As those of you who know me well, I have found such a fantastic stress-buster but also a way to be creative in a new way: Polyvore. Created originally as a fashion sharing/selling site, its easy-to-use layered collage software called the "clipping tool" has enriched my life so much. For me it's like a free Lumosity; I have to constantly use this aging brain, but it also has become a psychological/spiritual tool as well. It takes me about 15-30 minutes to create a set and I pin each set to my Pinterest account and often share my creations on Facebook. I also print each set out twice. One copy goes in my Polyvore scrapbook and the second copy is cut apart and the pieces are often used in my art journals or SoulCollage® cards. You can see all my sets to date at Redondowriter's Polyvore.
Part of the Polyvore experience can be entering the variety of "contests" that are always available in the groups that you join. My groups are all in the art and expression category. The moderator of a group calls creation guidelines for contest sets. I have only entered 3 contests and won none, but I just love entering nonetheless. I'm not a trained artist, but I am a well-trained writer. The contests give me the same rush as writing to a topic or subject.
The three black and white Polyvores I'm sharing here were created for the Creative Coalition's black and white clip art contest. They were far more challenging than creating in color. The guidelines said, "Create an ART set using only black and white (grey's ok) clipart/illustrations. A *hint* of _one_ other color is ok. B&W text ok too." I don't easily think out of the box with my art but I find myself beginning to. The trick for me is to find copyright free images from the Internet to put into my Items folder.