where you found them.
  • write a journal entry describing something 'secret'. cut [the page] up into several pieces and glue them back in scrambled.
  • record descriptions or definitions of subjects found in encyclopedias or dictionaries of words you are interested in.
  • draw the outline of an object without looking at the page (contour drawing).
  • what were you thinking just now? write it down.
  • do nothing.
  • write a list of ten things you could do. do the last thing on the list.
  • create an image using dots.
  • do three drawings at different speeds.
  • put a small object in your left pocket (or bag). put your left hand in the pocket. draw [the object] by feel.
  • create a graph documenting or measuring something in your life.
  • draw the sun.
  • create instructions for a simple, everyday task.
  • make prints using food (fruits and vegetables cut in half, fish, etc.).
  • find a photo. alter it by drawing over it.
  • write a letter using an unconventional medium.
  • draw one object for twenty minutes.
  • combine two activities that have not been combined before.
  • write about your day in an encyclopedic fashion (i.e., organise by subject).
  • write a list of all the things you do to escape.
  • cut a random shape out of several layers of a magazine. make a collage out of the results.
  • write an entry in code.
  • make a painting using tools from the bathroom.
  • work with a medium that is subtractive.
  • write about or draw some of the doors in your life.
  • make a postcard that has some activity on it.
  • divise a journal entry using "layers".
  • write your own definition of one of the following concepts (without using the actual word): sitting, waiting, sleeping.
  • list ten of your habits.
  • illustrate the concept of simplicity.