My Latest Hobby to Unlock Creativity

Creativity can be unlocked in many different ways. You can craft stories, write poems, draw things, create an app, write codes, etc. But one of the latest addition to this long list of ways to unlock creativity is 3D printing.

3D printing is a form of additive manufacturing. In this form of manufacturing, objects are built layer by layer starting from the ground up. I’m pretty sure you’ve heard about it before, probably even saw videos of it in YouTube. Perhaps you even have a 3D printer at your home!

My Latest Hobby to Unlock Creativity

I was browsing Reddit when I stumbled upon a post about 3D printing. After reading it and reading people’s comments about it, I started to get curious. However, it’s not as easy as it looks so I had to do my assignment. I looked up about it online and read tons of articles and even books in my local library. Every day after work, I would open my laptop and browse different forums and websites, participating in any discussions that have something to do with 3D printing.

I learned that 3D printing is basically a step by step process:

  1. Create or obtain a 3D model.
  2. Convert the 3D model to STL format.
  3. Convert STL to G-code by using a slicer.
  4. Print the model from the G-code generated by the slicer from the STL file.

Good thing I already have a background in 3D modeling and this is where I can boost and unlock my creativity. In case you are wondering, yes, you can theoretically 3D print anything that comes into mind! All you have to do is to create the 3D model by using your favorite 3D modeling program, convert it to STL, then convert it to G-code and finally print it! And boy it feels really good to hold your virtually crafted model in the palm of your hands! And also, finally you can have non-tech savvy people see your magnificent computer-generated 3D sculpture work of art displayed in your living room. Now they will not ask about what you do the whole day locked up in your room in front of your computer. You can proudly tell them that you are a modern Michelangelo.

3D printing actually began in the 1980s. However, it was limited to industrial uses and costs literally hundreds of thousands of dollars per machine. After the patent for fused deposition modeling (FDM) expired (this is one of the most popular 3D printing technology), 3D printers slowly become available for home consumers with prices dropping from hundreds of thousands to hundreds of dollars. Today, many people have started their 3D printing hobby, including me.

Now back to me. After learning about 3D printing, I thought about how my creations can now be turned into a real-life object. I can create 3D fanarts of my favorite TV shows and use them as a decoration or print a keychain of unique design or even print fully customized, specially-made-for-you toys for my kids! This opened up a new vista to expand my creativity.

3D printing, however, is not just about turning my creations into reality. It can be applied in many different ways. In fact, it’s already applied in manufacturing, medicine, architecture, and custom art. Some people even use 3D printers to create more 3D printers!

Now I hear you asking. What about us who are not good in 3D modeling or art in general? Fear not. There are many websites out there where you can download ready to print or ready to convert 3D models. You can find a list of free 3d printing sites all over the internet.

Now you don’t have to worry about creating models of your own but try to learn 3D modeling. You can easily get started by downloading Blender, a free 3D modeling software.

As for the 3D printing machine itself, there are tons out there to choose from, prices at least $200. You’ll need filaments, they act as the “ink” for the 3D printer. There are many places where I buy filaments in Canada, but I make sure that they are compatible with my 3D printer and with my intended output.

Keep in mind when 3D printing that the slower the printing speed is, the higher the output quality of your final product.

Creative Cosmetics & Cosmetics for Creatives: Adding Your Own Style to Makeup

With so many different makeup products, it can be hard to figure out just how exactly to use these cosmetics, and while most of us aren’t professional makeup artist, we look for the Internet for help. To learn technique is one thing, but if we only stick to the techniques taught through YouTube tutorials or style blogs, we’re all going to end up looking exactly the same!

What’s the fun in that? Makeup in some ways is a like a paint, and we are the canvases. We should use the makeup to express ourselves creatively; all while achieving that desired look to is unique to our personalities.

First, let me say that extremely creative or out there makeup is usually not what’s in trend. The girl who is wearing a natural look is going to get fewer stares than the girl who isn’t afraid of an eyeliner or eye shadow pigments. While there is a time that “out-there” makeup is desired, however, sometimes you’re done with the typical application process and want to add your own touch to every day makeup styles.

