Inspiration Book Series: Prompt 1

Inspiration Book Series

Want to feel more inspired and creative every day?

Want to find your inspiration?

My new free Inspiration Book Series will help you!

Each week get a creatively inspiring prompt right here on my website.  Do the prompt in your Inspiration book and feel more inspired!

(For an introduction to the Inspiration Book Series, click here.)

Prompt #1:  Color Collage

Watch the video:

Inspiration Book Series Prompt 1

Prompt 1 is all about color.

Steps:

  • Go through old magazines and pull out pictures where you are really attracted to the colors.  (There’s a tip for finding old magazines in the Inspiration Book Series Introduction.)
  • If you like it, cut it out even if it’s colors that you normally aren’t attracted to.
  • Make a collage in your Inspiration Book
  • Look at your collage.  Is there anything interesting or revealing?

Collage:

  • Just cut out the pictures or even pieces of pictures that you like the best.  Remember, we’re just thinking about color here, so the actual picture doesn’t necessarily matter, but just the colors in it.
  • Glue down the pictures in your Inspiration Book using a glue stick.
  • You can arrange things first before you glue them down or just go for it.
  • I want to remind you to let go of perfection.  This book is for you.  The most important thing is to make your Inspiration Book and use it.  (Sometimes perfection can be a great procrastination tool!)

Inspiration Book Series Prompt 1

Reflection:

Are there any surprises in your color choices?

Or maybe this just reinforced what you already know to be your favorite colors.

Any colors that are used together in ways that you hadn’t tried before?

I don’t normally love the color yellow, but yellow showed up a lot in my color collage.  So I’m going to think about yellow when I’m choosing colors for my jewelry designs in the future. I also love how the light pink and yellow look together, so I’ll try that combination in the future as well.

You may want to write down your findings in your Inspiration Book.

Inspiration Book Series Prompt 1


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Inspiration Book Series: Introduction

 

Inspiration Book Series

Want to feel more inspired every day?

Want to find your inspiration?

My new free Inspiration Book Series will help you!

Each week get a creatively inspiring prompt right here on my website.  Do the prompt in your Inspiration book and feel more inspired!

Here’s a video to explain the Inspiration Book:

Journals

What you need now:

  • A sketch book, journal or notebook of any kind!
  • Your favorite pen(s).

Writing implements

Additional supplies we’ll use:

  • Markers, crayons, watercolors or colored pencils (whatever your favorite is!  You don’t need anything new. Just use what you already have.)
  • Old magazines – some of the prompts will involve making collages from magazines.  If you don’t subscribe to any (or you don’t want to cut them up!) then:
    • Check your local library.  My library has shelves of their free old magazines that you can just take.
    • Ask your friends or neighbors to save their old magazines for you.
    • Ask at offices you visit if they’re getting rid of their old magazines.
    • Note:  you won’t need a ton of magazines. It’s just good to think about ahead of time.
  • Camera or phone with camera – this is really optional, but I love photos in my Inspiration Book.

Let go of perfection:

I want you to use your book, so don’t worry about getting things perfect.  Stick anything in there that inspires you:  drawings, things you clip out from magazines, photos that you take of things that inspire you, favorite quotes, ideas, jewelry sketches.  Get it in your Inspiration Book for future reference!

So even though I’ll be providing weekly prompts, please use your Inspiration Book to add anything that inspires you every day.

I mention in the video that I’m using a smaller journal for my Inspiration Book so I can carry it with me.  When something catches your attention, put it in your Inspiration Book right away.  Don’t worry about making a beautiful page.  That’s not what the Inspiration Book is about.  The Inspiration Book is to capture inspiration and ideas.

(If you want to make a beautiful page then you can do that.  Just make sure to capture your idea or inspiration right away so you don’t lose it first.)

Coming up next:

Get ready!  We start next week.  Find a journal to use and maybe gather up a few supplies so you’re ready.

Nature and Creativity (and finding nature anywhere)

Nature and Creativity

Have you ever been having a bad day or just felt cranky or off? 

I was having one of those days. I walk mostly every day and even though I know that it would make me feel better, this day I had to force myself to go.

I told myself I only had to walk a mile.  I would just roam around my town for a while and when my walking app told me I had walked a mile I would be done.

I wasn’t going to go on any of my regular trails.  I was walking to get it over with (and hopefully magically not be cranky any more.)

As I was walking I went toward one of the walking trails in my town and even though I had told myself that’s not what I was going to do, I found myself turning onto the trail.

And then I found myself turning off and going toward the wetland preserve that’s just off the trail.

Almost immediately I felt better.  My shoulders dropped.  My breathing relaxed. My face went from scrunched up to almost a smile.

A butterfly fluttered by me.  I could hear birds chirping and bullfrogs croaking.  The ducks were swimming around.  There were flowers and green plants all around

It felt like magic.

Nature and Creativity

Have you ever experienced this?

Nature has such a healing quality.  There have been studies to prove that being in nature reduces stress and anxiety.

