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I like to discover and collect quotes - especially quotes on Creativity. Check out the great quotes on these sites:
Pick out your favorite quotes from these sources and then note them down on index cards, your laptop or tablet. You'll then have a ready source of quotes to use in your Art Journal.
I'm submitting this post for the fourteenth day of Art Every Day Month which is related to Creativity.
I like what Drew says about controlling your personal environment: "Creativity demands, at least to some degree, a certain amount of empty space. We need to find a way to give our imagination that blank creative canvas where it can experiment, reconnect, and play around with all of those images and ideas that we have absorbed from the world around us."
I can identify with the idea of cultivating an empty space. Every day, I need to spend quiet time alone to help me generate new ideas for my art - and refresh my spirit.
Take some time to read the rest of this post. Then start generating some Creative Fire Today!
Here is my Art Journal Page for the tenth day of Art Every Day Month.
"Make a Creativity Room. Designate a physical space for creativity in the house and include objects related to hobbies, mementos from favorite memories, and vision boards featuring possible projects for the future. Not enough space? Try a creativity corner in a single room. That way, says Greatist Expert Dr. Mark Banschick, the brain will get into the habit of being creative every time you're in that area."
Make sure that you read the other 35 tips in this article - and then start boosting your creativity today.
Here is my Art Journal page for the fourth day of Art Every Day Month in November 2013.
You may also be interested in this post which Melanie wrote on Ten Spectacular Creative Cures. I think I'm going to try Cure #6.:
Make inspiration cards. Every time an idea or inspiration strikes, write it down on its own note card. Then at the end of each day review your cards and see if you notice a pattern.
In need of a little creative push today? Then read these two posts on 12 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently (Part I andPart II) written by Harish. He is founder of the Launch Your Genius site.
The posts include inspiring Action Tips and Quotes. Here's two of my favorite quotes:
Later, check out this CREATIVITY Call to Action! poster, from Harish, on the sidebar of his site. Next step? Begin creating!
Image from Launch Your Genius site
Make sure that you read the rest of the tips for more great ideas. In fact, why not print them out for future review? I already printed the article.
I was doing some reorganizing and I came across my Creative Whack Pack which was developed by Roger von Oech. I have the original deck of cards. However, you can also purchase the Creative Whack Pack App for your iPad or iPhone.
I shuffled through the deck and came across this card: Do Something To It.
I have been working on some new ideas for mixed-media art projects so this card's message was perfect for me. I've always enjoyed Roger's books and related products - and used them when I worked in Marketing.
Visit his site and click on the link beside his photo and get your Creative Whack for the day.
Need some fresh ideas to pump up your Monday? Then check out this article, 20 Ideas from Creativity Connoisseurs To Inspire Your Imagination written by Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Here are two quotes from the article:
Make sure you check out the rest of the article and then put some of the ideas into action for yourself today.
Here's another source on the topic of Creativity. Check out this post written by creativity expert, Michael Michalko - 101 Tips on How to Become More Creative. These ideas are tips to help you change your usual mental thinking patterns. Here are a few of the ideas that I especially liked:
Choose a tip from Michalko's list and put it into action today.
For insightful articles on Creativity, visit Michael Michalko's Web site, Creativity Thinking. There you will find creativity exercises, articles, techniques and more.
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If you regularly read my blog, you know that I love exploring the topic of creativity.
And what's even better than creativity to me are tips to increase creativity - which brings me to 51 Ways to Explode Your Creativity from the DUDYE site. In fact, I even love the opening paragraph of their post:
"Creativity is the ability to find solutions to problems differently and with added value. Creativity is thinking about perception, its using thought as a tool to be more fluid and flexible. The purpose of creativity is to change or to flow with change. Creativity is therefore heretic, it's disruptive, it changes assumptions, it kicks in doors, it faces fear and it destroys conformity."
Check the tips out - Print them up - Tack them on your wall. Then when it's time to create, you'll be ready to go get 'em.
I discovered this post on the write to done site - Seven Steps to Creativity - How to have Ideas written by Simon Townley of WriteMindset. Although the article is targeted primarily to writers, I believe mixed-media artists, and bloggers too, could benefit from the ideas.
Basically, the steps come down to:
However, to get the full benefit of this article, check out the complete post
Get Your Monday in High Gear and Jumpstart Your Creativity Today!
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Via The Creative Mind site, developed by Douglas Eby, I discovered this interesting article entitled, Creative Catalysts written by Gail McMeekin. The author offers these tips to help arouse your natural creative gifts.
