I recently met up with a friend who works as a Concept Artist at Meow Wolf, an immersive interactive art experience in Santa Fe, NM. He showed me some of the 3D models he created for a new exhibit in Denver. I flipped through images of ice cathedrals and portals to alternate dimensions while he described his creative process and answered all my questions. I could tell he was proud of this work. He smiled as we talked, his energy magnetic and glowing.Read More
Free digital download of my new workbook! Zinefest is my favorite day of the year. I get to spend a whole day talking to people in my community about creativity, writing, design, and activism. This year I debuted a zine called Creativity is an Action.Read More
My answer to this reader's question: How can I justify living a more minimalistic lifestyle while expecting others to buy my art, which is arguably just "useless stuff?"Read More
I recently received this question from a reader and friend: "I think my biggest creative roadblock is that I get super fired up for creative projects every once in a while. The other 95% of the time I focus on other things and lose sight of how happy it makes me to create. How can I make creativity a more natural and regular part of my life?"
Thank you so much for your question, dear friend! This is quite a common problem and one that I revisit often since our habits and routines always require a few tweaks here and there. Like good design, our lives are iterative. Keep reading for my thoughts on making creativity a more natural part of your daily routine.Read More
This month I pulled up my big-girl panties and challenged myself to play around with Photoshop. It’s still early in the month and I have spent about 20+ hours within the program. I’m not yet a Photoshop wizard, but I do feel much more comfortable playing around with some of the more complex features. Through this experiment, I’ve realized that the first 20 hours of learning something new are often the most frustrating. You don’t get any of the fuzzy feelings or sense of fulfillment that come from other activities. You feel defeated. You wonder if it is possible to break the “undo” ctrl+z button.
So how do you get through the first 20 hours of frustration and despair that come with learning a new skill? Keep reading to see my tips.Read More
A simple guide to make a Minimum Viable Creative Project to get started on a creative path. A Minimum Viable Creative Project is a small, digestible creative project that you can start and finish within a week or a couple months.Read More
Start a 100 Day Project to close the gap between your artistic taste and your creative potential. Completing your own 100 Day Project could transform your creative output, allow you to experiment with something new, and give you the confidence to move closer toward your creative dreams. Why not give it a shot before the year is over?!Read More
Do you have a place or routine in your life where you go to retreat from the world, to think, to write, to create, to read? Is this place or routine the same for where you go to actually do your creative work? For me, these processes are very different, one involves expending creative energy and the other involves filling up with energy and inspiration. Guess where I go to retreat from the world and get inspired? Keep reading to find out!Read More
Getting involved in the punk and DIY scene in my community helped me overcome perfectionism and actually start and finish creative projects. Perfection kills creativity. Don’t let it have that power! How can you win the battle against perfectionism this week? What will you create that isn’t perfect, but it’s something the world needs to see? The world needs your unique voice!Read More
Alternate Title: "Doing What You Can With What You’ve Got"
This year, I decided to make creativity a priority in my life. Keeping with this thread, I knew I would eventually need to designate a space in my home to create. I turned my spare room into a creative studio with a super small budget. Take a look at my process and let your imagination run wild with what you could do with your space! You don't need a whole room, either. You could just as easily set up a writing desk in a corner of your living room or buy an organization station for your art supplies.Read More
A list of fun and free activities that will get you out of "busy" mode and into a state of relaxation and inspiration. How can you relax and get inspired this week?Read More
Zines are mini magazines that you can create about any topic. Zines have helped me get out of a creative rut and back into writing and designing. For this reason, I think they are a great way to flex your creative muscle, especially if you feel like that particular muscle is out of shape. Not convinced you should start making zines? Keep reading for my four main reasons to start making zines!Read More