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What Are Play Starter Prompts?

What if you always had a way to get started, no matter what supplies you had on hand or how much or little time you had to play? That’s what the Play Starter Prompt is all about.

Beginning, that first step, is the most important step to take. Why? Because if you don’t take that step you can’t take the next one and the next one and the next one.

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with just one step.”

It sounds so simple, but I’ve found starting to one of the hardest things to do. Especially when I need it the most. This is when I’m stuck in my head and every idea I come up with “isn’t good enough”, not right, or I don’t feel like it’s going to work.

Play Starter Prompts are what I use to get the play started and I’m sharing them each week with you so you too have a place to start your play. The good news is, play is like a muscle, so the more you do it, the easier it is to do!

The way these works is each week, during a livestream inside the free Play Sparks Facebook group, I randomly grab a word and then create based on that word. I have zero idea what the word is until you do and that often leads to some interesting moments.

So what are the rules to the Play Starter Prompts?

  1. Connect what you create any way you want, however loosely, to the prompt.

That’s the only rule, and it’s barely a rule at all!

  • You can use any art supply (or non art supply)
  • You can do just a little or a lot
  • No deadlines, you can do it the day it’s posted or three weeks later

These prompts can be interpreted literally, figuratively, or any other way you want! Let me give you an example here using the Play Starter Prompt #rotating

  • Turn the paper you’re working on
  • Spin an art supply (such as a pen or gel plate or anything else you’re using)
  • Do the opposite and don’t rotate it
  • Drawing/stamping/sewing an image of the sun because it is something we rotate around
  • Using spray ink that you rotated to shake up before you sprayed with it.
  • Making or cutting some kind of gear or things that rotate or turn

There isn’t any wrong answers to this! It’s all how you interpret it! The goal isn’t to get a “right” answer, it’s to start playing!

Each livestream is 10-20 minutes long. Naturally, they’re recorded so you can watch them whenever you want but the perk of being there live is you get to ask questions and I’ll answer them live.

When is the next one? There’s a schedule of this month’s weekly livestream times posted in the featured or announcements section of the Play Sparks Facebook group. They happen at different times on different weeks to allow as many people as possible to attend- and since these are just 10-20 minute play sessions, they’re a great way to take a recharging play break during the day!

Ready to have some fun? Then come be a part of the next Play Starter Live happening inside the Play Sparks Facebook group!