But not only that, being in nature helps our creativity.  You spend most of the day multitasking and thinking of a million things.  Nature always you to slow down and focus on one thing.

There are so many ways that nature can inspire art.  You might make jewelry using colors inspired by nature or shapes of a branch. Or you might just feel recharged and have creative ideas from being away from the hustle and bustle of life.

Nature and Creativity

How to bring more nature into your life

I love to go on a hike in the woods or venture out to a waterfall.  However, most of the time that I experience nature it’s really just in my own town within walking distance of my home.

Even if you live in an urban area there are probably natural places you can visit and get the same effect.

  • Is there a nearby park you can visit?
  • Is there a flower garden in your town?  When I first moved to the town where I live I was delighted to find the historical society had a public garden.  I love to go there to relax and think.
  • There may be little areas in your town like riparian barriers where it’s just green space.  Sometimes there are walking trails that follow them.  Maybe there’s a park next to one.
  • You might discover little walking paths.  I’m so surprised to find a new one every now and then in my town.
  • My very favorite tree is one that is just outside my window.  Whenever I’m feeling stressed or creativity blocked and I can’t get outside for a walk I look at it.
  • Your own yard is probably a great place to start!  When is the last time you had your feet in the grass?
  • Maybe there’s simply a bench with a flower pot next to it.

Nature and Creativity

You don’t have to go on a big hike to get the benefits of being in nature.  Keep your eyes open for little spaces of nature that you can enjoy.

If you want to get use your experience in nature as inspiration to create some great jewelry, check out my Nature Jewelry eWorkshop.

In it you get a creativity booster that’s nature related, jewelry making skills lessons and 5 nature inspired jewelry making projects.

Click here to find out more about it!

Nature Jewelry eWorkshop

My Process: Inspiration to Finished Piece

My Process

I get asked about how I’m inspired to create jewelry pieces, so I made a video to show you!

In this video I’ll show you how I went from inspiration to finished piece including a change I made along the way.

Watch the video:

Here is the art journal page I made that was the inspiration for the jewelry piece:

Summer Haiku Art Journal Page

For the step-by-step tutorial video on how to make the anklet, click here.

We dig deeply into this process in my Inspired eCourse.  Inspired eCourse is an art journal/jewelry making class.

First I give you creativity prompts and art journal prompts.

Then I show you how to take inspiration from your art journal pages to make a map to design jewelry pieces.

Then I show you sketching designs.

Finally, we make jewelry pieces.  (Each week there is a jewelry project that I show you how to make step-by-step.  You can use it as inspiration or a jumping off point for your own designs or make it exactly how I show you step-by-step.)

It’s full of fun and inspiration.

Learn more and sign up here.

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Making Time For Creativity

Making Time for Creativity

Last week felt pretty hectic and I felt like I lost my focus and center because I was away over the long weekend and then the week was shorter because of the extra day off.

I felt like I was having trouble just keeping up with my normal routine and that there was no time to do anything extra like be creative.

Not expressing my creativity made me feel even more frazzled.

I struggle with time and I know that you do, too.  Sometimes it feels impossible to take time for yourself.

I have the solution.

You make the time.

It sounds so easier and it is really.  I know you have a list of to dos and errands and there’s nothing on that list about “me time.”

Creativity is vital for your well-being.  Creativity allows us to transform our reality. Creativity is freedom.  Creativity gives you the opportunity to express yourself.

nature

So how do you make time?

Schedule it in.  Make it an unbreakable appointment in your calendar.

I have a new practice every Monday morning that I am walking to a park and spending time by the creek there.  Sometimes I read, write in my journal, write poems, take photos, put my feet in the creek and just notice everything with all of my senses.

Truth be told, I didn’t have this time before I started doing it.  I didn’t have an entire morning to spare.

But then I did it.  And I did it again. And now I do have the time because it’s just what I do.  It has made a huge difference on my well-being, so it’s important to me.

Is there a time each day or even each week that you can set aside for time for yourself so you can work on something creative?


Another great way to make time for your creative practice is to take a class! 

Make time this summer to be creative each week with me with Inspired eCourse.

I’ll send you an email every Monday morning with the week’s lesson, but you can schedule a time for yourself that works for you to work on the lesson each week.

Start an art journaling practice that you’ll have for a lifetime and learn to take the inspiration from your art journal pages to make your own unique, creative jewelry pieces.

Inspired is an art journaling and jewelry making eCourse.  Each week for 4 weeks you’ll get a creativity activity/art journal prompt.  Then you’ll make an art journal page. Then I show you how to take the inspiration from your art journal page and design a jewelry piece.

Each week you’ll get videos and tons of examples and you also get a step-by-step tutorial for a jewelry piece.

This eCourse only runs once or twice a year and this is your last chance for 2016.

This is great for beginner art journalists.  I’ll show you lots of tips and hints.  This is also great if you’re an art journalist who wants to learn how take the inspiration from your art journals and make jewelry from it.

Learn more:  Inspired eCourse

Inspired eCourse