Creativity
The Line: An Adventure Into Your Creative Depths
The Line
An Adventure Into Your Creative Depths
Paperback      ISBN: 0143108468
Feeling stuck creatively, or just missing your spark? Try The Line--perfect for creators, or anyone looking for an adventure

From the revolutionary mind of Wreck This Journal author Keri Smith comes an encouraging guide to discovering and trusting your inner voice, all through the guise of making a simple line. As you move through the pages of this book, you'll be asked to start a line, and then to take it through a series of increasingly interesting and meaningful adventures, from letting your line meander or jump around the pages, to using it to help you explore your past, make decisions, and discover the good in your world. A deceptively simple journey, you'll discover that with your one original line, you have the power to transform the world.

"Keri Smith may well be the self-help guru this DIY generation deserves." --The Believer
Living Out Loud: Activities to Fuel a Creative Life
Living Out Loud
Activities to Fuel a Creative Life
Hardcover      ISBN: 0811836746

Remember those childhood days spent running in your bare feet, playing make-believe, and most of all, living life with wonderment? That youthful enthusiasm and playfulness are key to discovering who you are and what you love to do. Living Out Loud is the perfect prescription for a creative jump start to your life. Included are games, projects, activities, crafts, postcards, and playful ideas that will send you off on an exciting adventure, where you'll discover inspiration around and within you.

Lots of Dots: Beautiful Art That Starts With a Dot
Lots of Dots
Beautiful Art That Starts With a Dot
Hardcover      ISBN: 1631062751

With Lots of Dots you will create beautiful art that starts with, you guessed it, a single dot

By combining some of the ideas of adult coloring, doodling, and hand-lettering, you will create colorful, eye-catching art with Lots of Dots. This technique driven book will have you picking up new skills quickly as you relax into this satisfying, artistic foray. And by including a little playfulness with your art, the subjects pop to life and off the page in a succession of vivid hues and dotted forms. This technique is perfect for beginners and for artists who want to explore a new style.

Approximately 20 pages of introduction give step-by-step instructions to create images of increasing complexity. Introductory pages also include over forty thumbnail images that can be used as inspiration.

Lots of Dots also includes templates that are lightly drawn with shapes outlined; the templates include animals - birds, sea life, butterflies, cats, owls; flowers and botanicals; motifs such as decorative borders, mandalas, sun, moon, and hearts; and people. Best of all, it's all printed on paper that will withstand markers, gel pens, colored pencils, crayons, and watercolors, so you can use any medium that inspires you.

Make Art Every Day: A Weekly Planner for Creative Thinkers--With Art Techniques, Exercises, Reminders, and 500+ Stickers
Make Art Every Day
A Weekly Planner for Creative Thinkers--With Art Techniques, Exercises, Reminders, and 500+ Stickers
Paperback      ISBN: 1631593366
Don't be intimidated by the prospect of daily creativity, Make Art Every Day is a 52-week planner filled with techniques and exercises to keep you on track

Visualize your creative goals with To Do: Make Art Every Day life planner, then make them a reality This 52-week calendar and sticker set will be your guide as you learn about, plan for, engage in, and nurture your creative practice. Your art journey opens with guidance on basic hand lettering and writing techniques, mark-making in pencil, pen, and marker, working with color, and handling watercolor and acrylic paints.

The weekly format makes it easy to start your creative year at any time. Each week offers 2 to 3 mini-exercises, and basic art techniques, like drawing a simple flower or painting a landscape in watercolor. Plus, this motivational planner includes 500 stickers to encourage you to Take Quiet Time, Make an Art Date, and Explore Something New.
Making Art a Practice: How to Be the Artist You Are
Making Art a Practice
How to Be the Artist You Are
Paperback      ISBN: 1844096076

Helping artists catapult into further action, this guide is a treasury of insight and inspiration. Rather than focus on art techniques that build skills or overcome creative blocks through playful activities or writing, this guide walks the artist through exercises designed to develop the personal qualities critical to being an artist in the world, such as courage, the ability to look and see, and connection to the true creative self. This is a hands-on, experiential action book designed to get the reader creating art and exploring a variety of possibilities for being an artist. According to the teachings of this handbook, engagement with art is less about end results or products and more about the self-awareness and competence that frees the artist to seek out and create work that is vital. This is a rigorous programme that allows artists of any skill level to deepen their creative habits and be the best artists possible.

