Monday, 15 September 2014

International Dot Day

Today, 15th September, is International Dot Day.  It is based on the children's picture book by Peter H. Reynolds called The Dot, in which a teacher encourages a child to use their creativity to build their confidence.  You can read all about International Dot Day, here.

I think this is a wonderful idea.  Clearly it is mostly aimed at teachers but the idea behind it is inspiring for everyone.

I love the idea that creativity is used to encourage and develop self-esteem.  There is a spirit of creativity in us all, it just needs to be nurtured.

My daughters are all grown up now and I love the way they have developed their own individual styles of creativity.  But being creative is a life long journey.  Even as adults we can still be brave and challenge ourselves to extend our creativity.

I have a journal that the girls gave me for my birthday.  I've been saving it up as I wanted to use it for something special.

Today, I'm going to start using this journal.  Belatedly I've come across the Documented Life Project.  Each week there is a new idea to be incorporated in your journal.

I'm going to use the ideas from this challenge to fill my journal with drawings and collages.  I don't feel confident in my drawing skills but every drawing starts with a dot, and if you don't try it you'll never know how good you could be.

So go on, it's International Dot Day, unleash the spirit of creativity in yourself and others.


  1. Hi Janet,
    Oh now that is very inspiring, had a very brief look at the site and it looks such a good idea, it would also make a wonderful gift, to print the details and buy a journal-that I will store firmly in my head and as I am writing this am contemplating who I could give it to, or keep myself!!! probably the latter-I have this selfish streak in me ha ha.
    Lovely post, thank you.

    1. Hi Helen, yes it would make a great gift, a lovely idea.


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