Violette's Art, Collage, and Visual Journaling Prompts

Artist Spotlight

Violette's Visual Journaling Prompts and Creative Art Projects

DoodlingExperience Living Out Loud with Canadian artist Violette through this engaging series of visual journaling, art, and writing projects based on her workshops and book Journal Bliss: Creative Prompts to Unleash Your Inner Eccentric. Engage creatively in journal writing, doodling, collage, painting, altered art, and mask making 'to release the creative spirit within' while enjoying a wealth of wisdom and affirming creativity tips weaved throughout the process.

Violette Interview | Symbolic Stories | Doodling | Visual Journaling | Mask Making | Altered Journal | Creative Spirit Doll | Collage Play Cards | Altered Purse | Collage Globe | Painted Namaste Sign

Advice for Writers

The Writer's Journey: The Path of the Spiritual Messenger

By Deborah Herman

Jeff Herman's GuideIf you have decided to pursue writing as a career instead of as a longing or a dream, you might find yourself focusing on the goal instead of the process. When you have a great book idea, you may envision yourself on a book-signing tour or as a guest on a talk show before you've written a single word. It's human nature to look into your own future, but too much projection can get in the way of what the writing experience is all about. The process of writing is like a wondrous journey that can help you cross a bridge to the treasures hidden within your own soul. It is a way for you to link with God and the collective storehouse of all wisdom and truth, as it has existed since the beginning of time.

Creative Careers Interviews

Early-Childhood Arts Educator and Author Abby Connors

By Molly J. Anderson-Childers

Abby ConnorsAbby Connors' creative journey has been a circuitous route, a twisting and turning road to her dreams. She began her career as a music teacher, soon changing her focus to help children with special needs. After going back to school to become a school psychologist, she had trouble finding a position in her chosen field and worked a miserable office job. Just when things were at a low point, she discovered she loved teaching movement and music to children through a community education program. The rest, as they say, is history.

DaVinci's Genius Habits

Taking Care of Your Body

By Linda Dessau

DavinciDavinci knew his body was a strong house for his creativity and took care of it by practicing the cultivation of grace, ambidexterity, fitness, and poise. DaVinci believed that we should accept personal responsibility for our health and well-being. Self-care requires two basic beliefs.

Guided Imagery

Play: Jellybeans for Breakfast

By Molly Childers & Chris Dunmire

playThe importance of play is tantamount to learning for children — but what role does play have in an adult life? Feeling stuck? Muses on strike? Doldrums got you down? This guided meditation will reconnect with your inner child when you're feeling stuck as you enter the Forest of the Lost.

The Nine Modern Day Muses

Arnold: The Muses Hire a Bodyguard

By Jill Badonsky, MEd

Symbol of ArnoldArnold, the Muses Bodyguard, protects you from all of the adversaries of the creative process — the traitors to your unfolding as a creative possibility in self-realized splendor. Arnold protects you from adversaries of the creative process. The bodyguard is a spirit in defender form. He takes this form because it gives you an image to conjure up when you come face to face with those forces that stop you from finding and acknowledging creative fulfillment. He reminds you that you have power inside of you and that to give that power away to others by putting their opinions ahead of your own is a crime of unnecessary defeat.

Creativity & Inspiration

Light Bulb Moments on Tap Series

By Tom Evans

LightbulbMost people never give their thoughts a second thought. This is a shame as what you think and how you are thinking fundamentally affects the world around you. Just imagine if your day could be full of brilliant ideas and inspirations that made you healthier, wealthier and wiser. For most people, life just gets in the way of even contemplating that this could happen. Our thoughts are consumed by getting the kids to school, 'imagining' a confrontation with someone at work or worrying about how to make ends meet. This series will take you through a process of how to change the way you think so your mind works to your advantage and you are not a slave to your thoughts.


Visual Journaling Prompts, Altered Art, and Folk Art Fun
with Violette

Excerpts from Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors & Literary Agents
with Jeff and Deborah Herman

Writing from the Deeper Self
with Naomi Rose

Creating Time: 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

32 Traits of Creative People
By Robert Allan Black

Hop, Skip, Jump: Playfully Manifest a Meaningful Life
with Marney Makridakis

Creativity is Your Birthright
with Dave Storer

Creativity & Transformation
with SARK

A Primer on Collage & Mixed-Media Art
By Chris Dunmire

Writing and the Body in Motion
with Cheryl Pallant

Creativity, Depression, & Meaning-Making
with Eric Maisel, PhD

Juicy Journals & Wild Words
with Molly J. Anderson-Childers

10 Mind-Expanding 'Take Ten' Writing Exercises
with Bonnie Neubauer

Inner Voices of Creativity
SoulCollage® with Ann Marie Bennett

9 Ways to Escape from Creativity-Halting Goo
with Rick Benzel

Artful Project Prompts

How to Make an Altered Art Purse

By Violette

Altered Purse

This is a fun project if you want to resurrect an old purse and exercise your creative juices! You can put almost anything onto your purse as long as you use the proper adhesive and numerous coats of Mod Podge and varnish. Bonus project: How to create a Warm and Fuzzy Box to remind yourself of how your creativity has touched others.

Inspiring Creativity

The Matrix Approach to Getting Creatively Unstuck

By Rick Benzel

Inspiring CreativityUsing rows and columns to move through gridlock. When getting stuck involves indecision or an inability to choose from among what seem to be too many good ideas, the best solution may be the Matrix Approach. This solution is based on resorting to logic to evaluate your ideas and choose the best one according to a set of criteria you develop.

