My desk was overflowing again, putting me in an agitated mood. It was time to organize it - not my favorite activity. How could I make this more fun? How could I honor important items on my desk that were now in disarray?
As I was about to throw away the large box my boots came in
(I was saving it in case I returned them – ha! that didn’t happen)
I noticed that the box fit perfectly next to my printer that I had taken off my desk and placed on my Chinese chest. This box could hold my current projects, giving them a special home!
How could I make this box more attractive? I took out my acrylic paints and first covered the large logo on the lid. I then painted a bronze color and used the pattern on my paper towels to create a woven impression. Next I put an orange wash over the bronze and used the paper towels again
to carry on the woven pattern. Lastly I took turquoise paint and with my finger ran it along the edge of the lid
to accent it.
Taking that extra 30 minutes to beautify this area of my desk really made a difference and it was fun. I used recycled materials and didn’t spend a dime on this custom storage container.
Integrating creativity into everyday tasks takes them from mundane to inspiring. Try it with organizing different areas in your studio and home – create small areas of beauty and peace. Make a mandala casserole – creating veggie swirls. How about arranging your clothes or books by color? Opportunities are endless.
Judy Shintani is an artist, mentor, guide, transformative art facilitator