• Ingela Johansson, Zenart

Reclaim your creative courage

Updated: May 8, 2020

Why playing can give you the one million dollar idea

Professor Matti Bergström has spent his life researching the brain. He is convinced that to be creative we need to protect our "childbrain". This is where the ideas and creativity are born and it is all from play and dreams.

A photo of Ingela Johansson creating outdoors.
Playing with creativity

So when we say to ourselves or to our children: That is just play or you are just daydreaming we are taking away the importance of the key to creativity and ideas.

It is where chaos and order meet that we can create life changing ideas.

One way of playing is to put a few large slabs of color on one side of a paper and then fold it over and press over the paper to fold it up and discover a new pattern of color. It is just fun, and you can't really control the outcome. But, you can repeat it as many times as you want and once it has dried you can add another layer, and of course you do change the colors.

If it has been a while since you have been drawing and painting, challenge your courage to make a few marks to play.  Using crayons can be a great start, a couple of weeks ago I did just that. Me and a childhood friend sat by the lake with a big piece of wallpaper. We started with watercolor crayons, ended up walking on it, putting it into the lake, adding more color, folding, pressing, adding more color and listening to a great play list. Time stood still and the sun was shining. It was creative wellness in color. In those moments you get your best new ideas, and so much energy. The photo below is from that day.

One of the chapters in the upcoming book and card deck is all about this. It is titled courage to color. This is a very good idea, to keep creating just for fun! It will also lower your stress hormone in less than 30 min.

I would love to hear from you about what you dared, and what happened when you dared to let go. Thank you for being part of the Zenart community, and the online courses are open for you to start when the time is right.

All the best Ingela Johansson

#innovation #Creativity #flow

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