Here are a few of the ideas that I especially liked:
1. Keep a daily excitement list about WHY you are passionate and committed to your exploration or project
9. Find a symbol or prop that represents your project and carry it around with you.
19. Collect objects like your project and keep them in a basket to ponder.
McMeekin suggests that you try 3 of the 25 strategies to jump-start your creativity! Check out her article to read the complete list of 25 Creative Catalysts.
Also, take some time to explore Douglas Eby's other sites for more information on creativity.
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This post was written by Kim Phillips*. To read this article in its entirety, visit 12 MOST.
Lots of juicy, informative Lists on this site - Check them out!
*Kim Phillips is the founder of Lucid Marketing and author of the "Lucid at Random" blog. With over 30 years of experience in corporate advertising for a major financial institution, sales and marketing, Kim provides clients with marketing communication strategies, branding, content management and creative services. She is a teacher and speaker, and she finds time for musings and the occasional rant on her personal blog. You can connect with Kim on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Here's a little background on his site in Leo's own words:
"Zen Habits is about finding simplicity in the daily chaos of our lives. It’s about clearing the clutter so we can focus on what’s important - create something amazing - and find happiness."
"The site also happens to be one of the Top 25 Blogs and Top 50 Websites in the world with about 250,000 readers."
Take some time to tool around his inspiring site. New viewers should start here: The Beginner’s Guide to Zen Habits: A Guided Tour.
Read a few of his posts and you're bound to get your weekend off to a positive beginning.
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Via Innovation Tools, I found these Eye Wire Creativity Cards in a PDF format. Cut out these cards and paste them on index cards. Then use them when you need a creative jolt.
Choose a card - Do the exercise - and Apply the new creative solution to your next mixed-media art project. Include a few extra, blank index cards so that you can record your own ideas for Creativity Cards
Although Innovation Tools is targeted toward business executives, there are many informative articles on the site that may help you jumpstart new ideas for your art projects.
In his book, How To Be More Creative, David D. Edwards believes that a “Creative attitude allows you to establish a mental environment in which your creativity can flourish.” Conditions which foster, and inhibit, creativity include:
Willing Suspension of Judgment
Sensitivity and Awareness
Openness to Experience
Sense of Psychological Safety
Absence of Evaluation and Criticism
Quiet, Relaxing Times
Each day, try to eliminate the creativity inhibitors in your life. Instead, encourage a creative attitude by working on the the creativity builders on the left side of the chart.
I've always been interested in the field of Art Therapy. Ironically, I came across this informative post - 100 Excellent Art Therapy Exercises for Your Mind, Body, and Soul on a Nursing Schools site.
Although these are Art Therapy exercises, I believe you can also use many of the ideas as Art Journaling prompts.
Categories include: Emotions, Relaxation, Happiness, Portraits, Trauma & Unhappiness, Collaging, Self, Gratitude, Inside the Mind and Miscellaneous.
Check it out - You may just find an exercise that will jumpstart your creativity for the day. If you don't have time to do an exercise today, save the link for your next art making session.
Photo by yurigordon from the We Love Typography site
In the upper-right hand, corner box of the site, type in a word and discover wonderful typography. I typed in Baroque and this is one of the designs that appeared.
Tanner says, "This is the simplest manifesto you’ll ever see for creatives, and it’s that way because it works. Save it to your desktop, post it on your blog or Facebook wall, share with the creatives you know. Never forget."
For many years now, I have been practicing this premise. On a daily basis, I create some form of art, whether it's a collage, a quick sketch - or a more involved mixed-media project.
Via the The Guardian, I came across this provocative post, Top artists reveal how to find creative inspiration. Lots of good stuff here.
I hope I provided you with a shot of inspiration today. Now, go out there and Create!
Via the Medieval Muse blog, I found this thought-provoking post, 19 Reasons Why You’re Not Making Headway (and 19 Things You Can Do Today to Change It) written by C.A. Kobu.
Kobu is the host of the Wake Up and Flourish...Because the World Needs Your Shine blog. She calls herself an Creative Alchemist™ and Project Midwife.™
I especially agree with Kobu's suggestion to Pursue Something that Excites You or Fires You Up. She further cautions that, If you aren't 100% passionate, you will fail miserably. Check out her post for more great ideas on how to make headway with your creative projects.
Illustration: Oscar Ramos Orozco from The 99% site
I know that I just recently mentioned The 99% site, but today I found another inspiring article that I think you might like entitled, Collected Wisdom: 25 Bits of Advice on Making Ideas Happen compiled by Todd Anderson. Check out the above, cool illustration from Oscar Ramos Orozco.
These Bits of Advice are so good that I'm going to print them out and regularly refer to them.
I'm thrilled to report that my Bird Collage is featured on the Daily Truths post from the Brave Girls Club. Thank you so much Melody and Kathy!