Color choices and application styles and techniques tell whether the look belongs to someone bold, shy, natural, sophisticated, modern or old-fashioned. Makeup allows us to have self-expression and individuality. Yet, often, makeup wearers get caught in a rut even though they may want to change it up. Breaking out of this rut can easily be accomplished by getting creative with makeup.

An easy way to first change up your look is take a look at your color choices. Choose colors that will make your eyes pop, or just choose a color that is your favorite for the day! Break away from neutral, beige tones that will seem washed up or overlooked. Eyeshadows with more pigments will offer color that will hold true all day.

If you’re lost for what colors to use, think of themes instead. Feeling tropical? Use tropical colors like pink or teal for eyeshadows, and a pink/ orange hued blush to create a warm effect.  Colors aren’t the only way to change up a look. Application of the color can give a creative feel as well! Usually, eye shadow colors are applied in a horizontal pattern, from inner to outer corner of the eyelid; a more creative choice may be to apply the shadow in a vertical pattern, from top to bottom of the lid.

And for the days you want to truly stand out from the rest, don’t be afraid to play with your eyeliner. Create longer wing tips and extend lines to create butterfly wings, cat eyes, or more definition. Adding eyeshadows and face concealers with glitter can add an extra shimmer.

Really the possibilities of creative makeup go as far as the imagination of the applicator! Don’t be afraid to explore and allow your makeup be as unique and different as you are!

Cooking to Help Creativity and Relieve Stress

Creativity Improvements through Cooking?

With the rise of two income homes, food preparation and cooking has taken a back seat to microwave ovens, processed foods and fast food drive-thrus. This shift away from the kitchen was first initiated in an attempt to alleviate the stress of working moms forced to juggle the multiple roles of work and family. However, the pendulum has swung too far from our knives, counters and cutting boards leaving many forgetting that, in reality, cooking is a wonderful venue to enhance creativity and subsequently, relieve stress.

Cooking is Calming

There is something meditative about chopping an onion or peeling a potato. It is a return to that quiet place within us that nourishes our soul along with our bodies. Food heals.

If this sounds ridiculous or corny, try it sometime. Hone your skills at cutting a carrot, absorb the wonderful smell of garlic slowly sautéing in a little olive oil, enhance your creativity by adding or subtracting ingredients to make a recipe truly your own. Before long, you will not be able to wait to get into your kitchen.

Connect with Your Food

Our culture has seen a disconnect between ourselves and the food we eat, and this is not without consequence. Americans as a whole have become more obese, and our food contains a plethora of additives and ingredients most of which we have never heard of. Our meals are processed, made in assembly lines with the intent to be prepared and ingested quickly, and with that the fine art of cooking has been relegated to a luxury.

Cooking as Creative Expression

Cooking is not just a luxury for those with time. It is a wonderful means of expressing ourselves, relieving the stress of our hectic days and reconnecting to the basic sustenance of our existence. The more time we spend in the kitchen the more we crave the opportunity to experience its lure. Fresh foods cooked by hand, or even recipes our grandparents were familiar with, will take the place of those quick alternatives designed to be nuked and consumed without any thought to the taste or nutritional value.

The more you cook the more you create and relax in the comforts of the kitchen.

Give it a try!

Cooking is more than just a means to an end. It is a cathartic art that when done right, can heal us of more than bad eating habits. So take out a cutting board and heat up some oil. Some people even find calmness in sharpening knives with a whet stone. It is now time to start enjoying the creative and relaxing benefits preparing and cooking our food has to offer.

Unlocking The Right Side of The Brain

Left Versus Right

Have you ever heard of the right side versus left side of the brain theory? To sum it up, the left side of the brain is the analytical side. It’s the side we usually operate in, when we make decisions we analyze and we’re objective.

If I do X, the possible outcomes are A,B,C,D, however if I choose Y the outcomes will be E,F,G. We do it all the time. Even the most trivial decisions often come from this type of thought processing.

