Sunday, May 29, 2011

Inspiration point

Like all creative personalities, sometimes I find it hard to get motivated. I've been collecting some helpful books that I would like to share.
Artists Journals & Sketchbooks: Exploring and Creating Personal Pages by Lynne Perrella.
This book re-sparked my creative juices (and eventually lead me to participate in the Sketchbook Project). I wish every book could be so packed full of useful information.
1000 Artist Journal Pages : Personal Pages and Inspiration by Dawn DeVries Sokol.
Sometimes all artists need to do is look to their peers for inspiration. (drooling is optional)
Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith.
This book teaches you to find inspiration in the wildest places and to step out of your comfort zone. Crack the spine, tear out the pages - nothing is taboo! Other books of note: "Mess" and "This is Not a Book" and the most recent "Finish This Book."
A Daily Creative Journal: 365 Make Something Every Day and Change Your Life! by Noah Scalin.
From the creator of the wildly popular project Skull-A-Day, Noah gives you a road map for how it's done. A book full of prompts for making something each day of the year and examples of how other people have done it.
The Crafter's Devotional: 365 days of Tips, Tricks and Techniques for Unlocking Your Creative Spirit by Barbara R. Call.
This book also has daily prompts, but it's broken down into categories. Journaling, Recycling, Collections, Personal History, Noncraft Inspiration and for the weekends - Collaborate, Gather and Experiment. Naturally, you could change their order to suit your needs.
Journal Spilling: Mixed-Media Techniques for Free Expression by Diana Trout.
Tips and tricks about paper, mediums and how to just "let go".

I could list several others, but you get the point...find something that works for you and do it. If you are not willing or able to invest in the books - visit your local library. They would be happy to see you!
Oh, one last thing before I go!

Recently, I ran across a post from Real Simple about the 30 Days of Creativity (for June). The details about the project are on the Real Simple website, on Twitter or join up on Pinterest. 

 30 Reasons to participate
  • Garner a sense of accomplishment.
  • Form a(good) habit.
  • Conquer the fear of the unknown.
  • Find new friends.
  • Solve problems.
  • Refine your skillz.
  • Experiment with something new.
  • Defeat the resistance that’s in your head.
  • Save $ by being creative.
  • Build your portfolio.
  • Motivate friends and family to be creative too.
  • Exercise the creativity we’re all born with.
  • Overcome writer’s block.
  • Utilize the drafting table, DLSR Camera, Guitar you bought years ago.
  • Break the monotony of not doing anything creative.
  • Make your mom proud.
  • Network with other like-minded people.
  • Challenge yourself daily.
  • Show off and be proud of your creative work.
  • Join a creative community.
  • Do something free of judgment.
  • Move beyond your comfort zone
  • Inspire others.
  • Get excited about new things.
  • Improve time management.
  • Eliminate procrastination.
  • Have fun.
  • Gain self discipline.
  • Use this as an excuse to buy a new (camera/screen printer/piano/etc).
  • Create stuff you’ve been wanting to do anyway.

Until next time - Happy Creating and never stop looking for inspiration! 

    1 comment:

    1. Ooh, I have four of those books. We are such book twins. ;)

      I'll have to check out the Journal Spilling book!