There are many different mediums that can be used for tapping into our creativity. It can be fun giving different artistic methods a go in order to find the ones that you connect with the most. Here are some examples of different creative mediums that can be used:
Creating shapes from Plasticine or clay
Creating music and songs
Painting or drawing
Making a collage
knitting, sewing or felting
Doodling is the first creative method I will be covering in this series of blogs.
Doodling is often thought of as a spontaneous activity used to stave off boredom. Whether that be in a dull lecture or meeting or whilst on the telephone. Doodling is is a simple activity that requires little effort, skill or time, yet it can have a powerful impact on our minds and emotions. A psychologist called Jackie Andrade (2010) carried out a study that suggested doodling creates the right amount of stimulus to keep our brains active, rather than wondering off, which results in greater memory recall.
In 1938 Mclay et al. suggested that doodling is frequently used when:
waiting for an idea for solving a crossword puzzle... seeking inspiration, preparing lessons.... It serves not only as a recreation from concentrated work but also from mechanical repetitive activities like "memorizing", "transposing music"
Mclay et al (1938) suggests that doodling “may be an outlet for motor tension” and a “distraction of their [the doolers] thoughts from unpleasant contents.”
So doodling not only reduces boredom and engages our creativity but it can aid memory, concentration, bring inspiration, whilst reducing negative thinking and physical tension. So whilst on the surface doodling can appear as a rather pointless activity there are many benefits to engaging in it.
So, pick up that pen or pencil, give it a go and see what you think. If it’s not for you then I will be continuing these blogs for other creative ideas you can try
Andrade, Jackie (2010) What does doodling do? Applied Cognitive Psychology, January 2010, Vol.24(1), pp.100-106
Mclay, W.S., Guttmann, M.D., and Mayer-Gross M.D., (1938) Spontaneous Drawings as an Approach to some Problems of Psychopathology: Published in Journal Proceedings of the Royal Society of Medicine. 31(11). Pg. 1337.