In addition to sending inspiring Daily Truths to subscribers, the Brave Girls Club also sponsors online classes. These include: Soul Restoration, Brave Girls Camp and Life Art A La Carte courses. Find out more details here. You're going to love what you see.
As you probably remember, I'm always searching for ideas on how to be more creative and/or inspired. Today, I came across this neat article on the HOW Web site entitled: 10 Ways to Get Inspired by the World Around You. The article was written by Sam Harrison.
Although HOW is targeted to graphic designers, I believe this article applies to everybody who is involved in the Arts.
How do you get inspired?
I'm always interested in tips to increase my creativity, especially on rainy days like today. I found this entertaining and insightful article, Outside the Box Creativity Tips, written by Chris Dunmire.
Chris is a creativity enthusiast, humorist, artist, writer and workshop leader,who lives for inspiring people of all ages to embrace, engage, explore, and express creativity. She is also the founder of the well-known Creativity Portal.
So what do you think? Will you try one of these tips today?
Sometimes, I’ll have days when I can’t immediately settle down to serious art making. At these times, I need to slowly ease myself into producing art. Here are some creative starts that I use to help me get into flow.
Stuck in a rut? Then read Jenn Joyner's article, Ten Ways to Revive Your Creativity. Joyner is a columnist for the Handmade News blog, billed as the largest handmade craft blog on earth for artisans by artisans
In fact, take a little time to review the site to get news on the latest trends, marketing and business tips, inspiration and lots more.
Last week, I was driving to work and worrying about my busy schedule for that day. Suddenly, the words on a billboard caught my attention, Believe in Something Better.
Although the sign was promoting a cellular service, and not good vibes, I realized how the words could relate to my current day as well as any other day in my life.
I've now adopted those billboard words and use them whenever a dark cloud of a thought, or concern, overcomes me. So, if you're having a frustrating day today - or an art project isn't working out, take a minute to Believe in Something Better. It may just come true.
Many painters like to make thumbnail sketches before they commit to creating art on canvas. I've discovered that making artist trading cards (ATCs) or inchies often give me new ideas for larger mixed-media art pieces.
I usually begin with a playful approach by sorting through my files of images and text. I might also look though old catalogs, brochures and magazines. I choose pictures and/or words that catch my attention - and then I begin arranging the pieces of paper on an ATC, or inchie, blank card. After I'm satisfied with my selections, I finish the small work of art by gluing the pieces down.
I created this ATC with no particular goal in mind. After it was finished, I decided that there may be some possibilities for a larger work done on canvas, with acrylic paint. But I might use different designs, colors or fonts. I liked what the message, on the card, was telling me.
How do you come up with your ideas!
Whether you're seeking new designs for your art projects or your small craft business, it helps to write down your ideas. To make sure that you don't forget any fresh insights that you've come up with, try keeping an Idea Notebook.
I created my Idea Notebook from an inexpensive composition book which I purchased from a discount store. I made the label with card stock and rubber stamps.
Once you begin writing down your ideas, the magic starts to happen and even more ideas come tumbling forth from your imaginative spirit. Just remember to carry the Idea Notebook with you every where you go. Your goal is to capture every idea that you dream up. Later on, you can review your notebook and further refine your ideas - and keep the ones that will work for you.
A Single Idea Can Transform a Life, a Business, a Nation, A World. - Dan Zadra
A while back, I saw the above quote on Pam Garrison's blog. I love ideas!!! When I come up with new ideas, I hold them tightly to my heart for the promise that they may ultimately bring.
I believe that ideas are like fragile little buds that have to be carefully nurtured. You can't give up on them too soon or they will wither away beyond your grasp. You need to record your ideas. Then, you can reflect back on your initial creative bursts - and grow them into full-fledged opportunities or projects.
When I work in my Studio, or troll the Internet, torrents of ideas seem to floor my mind. Usually, I grab the closest scrap of paper and jot down my thoughts for safe keeping. These little paper scraps eventually pile up. And then I become dismayed at the mess that I created on my desk.
I did try to neatly record, and organize, my ideas in a small, hardcover book. But, when new inspirations came to me, I soon started scribbling my thoughts all over the pages of the book in a Mad Hatter-type of frenzy. So I gave up on organizing my ideas and decided to be messy.
Months later, when I sort through my paper scraps, or scribbled book pages, I rediscover these small treasures of thoughts. And then I am so glad that I saved them because they inspire me anew to create future projects.
What do you do with your ideas?
In the recent issue of Body & Soul magazine, I read an article which quoted Martin Boroson, author of One-Moment Meditation: Stillness for People on the Go. He talked about fitting meditation into all those little "lost" moments that people generally think of as a waste of time, e.g., being stuck in traffic or standing in line at the grocery store, etc.