Mastering Creative Anxiety: 24 Lessons for Writers, Painters, Musicians & Actors from America's Foremost Creativity Coach
Mastering Creative Anxiety
24 Lessons for Writers, Painters, Musicians & Actors from America's Foremost Creativity Coach
Paperback      ISBN: 157731932x

In his decades as a psychotherapist and creativity coach, Eric Maisel has found a common thread behind what often gets labeled "writer's block," "procrastination," or "stage fright." It's the particular anxiety that, paradoxically, keeps creators from doing, completing, or sharing the work they are driven toward. This "creative anxiety" can take the form of avoiding the work, declaring it not good enough, or failing to market it -- and it can cripple creators for decades, even lifetimes. But Maisel has learned what sets successful creators apart. He shares these strategies here, including artist-specific stress management; how to work despite bruised egos, day jobs, and other inevitable frustrations; and what not to do to deal with anxiety. Implementing these 24 lessons replaces the pain of not creating with the profound rewards of free artistic self-expression.

* Practical insights and proven techniques for overcoming the challenges and fears that plague creators of every kind
* Teaching tales that convey effective approaches to creating fearlessly and abundantly
Mess: The Manual of Accidents and Mistakes
Mess
The Manual of Accidents and Mistakes
Paperback      ISBN: 0399536000
From the internationally bestselling creator of Wreck This Journal, a book that celebrates mistake- and mess-making like never before...

Your whole life, you've been taught to avoid making a mess: try to keep everything under control, color inside the lines, make it perfect, and at all costs, avoid contact with things that stain.

This book asks you to do the opposite of what you have been taught. Think of it as your own personal rumpus room. A place to let loose, to trash, to spew, to do the things you are not allowed to do in the "real world."

There are only three rules you will find in this book:
1. Do not try to make something beautiful.
2. Do not think too much. (There is no "wrong.")
3. Continue under all circumstances.

It's time to make a mess.
The Mind's Best Work
The Mind's Best Work
Paperback      ISBN: 0674576241

Over the years, tales about the creative process have flourished-tales of sudden insight and superior intelligence and personal eccentricity. Coleridge claimed that he wrote "Kubla Khan" in one sitting after an opium-induced dream. Poe declared that his "Raven" was worked out "with the precision and rigid consequence of a mathematical problem."

D. N. Perkins discusses the creative episodes of Beethoven, Mozart, Picasso, and others in this exploration of the creative process in the arts, sciences, and everyday life.

The Mission of Art: 20th Anniversary Edition
The Mission of Art
20th Anniversary Edition
Paperback      ISBN: 1611806755

Twenty years after the original publication of The Mission of Art, Alex Grey's inspirational message affirming art's power for personal catharsis and spiritual awakening is stronger than ever. This book combines extensive knowledge of art history with phases of human consciousness evolution and shares firsthand experiences in creating art at the boundaries of madness and mysticism. Grey examines the roles of conscience and intention in the creative process, including practical techniques and exercises useful in exploring the spiritual dimensions of art. Challenging and thought-provoking, The Mission of Art will be appreciated by everyone who has ever contemplated the deeper purpose of creative expression.

No Mistakes: A Perfect Workbook for Imperfect Artists
No Mistakes
A Perfect Workbook for Imperfect Artists
Paperback      ISBN: 0143131788
An inspiring creative journal based on mindfulness practices and the "no mistakes" principles of improv, by a Gilmore Girls alum.

What if there were no mistakes? OK, that's impossible--but what if you learned to view your mistakes in a whole new light?

In this inspiring workbook, artist and former Gilmore Girls actress Keiko Agena guides you through simple exercises based on one of the founding ideas of improv: Any misstep is an opportunity for growth and creativity. Interspersed with coloring pages and original artwork by Agena, each exercise teaches you to confront your emotions, rethink your art, and take mindful breaks to recharge in her own playful, encourgaging voice:
- Describe a success you had, and identify the skills you learned to get you there.
- Look at an old piece of art that you're not proud of. What works, and how could you rework what doesn't?
- What actions can you take today to feed or rest your artistic impulse?

No Mistakes is a supportive space for amateurs, professional creatives, and everyone in between to test their boundaries, get to know their inner artist, and produce unique, meaningful work they feel proud of.