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DIY watercolor paper collage

<b>Ever had those really smart moments when you think of something cool? Well today’s post is one of those times I thought “Let me experiment” and</b> …

Does Procrastination Inspire Creativity and Innovation?

On Sundays, one of my favorite activities is to sit at the kitchen table and read the <i>New York Times</i>. I was all in a week ago with an Adam Grant article titled "Step 1: Procrastination." Knowing full-well that Grant, a professor of management and psychology at the Wharton School of the University of …

A Peek Inside the Notebooks of Great Creators, from Architecture to Advertising to Street Art

The nature and origin of creativity is the subject of many a theory. But, rather than theorizing about it, wouldn’t it be great if we could just lift the lid of a great creative mind and see just how the machinery works? Well, we sort of can — by way of great creators’ private notebooks and …

A Notebook Made for your Whole Brain

Some people, like myself, like to believe we’re equal parts right brain (for creativity) and left brain (for rationality), because not everyone is …

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5 Steps to Illustrating a Repeat Pattern by Hand

Creating your own repeat pattern tile is a simple skill that's applicable to hundreds of fun projects — and your friends will ALWAYS be impressed! …

How to Work Through Difficulty: Lewis Carroll’s Three Tips for Overcoming Creative Block

“When you have made a thorough and reasonably long effort, to understand a thing, and still feel puzzled by it, stop, you will only hurt yourself by going on.”<p>In addition to having authored my all-time favorite book, <i>Alice in Wonderland</i>, <b>Lewis Carroll</b> was a man of extraordinary and frequently …

It's birthday day here in our house which means we are elbow deep exploring new to us books and toys. This gorgeous volume - Maps by Aleksandra Mizielinska - is a stunner. Beautiful illustrations and chocker bock full of the nonfiction goodness that my newly six year old adores. -Danielle

Sidewalk Flowers: An Illustrated Ode to Presence and the Everyday Art of Noticing in a Culture of Productivity and Distraction

A gentle wordless celebration of the true material of aliveness.<p><i>“How we spend our days, of course, is how we spend our lives,”</i> Annie Dillard wrote in her magnificent defense of living with presence. But in our age of productivity, we spend our days running away from boredom, never mind its creative …

Midcentury masterstroke: the man who gave the world affordable art – in pictures

By the 1940s, Fernand Mourlot’s print shop in Paris was <i>the</i> place for artists to get exhibition posters made – and they became artworks of their own (with less staggering price tags). Matisse, Miró and Manet were regulars, and Picasso loved it so much he set up shop there in 1945, making more than …

10 Daily Routines For Honing Your Creativity

If your daily routine doesn’t get your creative juices flowing, consider adapting these habits of famously creative thinkers.<p>Creativity can be as elusive as it is rewarding. Inspiration usually lies just beyond the intellect’s reach, sparking our best work and sneaking away when we need it …

Creativity

Artists Transform Coffee Spills Into Masterpieces

Ever splashed yourself with coffee or sat a dripping cup down on a white tablecloth? Then you're well aware of the beverage's staining powers. But where some see a ruined shirt, others have found a canvas.<p>For artist Maria Aristidou, it all started with a latte. "I was working on another commission …

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Secrets To Creating The Perfect Masculine Art Wall

Gentlemen, if you’re on the hunt for something a little different to add to those undoubtedly bare walls of your man pad, you have found yourself in …

Why your brain loves music

New neuroscience study sets out to explain why in some respects music offers the same sort of pleasure as a really good thriller.<p>The love affair between <b>music</b> and neuroscience just keeps going and going. And this isn’t surprising because music’s power over us is so huge, and so odd. It’s not like …

The Secret Museum: Van Gogh’s Never-Before-Seen Sketchbooks

Given my soft spot for the sketchbooks of famous artists and private notebooks of great creators, I was delighted to discover that, unbeknownst to most, <b>Vincent van Gogh</b> kept one. In an 1882 letter to his brother Theo, he wrote: “My sketchbook shows that I try to catch things ‘in the act.’” This …

The R&D Lab of Creativity: Inside the Sketchbooks of Beloved Illustrators and Designers

As an unapologetic voyeur with a soft spot for the notebooks and sketchbooks of famous artists, designers, and other creators, I was instantly enamored with <b>Sketchbooks: The Hidden Art of Designers, Illustrators, and Creatives</b> (<i>public library</i>) from British publisher Laurence King, who brought us the …

The Best Art Books of 2015

Urban dogs, underworld dragons, the unseen Peanuts, and every living person in New York.<p>I think of my annual best-of reading lists as Old Year’s resolutions in reverse — unlike traditional resolutions, which frame our aspirational priorities for the new year, these reflect on the books that emerged …

Maurice Sendak on Storytelling, Creativity, and the Eternal Child in Each of Us: His Marvelous Forgotten 1970 Conversation with Studs Terkel

On the lifelong pleasure of “having your child self intact and alive and something to be proud of.”<p><i>“One of the most powerful men in the United States is a dark-haired young bachelor with a mobile face, who was born in Brooklyn in 1928.”</i> So wrote Brian O’Doherty in his 1963 <i>New York Times</i> profile of</b> …

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Matisse Handpainted Vintage Bag by Anna Petrich

Vintage handbag, imitation leather, hand painted by Anna Petrich.<p><b>Unique piece.</b><p>Excellent condition. Inner lining fabric.<p>The bag has a zippered …

Interview: Artist Leah Flores Combines Her Love of Nature with Inspirational Quotes

With her work featured in the pages of British Vogue and sold in retail stores like Urban Outfitters and Nordstrom, there’s no questioning the fact that Leah Flores has turned her passion for photography and illustration into a successful career. Though not initially starting out in a creative …

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