Should I attend my friends birthday party?

Yes, because if I don’t she’ll be really mad at me. But I’m not really in the mood to spend the evening in a loud bar. I can’t really afford it either. But she came to celebrate my birthday even though she was sick. It wouldn’t be very fair of me to not attend.

Even, simpler decisions go through this process. What you eat for breakfast is often weighed and calculated.

Right Side of the Brain

The right side of the brain is where our creativity lives. When we tap into the right side of the brain we can often have realizations and ideas that otherwise wouldn’t have come to us. Elizibeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love did a wonderful Ted Talk about creativity and our muses or genius. If you haven’t watched it you should. Seriously it’s really good. She discussed a famous author who would be out in the field working and she could literally feel an idea coming to her. She described it as though the entire ground would shake, and she had to get a pen before it passed her. If the idea swept through the area before she could grab her pen, that was it, she’d lose it.

Where Ideas Come From

Have you ever noticed that ideas come at the strangest times. It’s as if they were ushered from some higher plane to you by some divine entity. There is no logical thought process, it just appears. That is the right side of your brain working. And it’s been argued that the only time, the right side of the brain is allowed to work is when the left side is quieted. This could be during yoga, or meditation. Perhaps, while you’re walking, clearing your mind. A lot of my best ideas occur while I’m relaxing. I lie on a foam roller and gently massage my muscles. It’s essentially a form of meditation for me, I quiet the left side of my brain and allow the right side to drift into thought.

We all have access to creativity, and for some it comes easier than others. But, the critical take away is find an activity to turn off the left part of your brain. Allow logic and reasoning to drift away. Find an activity that allows you to do this. For some it’s doodling, for others meditation or yoga. Allow yourself the time to not think, and you’ll find this is where some of your greatest ideas come from.

 

Boosting Your Creativity

Creativity is something that can be useful for all people in all walks of life. Whether you are a baker, a writer, a computer programmer, a teacher or you could be, just someone who wants to create greatness, being creative can help you attain new ways of finding or solving problem.

Creativity is not a requirement or something that is gained because you need it. Creativity is an attribute that every person possesses. The only difference between the creativity of a great person and yours is that they have been successful in boosting theirs. You are creative, but it is not in the level of Albert Einstein, where he accomplished great things that changed the world.Wait, I am not saying that we need to reach the same level of creativity like the one Einstein had; I just want you to awaken yourself and maximize your creativity.

The purpose of this article is to help you create solutions for everyday problems and come up with ideas that can help pave your way to success.

Ways to Boost your Creativeness

 

Take Care Of Yourself. Getting enough sleep will help your mind process information. Our brain has two hemisphere: the left and the right, which takes care of different functions. The right is for creative tasks while the left is for logical tasks. When you are asleep, these two hemispheres join to process information (which does not happen when you are awake). It will enable you to have a bright light bulb flashing above your head when you wake up in the morning. Try this: before going to sleep, think of a problem you want to solve and voila, when you wake up, you will have a rush of ideas. Sleep isn’t the only aspect that will affect your creativity, eating a healthy diet will increase your creative capacity as well. I’m currently participating in a green smoothie challenge to help me eat right.

Learn and experience new things. Go on and explore new things. If you are doing things such as programming or art, try doing some physical things like basketball or mountain hiking. You can always see that there are interconnections between the skills that you use from programming and basketball: analytical skills. You need to analyze a problem to create a programming solution; you need to analyze enemy team in order to create an effective play in basketball. “If you want something you’ve never had you’ve got to do something you’ve never done.”

Restrict yourself. Look at this quote from Stravinsky: “The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees one’s self”. As a writer, when I need to write something in 400 words when I ought to write it in 700 words, I need to be creative. This forces me to come up with something that I would not be able to think when there’s so much room. Remember the inventors; do you think they will come up with something if they aren’t restricted? If Edison can already communicate to people thousands of miles away, do you think he would come up with great invention? No, therefore, restrictions or limitations allow us to gather ideas and compile them in order to come up with something great.