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Inspiring Creativity Quotes

NEW & INSPIRING

The Story with the Creative Tattoo: Noomi Rapace

Making Stuff Up: Neil deGrasse Tyson

For Highly-Sensitive Creatives

Finding Your Own Audience

Are You Your Audience?

Are You Creative? Quiz

The Four Steps of Creativity

Joy Sikorski's 'How to Draw' Lessons

Embodying the Crone-Mermaid

A Ritual of Reclaiming Creativity

A Strategic Ritual Sadhana

Why Poetry for Difficult Times?

Introduction to Body Blissmas

A New Phase, a New Year, New Moons

We All Could Use an Imaginary Friend

Act As If You Trust Your Instincts

Sculpting Your Health as a Creative Outlet

Give Me a Quote

Yoga and Creativity

Make Healthy Eating Fun

32 Traits of Creative People

How to Capture and Use Creative Ideas

Do You Let Little Things Stop Your Creativity?

The New Wisdom of Doodling

Glittery Globe Collage Project

Decorative Painted Namaste Sign Project

Creative Play Cards Deck Project

Altered Art Purse Project

Visual Journaling by the Seat of Your Pants!

Plaster Mask Making Project

Funky Journal Cover Project

Creative Spirit Doll Project

Doodles as Windows to Your Soul

Visual Journaling Prompts: Symbolic Stories

Interview with Canadian Artist Violette

The Knockout Nonfiction Book Proposal

Tribulations of the Unknown Writer

The Path of the Spiritual Messenger

Kronos & Kairos Time Concepts

Maslow's Peak Experiences; Time Flow

Timelessness Through Authenticity

Finding Flow in Everyday Life

Jung's 3 Types of Synchronicity

Synchronicity and Meaning

A Foundational Philosophy of Play

Your Every-Evolving Mission Statement

You are an Actor on a Cosmic Stage

Collage Art for Beginners

Creative Collage Combinations

Q&A with Author Cheryl Pallant

Moving Into Writing and Sensate Awareness

Resonant Writing as Somatic Path

Synergetic Awareness in Somatic Writing

Mastering Creative Anxiety Series

Rethinking Depression Series

The Van Gogh Blues Series

Eric Maisel's 97 Creativity Tips

The Logic of Brainstorms

How to Write an Artist's Statement with Integrity

Design Principles in 'La Grande Jatte'

The 6-Day Pottery Class Experiment

The Nine Modern Day Muses

Paying Attention to Possibilities with Muse Aha-phrodite

By Jill Badonsky, MEd

Symbol of Aha-PhroditeI would like to acquaint you with a creative concept in the persona of a Muse. The concept is paying attention and the Muse is Aha-phrodite. What does paying attention mean to you in the creative process? If you are so inclined to engage your brain actively in this moment (always a good exercise for strengthening creative muscles), make a list of all the ways your creative process could benefit from paying attention. Go.


Creative Process

The Four Steps of Creativity

By Chris Dunmire

4 Steps of CreativityWhat is creativity? You may get a different response depending on who you ask, but studying the concept reveals creativity permeates all aspects of life from personal creation and artistic expression to collaborative business innovation, relationships, and problem solving in every realm possible. When we consider standard definitions of creativity, we see it involves both an innate ability and a process repeatedly engaged in as we move through our days to meet challenges and find solutions, not just as artists or inventors, but as every kind of person in every profession in every aspect of life.


Artist Spotlight

Joy Sikorski's Whimsical 'How to Draw' Lessons & Life Wisdom

By Chris Dunmire

Kitty

Joy Sikorski was the best-selling author of How to Draw a Radish: And Other Fun Things to Do at Work along with a series of 'how to draw books' featured in art museum bookshops across the nation including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and Guggenheim Museum.

Enjoy a sampling of Joy's whimsical style in this fun collection of art lessons from her books Squeaky Chalk and How to Draw a Clam that includes a rolling vacation car, flapping Pterodactyl, long-tailed flying kite, dogs galore, cute piglet, and original twitter bird, along with insights from her interview about creativity, being an artist, publishing a book, and the legacy she desired to leave behind through her work.


Guided Imageries to Engage Your Imagination

By Molly Childers & Chris Dunmire

StoryworthyGuided Imagery intertwines words and imagery in a contemplative container to evoke positive scenarios and possibilities to stimulate your imagination and inspire your creativity.

Try one of these guided meditations to open the portal to possibilities. Themes include: Discovery, Expansion, Surrender, Nurture, Trust, Courage, Play, Freedom, and Comfort.


Juicy Journal & Wild Words

Advice for Online Journaling and Using Social Media

By Molly J. Anderson-Childers

Juicy JournalsI just started my own blog a few months ago to promote my writing and artwork. So far, it's been interesting. I find that my voice online is much different than the raw wild voice in my own journals, and with good reason. While no one may ever read my handwritten journals kept in stacks all over the house, anyone, anytime could read my blog. Family members, future employers, business associates, even my husband. So I wanted to touch on some issues specific to keeping a blog, or online journal, and general use of social media for creative expression.

