Thursday, July 4, 2013

The 5-10 Minute Rule

I recently discovered a great blog from artist, Kathy Johnson (K Johnson Art.)
Her blog post, Make Mine Mini, couldn't have resonated with me more than it did today. Lately, I've really been struggling to make creative time for art and to write blog posts. How awful is that? My blog is supposed to be about overcoming these issues! We are not perfect. We are busy. There is only so much time in the day. Our focus will go on vacation without notice and we will all lose our balance from time to time.
For me, I don't know if it's because it's summertime or if something imperceptible has changed and it's throwing my focus off but it's becoming plain frustrating as days go by and I find myself going to bed at night wondering where the evening went (got home, got Katie a snack, walked dog, cleaned kitchen, made dinner, cleaned kitchen again, washed wet swimsuits, towels, and clothes from backpack from camp, played game, walked dog again.....ok I guess I get my own point)
One thing to keep in mind is that if you are a creative type but you have a full time job (hey let's face it everyone has bills to pay) and a family and other responsibilies, these things will take priority over your art-time in your life. Obviously, your kids and family come first and your job is certainly not an option!

Kathy Johnson talks about following the 5-10 minute rule and I love it. I'm going to try this as a way to make sure I get things going and do a little art every day. Kathy writes:
"When I began working in mixed media several years ago I started with some square panels of wood that were 2.5" x 2.5" on up to about 5.5" x 5.5". I never intended to make it a habit of working on a such small scale but it was fun so I kept at it. Only problem was I never felt like I had enough time for creating. I can't remember where but I read about the "5-10 minute rule" that it sounded worth giving a try. I would pop into my studio for 5-10 minutes in the morning before I left for work, glue a few things, cut or paint a few papers, then get in another 5-10 minutes when I got home and sometimes again before I went to bed. I was amazed at how much could be accomplish this way. I'm lucky enough to have some bigger blocks of time these days but I can still put that rule into action when the schedule gets crazy and creativity time is hard to come by." (Click here to read entire blog post)

Here are some of my 5-10 minute Art Journal pages that are in progress.
I will post photos as they progress (a few minutes at a time) so be sure to check back to see how they develop!


  1. Hi Michelle, These pages are wonderful! I'm so glad you found this idea helpful. I think you will be amazed at how much you'll be able to accomplish this way. Finding the time is such a challenge - as you say we are all so busy. By the time I get home from work I'm pretty tired and not feeling very inspired. If I can make myself go sit in the studio for a few minutes those 5, 10 or 15 minutes will always get me energized. Of course, I absolutely love it when I have bigger blocks of time to create but those mini moments really keep me going. Looking forward to your future posts to see your pages as they progress.

    1. Kathy,
      Thank you for your comment! I agree, it is a challenge to find inspiration after a day at work! Thanks to you, hope is restored! I'm looking forward to putting the 5-10 minute rule into action! Hope I don't disappoint as I post my updates! :-)


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