Creativity is recklessness. I mean that in the most lofty use of the term. As in the way Henry Brooks Adams uses it here: “The spring is here, young and beautiful as ever, and absolutely shocking in its display of reckless maternity.”
Here are ten quick ways guaranteed (or your money back!) to stimulate creative deconstruction.
1. Find an old book and grab a felt marker and doodle over the top of:
⸋ The Cover
⸋ The Title Page
⸋ The Copyright Page
⸋ Find random beautiful words or phrases, circle them and turn down the corners of those pages
2. Find an old piece of notebook paper, tear it into strips and make a paper chain.
3. Make artistic prints using an ink pad and cut vegetables. (i.e. cut a bell pepper in half and dip the edges in the ink pad for a beautiful pattern)
4. Infuse a random piece of paper with a smell of your choosing.
5. Find a piece of paper and trace your hand.
6. Gather all your pocket lint, grab some glue and create a masterpiece.
7. Draw with glue.
8. Glue a photo of yourself you dislike in a random place and deface.
9. Write or draw with your left hand—or right if you are a lefty. (see graphic)
10. What deconstructively creative and delightful idea can YOU brainstorm as #10?*These 9 ways are “creatively” adapted from a delightful book by Keri Smith called Wreck This Journal.