Visual Journaling

Doodles as Windows to Your Soul

By Violette

Doodling

Who doesn't love to doodle? How many times have you sat at your desk or kitchen table during a long phone call, pen in hand, and wound up with some pretty phantasmagorical doodles? Now don't tell me you can't draw or doodle — of course you can! Your doodles can be windows to your soul. When you doodle absentmindedly, you relinquish control of your left brain and allow your right brain to take over. That's when the magic happens. Doodling while you are sitting in a classroom or meeting, talking on the telephone or waiting in a waiting room is a good start.


Author Interviews

Interview with 'Thunder and Lightning' Author Natalie Goldberg

By Molly Childers

Natalie Goldberg

I am often asked a very specific question related to writing: "What am I supposed to do after I fill a notebook, after I practice writing?" I wrote Thunder and Lightning to answer this specific question. In the book I share how I developed Writing Down the Bones, which I think helps people understand structure, an important and little talked of element to writing. I hope it helps writers turn their flashes of inspiration into polished final pieces.


Creativity Coaching

How to Re-enter Creative Process

By Lisa Agaran

ProcessAfter the creative person has been in an immersed state of creative flow, at some point he or she must exit this space. Whether it's the result of having to tend to other responsibilities or ideas have run out, departing from this creative bliss can feel terrifying to the artist. As one steps back and reviews the work that's been created, this leaves the artist susceptible to self-doubt and self-criticism. During this pause, anxiety and panic can resurface. What felt like an intense and energized period of creating can suddenly shift to self-judgment and a lack of self-confidence.


Rock Painting Tutorial

Painted Messages and Quotes 'Written in Stone'

By Ernestina Gallina

Rock PaintingImagine your favorite saying on a rock, a meaningful message for a friend, an expression of love or devotion written on the pages of an old book. This project will show you how to paint an old open book that you can personalize with your own text, for a very special gift that will last forever because it's "written in stone!" Choose smooth rocks that through the years have been gently smoothed and molded into the shape of a small ball.

Premiums and Printables

Origami Money Plant Project

By Chris Dunmire

Money PlantWith fake fun printable 'Cashius monetarius' seed packet! As featured in Money: Everything You Never Knew About Your Favorite Thing to Find, Save, Spend, and Covet by Sandra and Harry Chonron, this unique origami money plant makes a delightful gift to create, but hard to give away! Learn how to make this truly memorable craft with my with easy-to-follow instructions in a fully-illustrated, step-by-step 23-page project book.


Fostering Creativity

The Secret Ingredient to Teaching Creativity

By Abby Connors

Fostering CreativityI'm consistently reminded that my first impressions of a child's idea are often way off the mark. What looked to me like a dinosaur turned out to be a robot; what I thought was a puppy scampering was meant to be a unicorn. When I'm patient enough to really listen, and double-check when I'm not sure I get it, my students trust that their ideas will be heard and understood. This leads to more ideas, more raised hands, more confident sharing of imaginative suggestions.


Kaizen-Muse Coaching


CREATIVITY FEATURES & SERIES

Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching™ Stories
with Jill Badonsky, MEd


The Holy Wild: A Heathen Bible for the Untamed Woman
with Danielle Dulsky


Body Blissmass: Creativity & Wellness
with Jill Badonsky, MEd


Cre8ng People, Places & Possibilities
with Robert Alan Black, PhD


The New Wisdom of Doodling
with Chris Dunmire


Visual Journaling Prompts & Altered Art
with Violette


Guide to Publishers, Editors & Agents
with Jeff and Deborah Herman


Writing from the Deeper Self
with Naomi Rose


Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock
with Marney Makridakis


Repudiating the Damaging Admission that You're Not Creative
with Kate Quinlan


How Creativity Helps Kids Love Writing
By Maria Chatzi


The Need to Create
By Barbara Bowen



Creativity & Inspiration

What Blocks Light Bulb Moments?

By Tom Evans

LightbulbThere are several states of being that stop light bulb moments in their tracks. I say 'states of being' as they are not limited to our state of mind. Light bulb moments are whole body phenomena. The very act of talking can suppress creativity, for the time we are actually speaking at least. This is especially if the thing we are talking about is of little consequence. Our aspirations flow on the out breath and inspirations come on the in breath or the still point between the in and the out. This flow is so subtle that is difficult to detect and tune into. Once you do though, the difference between external inspirational guidance and internal thought becomes clear.


19 Profiles of Creative Empowerment
with Diana Rivera


Creative Process, Highly Sensitive Person & Creativity
with Lisa Agaran


Dreaming, Shamanism, & Imagination
with Robert Moss


Writing with Courage and Craft
with Barbara Abercrombie


Lightbulb Moments on Tap
with Tom Evans


The Nine Modern Day Muses (and a Bodyguard)
with Jill Badonsky, MEd


No Ordinary Time
with Jan Phillips


Intuitive Process Painting
with Chris Zydel


Teaching Creativity & Music to Children
with Abby Connors


Learning from Leonardo: DaVinci's Genius Habits
with Linda Dessau