Boroson says, "Most of the time we fail to realize the enormous potential of a moment." He goes on to say, "The word 'moment' actually comes from a Latin word that means a particle sufficient to turn the scales." Boroson believes "A moment can be revolutionary. It can turn your life around."
I liked what he said about moments and thought of applying his ideas to my own daily art work. After all, isn't creating art the ultimate meditation? I know that there are many moments in my day when I can fit in a quick sketch, whether I'm at home or sitting in the waiting room of the doctor's office.
I also thought of moments that I could salvage during the down times of my day. I already have developed the habit of sketching, at night, while the TV is on. But I could probably produce more paintings, if I put my watercolor paints, brushes and water container out on my studio table - and/or in a corner of my kitchen counter - ready for use.
For today's post, I acutally did a quick sketch using some "found" moments. I'm intrigued by this idea of "revolutionary" moments and I hope to explore this topic again.What will you do with your moments today?
When I look at mixed-media magazines, and the Web sites/blogs of artists and crafters, I notice that hearts frequently appear in creative works of art. I'm also very fond of hearts and regularly use them in my art.
Make Art from the Heart may sound like a cliche but I do believe we create our art from the deepest parts of our soul and spirit. And that this passion shows through in our creations. Whenever I finish an art piece, I always feel a profound sense of satisfaction - similar to a big sigh of contentment. I guess that's why I enjoy creating art daily.
This morning, I played with some heart shapes just for fun. What did you create today?
I'm always on the lookout for ideas to increase my creativity. Amy, from the Art and Illustration blog pikaland, recently posted an article about Inspiring Creativity: 9 Tips to be More Creative. The article is a recap of a talk she gave on Etsy's Virtual Labs. You can read the article here.
She also publishes the Good to Know Project which is a zine that is "full of advice and inspiration from artists/illustrators/designers on creativity, business and life." I always feel refreshed after I hear the views of other artists. Fill up on some creativity at Amy's blog.
Recently, I was surfing the Internet looking for more information on doodling and I came across the Zentangle site.
According to the site, "Zentangle is an easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. It is a fascinating new art form that is fun and relaxing. It increases focus and creativity. Zentangle provides artistic satisfaction and an increased sense of personal well being."
Check out the site for more information and examples of this art form. There's even a kit which you can purchase. Here is my take on Zentangle. I decided to include female images. Try creating a Zentangle today - It really is a lot of fun.
In "The Creativity Book," author Eric Maisel, PhD, encourages creative people to invest in erasable boards (i,e, white boards).
He suggests using the boards to:
I used a large (3' by 4') erasable board when I wrote my second book. But when I moved, I gave it away. I recently purchased a smaller (blue) board to keep track of mixed-media art projects, generate new ideas and display art. Try purchasing an erasable board and see if it energizes your creative juices.
Have a Creative Day, Darlene
Recently, I was looking at some new blogs when I discovered that the MEGGIECAT blog is back online. I had always enjoyed reading this blog because of its' unique posts.
The blog is described as a "Weblog of inspiration, images, tools and tips for my creative life." Make sure you check out the Blog Archives and Label links. You will find some interesting stuff.
The MEGGIECAT Logo:
Erin, from the Design for Mankind blog has published issue two of Inspiration e-zine (2.25.08 post). The issue is fabulous, free and 24 pages long. See the cover below.
Also, check out her fantastic blog entries. Soon, she will be revamping her blog. I'm sure we will see more great ideas from her.
Have a Creative Day, Darlene
I've noticed that many bloggers are celebrating the year of 2008 by making art every day. I think that is a fabulous idea. Think of all the creative energy that we are putting out into the world. Good Karma! By participating in and spreading the word about these projects, I'm sure we are also increasing our individual imaginations manifold. We're all into this art thing together and we need each other for continued success. Wow, I'm really getting excited now! Here are two examples:
Aisling has created the 7/30/365 Art Card Project Bloggers are challenged to create an art card every day. She recommends beginning the project in small steps. First, create cards, every day, for a week. Then challenge yourself to create a card a day for a month. The biggest challenge is making cards for a full year. You can create your cards in any media. Check out her site for more information.
Leah Piken Kolidas has launched Creative Every Day 2008 The Challenge is low pressure. Creativity is meant in the broadest sense and you don't have to post every day. Go to her site to get more information.
When I need to come up with some fresh artistic ideas, I use the SCAMPER* approach. In fact, I have a SCAMPER check-list hanging in my Studio for whenever I need a jolt or two.
Here is an example of a modification - a tiny art book.