For those of you wanting a little creative break today, here’s a roundup of amusing and inspiring sites I’ve mentioned before. Some people call these time-wasters, but since they all stimulate creativity, I consider them time very well spent!
Sketch Swap: Draw something with your cursor and submit it, then receive a picture someone else created.
This is Sand: Click on the tiny gray box at the top left of the screen for instructions. You can use your cursor to drop digital sand of different colors and create beautiful virtual designs.
Magnetic Poetry: An electronic version of the refrigerator magnets that turn us all into poets.
Language is a Virus: A variety of inspirational devices including writing prompts, a character name generator, a poetry generator, the text collage, madlib poems, the haiku-a-tron and much more.
Passtime: Three “creative time wasters,” including instructions on writing a haiku using the phone book.
Wordle: Turn your words into a cloud.
Mr. Picasso Head: Have fun with this this twist on the childhood “Mr. Potato Head” game.
Right Brain vs. Left Brain Creativity Test: Take this test to learn which side of your brain is dominant.
String Spin: Click and draw with your cursor, watch your sketch rotate in 3D, then hit the button that puts it into full spin to create amazingly intricate patterns.
Character Description Generator: Use this to create quirky people for fun or fiction writing.
Still Life: Create a still life in the style of the Masters with this imaginative interactive website from the National Gallery of Art. Note: It may take a couple of minutes to download, but it’s well worth the wait.
Collage Machine: Another fun site from the National Gallery of Art: create a collage online.
Animation Station: Make your own animated cartoon.
Matisse’s Pieces: Pretend you’re Henri Matisse as you position, size and color various shapes to create your own cutout.
Make Your Own Music: Click on the squares to activate different tones, then listen as they produce gorgeous music when they touch each other.
Doodle Pad: Choose your color from the rows of crayons at the bottom, choose the thickness of the line using the slider at the top, and doodle away.
Splash Paint: Make virtual abstract designs with this fun online paint program.
Draw a Stickman: Draw a stickman, then help him out as he gets into trouble. Choose from two fun adventures.
Conduct a Band: Create and conduct your own beatbox or a capella band.