Creative Writing Prompts

'LINGO-istics' Writing Exercise

By Bonnie Neubauer

LINGO-isticsThe touches of slang or lingo added to your dialogue and narrative to make your writing sound more realistic. Here’s a chance to try your hand at some Lingo-istics. Write a thirty-second radio commercial to sell a remedy for writer’s block. Make sure you use lots of writer’s lingo to show that you understand the craft and can relate to the challenges your audience is facing. Write a commercial that would make you want to buy the remedy, too. If you ever find yourself faced with a bit of a block, pull out this commercial and "sell" yourself the remedy.

Autumn Writing Prompts

13 Engaging Ways to Play with Your Writing Around the Fall Season

By Chris Dunmire

Fall LeavesGoing back to school. Harvest time. Colorful falling leaves. Corn mazes, acorns, pumpkins, scarecrows, Halloween and Thanksgiving. In the Midwest, Autumn is the time of the year when cooler temperatures sweep in over summer's waning heat and the growing season comes to full fruition before winding down to dormancy. Fall officially begins in September and runs through October, November, and into December, when the seasonal change next morphs into winter. Inject some seasonal inspiration into your creative writing with these fall-themed writing prompts, photos, and printable projects and reflect on the meaning of the season to capture the transforming magic in the air for this colorful, transitioning space in the year.

Writing from the Deeper Self

Creativity Isn't Just About Having Good Ideas

By Naomi Rose

Writing from the Deeper SelfCreativity often seems to be viewed as the ability to come up with a lot of out-of-the-box ideas ~ a brainstorm of ingenuity, a mental agility. And while it can include this, of course, creativity is so much more than this. It is, at its essence, a soul-thing. And since this is so, everyone has the capacity to open to and cultivate it, if they are called to. But like many realities of our deep nature, this can be invisible to people about themselves, and it also can be invisible to a larger culture ~ such as our own. And the effects and side-effects of this neglect can be far-reaching, even if we are not consciously aware of it.

Premiums and Printables

Boost your Brain Power
with Tree-mendous Memory! Games

By Chris Dunmire

Treemendous Memory! GameDid you know memory-boosting exercises help improve brain function and positively impact your creative ability as you age? That's why so many sage people are addicted to puzzles like word searches and Sudoku! Here's a playful way to exercise your memory and boost your brainpower: Play my Tree-mendous Memory! game. It comes in two editions: Fall and Spring and can be downloaded in four different styles.

Art Perspectives

Art Appreciation: 'La Grande Jatte'

By Chris Dunmire

SeuratIn my art appreciation class I was given the task to compare and contrast two pieces of famous art. Critera included viewing one piece in person at an art gallery and another online and report my subjective findings on the visual elements, principles of design, and differences of my experience viewing the art in each way. For my in-person piece, I went to Chicago's Art Institute to see Georges Seurat's iconic painting, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte. Next, I found Constantin Brancusi's cherished series and piece, Bird in Space online.

Inner Voices of Creativity

Experience Lightness Through SoulCollage

By Anne Marie Bennett

SoulCollageSpend some time journaling with your own inner voices today. What is each one telling you about how you need to spend your time in the next few weeks? Can you tell which ones are speaking the truth and which ones are simply old recordings that you don't need anymore? Make a SoulCollage® card to honor one of the parts of you that love the holidays.

Fostering Creativity

How to Help Children Stay Creative

By Abby Connors

Fostering CreativityPicasso famously stated, “All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Anyone who lives or works with young children knows they truly are artists, buzzing with creativity, filled with wonder, curiosity, and fresh new ideas. Every child is creative, but too many children lose some or most of their creativity as they grow to adulthood.

Visual Journaling

Doodles as Windows to Your Soul

By Violette


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.

Creativity & Spirituality

Creativity and the New Cosmology

By Jan Phillips

No Ordinary TimeWe're like caterpillars getting close to the Great Transformation. In preparation for its metamorphosis, the caterpillar eats 100 times its weight, falls asleep, and then forms a chrysalis. When the first imaginal cells of the butterfly begin to form themselves, the immune system of the caterpillar tries to fight them off. The immune system fails, and the caterpillar cells become the soup that nourishes the emerging butterfly.


Inspiring Creativity Quotes


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

Writing from the Deeper Self Series

A Challenge to Write Long(er)

The Antidote to Fear

Writing What Can't Be Said

Creativity Isn't Just Good Ideas

In Praise of the Feminine

Writing as Healing

Pressing Essence into Books

Silence and Slowing Down

Please Yourself

Learning & Playing by Heart

Returning to What Persists

The You Who Writes

Slowing Down and Listening Inside

Interview with Writing Coach Naomi Rose

The Knockout Nonfiction Book Proposal

Tribulations of the Unknown Writer

The Path of the Spiritual Messenger

Writing in a Spiral

The Value of Completing a Book

Writing as Giving Back

The Important Role of Silence in Writing

Intimate Details in Writing

Writing a New Chapter Your Life


Beyond Expertise

Rough Drafts & Revisions

When Books are Less Than Life

You are the Treasure Embedded in Your Book

Refining & Being Refined

Writing as a Quest

Intimate Fruits of a Writing Retreat

Is It Commerce, or Is It Art?

Listening Your Book into Being

For Fun, Write a Book

First Drafts

Inspired Writing

Your Book Can Heal the World

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

The Critics in Your Head Are Not You

SARK: Learning Deeply, & Living Fully

Glad No Matter What Q&A with SARK

What to Do With Change and Losses

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

Autumn Writing Prompts

Fall Treemendous Memory!

Mastering Creative Anxiety Series

Rethinking Depression Series

The Van Gogh Blues Series

Eric Maisel's 97 Creativity Tips

The Logic of Brainstorms

Taking a Creative Escape

Cultural Permission to Create

The Opinions of Others

Crafting a Starting Ritual

Taking the Bad with the Good

Write an Artist's Statement with Integrity

Design Principles in 'La Grande Jatte'

The 6-Day Pottery Class Experiment