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Three Essential Practices to Develop Creative Curiosity

Are you curious? If you’re like most deeply creative people, your curiosity, about everything, knows no bounds – even though you might keep your relentless questions quiet from time to time to not annoy your friends.

Curiosity is the gateway to creativity. Asking questions is the natural way to move forward. After all, the creative process itself is often sparked with the question “What if?”

Harness Your Curiosity

Curiosity is a great start but to really make creative gains, you’ll want to direct and amplify that force. Here are 3 essential practices to develop your creative curiosity.

Keep a Journal

Yes, we’ve all heard this time and again, but it really is the beginning of a meaningful creative practice. It doesn’t matter if your notebook is plain or fancy, lined or unlined or bound or loose pages – it only matters that you carry it with you and use it regularly. Don’t worry about being “writerly” or “artistic” either. Use it for everything that strikes your fancy.

Mine are usually smaller notebooks that I can carry with me that I use to make notes, sketches, lists (sometimes it’s just my shopping list) and even attach clippings and other scraps that interest me. The pages are a mash-up of my daily life and aren’t very often beautiful, but they’re mine. This is the one I’m working in right now:

Ask, Ask, Ask

Of course, asking questions is the realm of the curious but how often and how deeply do you really question what you encounter everyday?

Start a new page in your notebook for something in your daily life – say your commute to work or a project you’re working on – and ask the basic questions: Who is involved? What happens? When does it happen? Where does it happen? How does it happen? and Why does it happen?

Don’t be overly concerned with the answers as you write and try for multiple answers even if they seem silly. Make sketches or lists or margin notes if you like, the point is to become more familiar with questioning. Bonus points for finding answers that move you forward!

Try New Things

Do you have a daily routine? Most of us do and some parts are useful and necessary like brushing your teeth every day. But, other parts are ripe for change. Trying new things doesn’t have to mean big, bold life altering changes.

Start small: vary the route you take on a routine errand or to work, try a new brand of food, personal items or art supplies on your next shopping trip, listen to a different station for unfamiliar music, etc. Make a point to change something regularly and see how it affects your creativity.

Creativity is in the Questions

While curiosity drives creativity, it can be hard to hold on to that questioning spirit when the world around us wants to get to the right answer without enjoying the creative questioning that takes time to unfold a truly new answer. What ways do you keep asking your creative questions? Let me know – I’d love to hear!

 

*This notebook is covered in the Shiny Designs Signature Print and has both lines and space for drawings. That’s hard to find, so I made this one! Grab yours from Amazon here!

Shiny Designs Signature Print Notebook on Amazon
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A Creative Kit for Creative People – Mixed Media Artist Ephemera Inspiration Kit

Mixed Media Inspiration Kit

Mixed Media Inspiration Kit

Every artist needs inspiration and the Mixed Media Art Inspiration Kit is carefully designed and curated to inspire you to create fearlessly. This papercraft and studio ephemera kit is filled with thoughtfully chosen hand painted papers, fibers and other items from my own collection.

I personally select and coordinate each handmade art kit so you can get started creating without having to search for for materials. Use these one of a kind materials for art journals, hand made cards, art tags, mixed media, assemblage art and scrapbooking!

Here’s what one happy creator had to say:

I loved that each piece in the kit perfectly compliments all the others and believe it would be great for all sorts of mixed media projects tags, pockets, cards, mixed media canvas art, collage, embellishments to add to journals…

Tracey C.

Each kit is a thoughtfully curated artist’s collection of carefully chosen hand painted (generally, single side) artist papers, textiles and other studio ephemera. Your kit will definitely include, at a minimum:

  • 3 Strathmore 25% cotton rag archival letter size sheets,
  • 3 full sheets of coordinating prints,
  • 1 roll of mini washi tape,
  • 3 two yard lengths of coordinating fibers,
  • Assorted studio items and embellishments for a minimum of 30 items from my studio collection of fine and unusual items.

You’ll get a variety of items from studio ephemera and textiles to found objects from my personal stash. See the listing photos for examples of the wonderful things you could find in your kit.

Each kit is completely unique and made by hand. They’re designed to leave plenty of room for you to add your own creativity to produce a work of art that is more than the sum of the parts. Get yours today!