Hi. My name's Maria Chatzi and I'm a writer (of non-fiction and children's storybooks and poetry), a former teacher and craft designer, as well as a self-taught artist (I enjoy making mixed media art, pebble art, and whimsical drawings). I love nature (especially trees, rocks, cats) learning, playing, experimenting, and helping adults and kids discover their creative side and embrace their uniqueness. I create with various materials, methods and techniques but am mostly attracted to natural materials and I'm usually inspired to create recycled or upcycled crafts.
I believe that writing is very closely related to getting inspiration and clarity of intention for my all my other creative endeavors - and the opposite is also true.
I have spent some years, as a volunteer, at public libraries teaching kids creative writing, making crafts with them, as well leading a small series of creative jewelry making workshops for adults.
If you need some ideas and tips on creative things to do with beach rocks and pebbles, visit my website beachstonesinspired.com.
Maria discusses her creative work, life journey, and more in Creativity Portal's 20Q interview.
It all started the day I found a pink quartzite pebble, on a day trip with my family. It was a beauty!
Stretching our creativity with unconventional art is not only for those moments we get stuck or feel we need a creative change. Get inspired with this list of unconventional artists and the art they create.
Do you need some out-of-the-ordinary places to look for creative inspiration? Would you like to test some unusual ways to get new ideas? If so, this short list is for you. It will unlock your creative and imaginative thinking, leading you to the creation of innovative art and unique craft projects.
Have you ever considered your local library to be an inspiring source for creative flow? After reading this, your visits to the library will never be the same again.
Three ways to nurture creativity, authenticity, and worth in adults in a craft workshop or art class setting.
Let your creativity flow by giving yourself permission to try things out and believe you can succeed as others can.
There is no magic recipe, only a simple but powerful truth: People who are highly creative are believers.
If you want to be true to your creative self, and make your contribution to our world, there is no room for fear.
Unique and imaginative prompts to ignite artistic imaginations!
Creativity turns a writing task into a fun, worthwhile experience.
Learn how to create this one-of-a-kind writing prompts book ring featuring both letter and word pages to inspire word associations for your writing practice.
Collage Cubies are a fun way to play with collaging words and pictures into surprising works of art. This project based on the cubies principles focuses on using a cube to inspire creative writing with kids.
Set aside some time every day, for ten days, and do some writing with these story starters for Saint Patrick's and April Fool's Day.
The beginning of a new year means it's time to weave new dreams and new hopes for your creative life.
Are you the proud owner of a cute pet and love to hone your creative writing skills with writing prompts?
Get a box of sidewalk chalk, team up with your children, and allow yourself to be childlike.
Learn how to create this fun beach stone-inspired sailboat collage! This one-of-a-kind fridge magnet features blue water, lacey waves, and inspiring words of your choice!
A step-by-step tutorial for a creative spring collage featuring a pearl bird nest, musical note leaves, and lace tree branches.
A simple do-it-yourself tutorial you can use as a base for artfully decorating your own special journal or to gift away to a friend!
The handpainted beach rock could stand alone, decorating a coffee table, or it could be used as a paperweight.
Make this lovely Christmas tree ornament out of a carboard paper tube.
Have you collected an abundance of treasures from the seashore? Collage them together into this beautiful keepsake Beach Treasure candle!
Learn how to recycle white and turquoise fabric, seashells, and newspaper into a beautiful summer wreath craft!
Learn how to make this delightful beach scene craft with a cairn of stones!
Have you ever gone beach combing and saved your finds? If so, take your treasures out of their chests — use them to decorate your kitchen.
You could use the same birdie design to make a garland and other decorations for your home.
Paper craft project with bonus lesson for teaching kids about caring for our fellow humans and loving each other.
Learn how to assemble and paint this one-of-a-kind key ring pebble craft as a special Valentine gift.
This project shows you how to make creative snowflake craft using an old CD.
This project shows you how to make a painted Christmas pebble pendant.
Maria Chatzi is a teacher, jewelry artist, and craft designer who loves nature, learning and helping adults and kids discover their creative side. ...
Unusual Ways to Find Creative Inspiration
Find Creative Inspiration in a Public Library
Inspiring Creative Bliss in a Craft Workshop
Are You Blocking Your Creativity?
Our Creative Self is a Believer
Creativity and the Monsters
Beach Stone Inspired Story
Stretch Your Creativity: Create Unconventional Art
How Creativity Helps Kids Love Writing
Writing Prompts Book Ring Project
Collage Cubies for Creative Writing
Story Starters for St. Patrick's & April Fool's Day
New Year Creative Writing Prompts
Design a Creative Writing Prompts Catcher
Creative Writing with Sidewalk Chalk