“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” ~ Picasso

  • Dance in your living room
  • Color; use coloring books or plain paper, doesn’t matter
  • Change your scenery (take a walk, move to a different room, write outside)
  • Play an instrument; if you don’t have any, pull out the pots and pans.
  • Take art classes at Michaels or Hobby Lobby
  • Skip instead of walk
  • Make jewelry
  • Walk barefoot in the grass
  • Change up your clothing
  • Wear different colored socks
  • Visit an art museum
  • Purchase and read The Artist Way and Workbook by Julia Cameron
  • Wear a fun scarf or eccentric glasses
  • Paint or draw a picture
  • Arrange flowers
  • Listen to a new style of music
  • Paint ceramics
  • Walk in a fountain
  • Sculpt something magnificent with Play-do
  • Rearrange your furniture
  • Paint a wall
  • Try a new hairstyle
  • Look at a book about weaving, making batik, woodworking, or some other master craft
  • Collect leaves
  • Photograph flowers
  • Make a collage
  • Make a My Heart book: collect pictures from magazines, etc that touch you in some way. Don’t think about it. Don’t use your brain, just your heart. Paste them into a journal.
  • Paint, draw and color, Scriptures and prayers. Use collage or other art techniques with this.
  • Spend fifteen minutes examining a leaf, flower, bug, shell, or some other piece of Art created by The Artist.
  • Sit in total silence and see where your mind goes.
  • Bird watch
  • Play. Pretend to be a countess from Eastern Europe. Imagine you are the only person for miles. Pretend your house is an island. Pretend you are a superhero, rock star, or famous dancer. Play! (This may work best for you when you are alone)
  • We were most creative when we were children. Make a volcano out of your potatoes. Pretend broccoli are trees. Be a giant.
  • Get a copy of Wreck This Journal and use it.
  • Collect coloring books, and use them
  • Turn off the TV for a week (if you can get away with it)
  • Build something with a hammer, nails and scrap wood.
  • Get up early and watch the sunrise; count the colors, then close your eyes and count the different kinds of sounds you hear.

In all the living and doing, don’t forget to be an artist.

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