While I was glumfully thinking how Tuesday, September 15th marked the first 15th of the month paycheck I didn’t get in ten years, other folks were thinking how to celebrate International Dot Day. (Admittedly, a lot more fun!)
So while I confess I didn’t come up with any creative solutions (yet) for bolstering my significantly (understatement!) reduced income, I’m putting those concerns aside to commit to celebrating International Dot Day next year—no matter what (as long as I’m still breathing).
Meantime, here’s what I’m thinking….Next time I have colored paper to three-hole punch, I’ll save the little circles for celebrating International Dot Day when it circles back around this time next year.
I’ll amuse myself by strategically—or, bet yet–randomly positioning one colored dot on an unlined piece of white paper. Then, with pens, pencils, crayons, paints, markers—whichever and however many catch my fancy–I’ll gleefully turn that little nondescript dot into something truly amazing–or at least somewhat interesting.
And if I’m feeling superlatively creative, I’ll start with more than one dot, the more the merrier. Maybe even hundreds of dots. Wow! I can hardly wait. That will really tax my artistry–admittedly hardly existent!
…Now it’s time to make known. I didn’t wake up on International Dot Day this year with this magnificent idea. No. Years ago at a librarian’s conference, I participated in a workshop led by an author-musician team, who displayed a booklet of students’ dot-pictures. How clever! Just one little dot, and off were the students’ imaginations.
Truth be told, the presenters did not suggest a green-friendly dot start. (That part of the idea is “original”–no matter; I’m sure someone somewhere already thought of it.) Rather, they suggested starting with sheets of little colored sticker-dots—certainly a significantly easier/less messier, as well as time- and energy-saving method.
Nice thing about International Dot Day is that it celebrates creativity… So in that spirit, throw out from your mind everything I’ve just suggested.
However many dots, whatever size(s) in however many colors, textures, backings, however they are obtained—let loose. Go for it. See where the dot(s) lead you! …And, please be generous to your family and friends–even to the children. Please share some dots with other creative geniuses!
When you do, would you please share a snapshot of what you have created? Thank you!
Have you ever tried, or think you might try going forward, celebrating International Dot Day?
p.s Well before International Dot Day was invented, remember playing dot-to-dot games in activity books when you were a child? Fun, wasn’t it! Some of the number clues, I’m afraid, might be way too small–glasses or not–for us to read today.