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This Simple But Awesome Project Proves Anyone Can Be Creative

by Laura Caseley
Laura is a writer, illustrator, and artist living in New York City.

Just because you have a day job doesn’t mean you can’t be an artist, too.

Take Anamaria Brio, for instance.

This London-based economist used to spend hours drawing when she was younger, but, as it happens all too often, life got in the way and suddenly, there was no time for art.

However, getting creative is good for you. It can help boost problem-solving skills and reduce stress and, like this creative iPhone photographer proves, it doesn’t have to be a huge, time-consuming endeavor.

After seeing a documentary on doodling, Brio decided that she really needed to get back into the groove of drawing.

The project was simple. She traced her hand and then filled it in with whatever came to her. She would do this each day for one full year. As of now, she’s getting close to 100 doodles.

Check out Brio’s handiwork (pun intended) below and get inspired. Would you try a project like this? You might surprise yourself!

(h/t: BoredPanda)

Brio kept things simple. She traced her hand onto a notebook page, and then filled in the outline with doodles.

Brio kept things simple. She traced her hand onto a notebook page, and then filled in the outline with doodles.

She took her inspiration from just about everywhere, and came up with all kinds of creative designs.

She took her inspiration from just about everywhere, and came up with all kinds of creative designs.

Some were very complex, full of fine details.

Some were very complex, full of fine details.

Others were simple, but still striking.

Others were simple, but still striking.

She didn't overthink it, but simply let her creative side take over. That's the best way to do it!

She didn't overthink it, but simply let her creative side take over. That's the best way to do it!

Sometimes she took inspiration from other artists, like this take on Piet Mondrian's classic squares.

Sometimes she took inspiration from other artists, like this take on Piet Mondrian's classic squares.

Other times, she was inspired by pop culture.

Other times, she was inspired by pop culture.

Each day, her doodles emerged beautifully, and, just like each day itself, no two were ever alike.

Each day, her doodles emerged beautifully, and, just like each day itself, no two were ever alike.

They're just simple doodles of hands, but they're totally fascinating to look at!

They're just simple doodles of hands, but they're totally fascinating to look at!

And the best part? Anyone can do this. It only takes a few minutes, and you can do it while watching TV, chatting on the phone, or even at a meeting! Just don't let your boss see.

And the best part? Anyone can do this. It only takes a few minutes, and you can do it while watching TV, chatting on the phone, or even at a meeting! Just don't let your boss see.

Each doodle is delightful in its complete uniqueness.

Each doodle is delightful in its complete uniqueness.

They also prove that getting artistic and tapping into your inner creativity doesn't have to be a huge project.

They also prove that getting artistic and tapping into your inner creativity doesn't have to be a huge project.

If you’d like to see more of Brio’s hands, you can check out the album dedicated to the project on Facebook.

And if you’ve been yearning for a creative outlet but don’t know where to start, this is a great project to try. Just grab a notebook and some markers and go wild!

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