Make a Creative Companion
When we’re self-isolating or on our own, doing some art can help us forget for a time that we feel lonely. When we’ve finished though, it’s nice to have someone to show it to.
Here’s an easy way to make a creative companion.
What you need:
- A Wooden Spoon – or spatula
- A marker pen
- Glue, Pritt stick or sticky tape.
- Something for hair – fluff, wool, paper, whatever you can find ( There is probably some fluff behind the sofa)
Additional materials but not essential – fabric, jewellery, paper, card, string, foil, fruit nets, sticks, leaves, sponge, washcloth, etc.
And for fixing together – glue, safety pins, tape, sticky fixits, string, rubber bands sewing things, scissors etc. Basically whatever you can find at hand.
- Draw a face on the rounded side of the spoon with a marker pen. It can be very simple. It’s amazing how much character 2 dots for eyes can produce. Add a nose and mouth.
- Stick on something to look like hair.
- Have a long look at your companion and begin to observe their character; What are they like? What should they wear? Just a scarf? A hat? A collar and tie? A dress or shawl? A T-shirt? See what you’ve got around your home and stick, sew, tie or tape their accessories on to the spoon.
- Stand them up in a vase or jam jar.
You could ask their name? Show them any art you’ve made. Ask them what they think. Point out the bits you’re pleased with. They could be the strong silent type or they might tell you what they think with a tilt of the head or a blank stare. They might make you laugh. If you don’t agree with them you can make some more, until you have a whole panel of constructive critics, to argue amongst themselves. They’ll be on your side though – because you made them.
Have fun BUT make sure you still have a spare spoon to stir your soup. And don’t forget to share with us what you make.
Julia – artist and trustee for Arts Together.