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Inspiration: Think less and feel more!

Oh, spark of creativity… where art thou?

… or how to listen to my right brain.

Since the beggining of 2010, I’ve been ongoing into a creative process. I didn’t notice this until recently. I don’t know about you but, for me, I  realized that I do a lot of thinking and have a tendancy to ratialize everything.
For examples: the life-changing decisions I make, the work I choose, the projects that get done… all of theses have been controlled by my left side brain. My rational and logical mind.

For some people, this seems to work out fine without questionning themselves too much. (At least, in the moment.) But, the problem is that my values don’t necesseraly work with theses statements.

Since I wishes to make a living in a creative field, I need to be much more closer to the right brain: intuitivity, imagination, feelings…

I wish to experience more with art and judge it less.  

If  you’d like to, join me in this promess you make to yourself. 

Here are some good books, that I recently read, to start or continue your creative journey:


  • Women who run with the wolves
    By Clarissa Pinkola Estés
    (From Publishers weekly) Folklore, fairy tales and dream symbols are called on to help restore women’s neglected intuitive and instinctive abilities in this earthy first book by a Jungian analyst. According to Estes, wolves and women share a psychic bond in their fierceness, grace and devotion to mate and community. This comparison defines the archetype of the Wild Woman, a female in touch with her primitive side and able to rely on gut feelings to make choices.
  • Succulent Wild Women
    By SARK
    (From Library Journal) SARK, an author, artist, and incest survivor with many years of therapy and self-healing behind her, wishes to shine her “beacon of hope to the world” as she encourages and inspires women of all ages to become “succulent.” She defines this as transcending past pains and feeling the freedom of full self-expression.

Even thought theses two books are very differents from each others, they both share similar messages about freedom and creativity for women.

I know they have been around for awhile, but I guess I wasn’t ready to listen to their message until recently. 😉

Please, let me know if you enjoyed them or feel free to share  more creative ressources for people, like me, who are starting a creative journey!

Inspiration: Postcard art swap

I’ve been very inspired Ihanna‘s postcard swap she did recently with bloggers from the art & craft community. She first mentionned this on #craftsocial via Twitter (correct me if I’m wrong, Hanna!) and she had a huge success witth this.

Here are some of my favorites that I found on the DIY Postcard Swap Flickr group:

By Prismtrail
Ah, the birds. Gotta love birds! I really enjoy the soft colors and wonder how the artist did the background effect. It really is neat.

From CarliniFed
This is one great and different idea. Not to mention it makes one comfy postcard!

From Heather Kirtland.
Lots of lovely stamps here and I adore the use of crayons/colors over the images and text. It changes the mood a lot.

From Lillamanda
Once again, you know how much I have a thing for mixed-medias, this one being fabric, embroidery & paper. How come I never do this? :-p

From Beebers31
You can’t go wring with a Peter Pan quote! 😉 I love the mix of thoses vintage images.

From Olive Nabya
This one’s picture isn’t great, but I really wanted to share it as I love the idea of taking old 35 mm film to create with. This is such a great idea!

From sacredgympsy
My “zen” side really likes this one. The message is very clear, here. I’d put this one right next to my computer desk. 😉

Congratulations to all who participated in the swap. I know theses takes a lot of time (Which is one of the reason why I couldn’t participate), but they are so inspiring and it’s fun to interact “for real” with the other bloggers.

If you’d like to participate in a postcard swap, Hanna suggests the postcard swaps in the Swapbot community. I never tried it, but may very well do so this year. (As soon as I manage my time better. Mmph! Shouldn’t we all? :p)

5 simple tips for artists & crafters to get in shape.

Awesome picture from Dennymont via Flickr.

… and why it’s good for us!

Since the new year started, I’ve been looking forward to get back in shape as I had some difficulty to manage my time with online school and my full-time job in 2009.

Spending more than 8 hours a day on a computer or a drawing table is everything BUT a healthy habit. :-/ Being an artist/crafter doesn’t excuse this. We all need to balance our life a little better.

I don’t know if you’ll find this useful or if this is related to this blog’s purpose, but I thought that I’d post it, anyway. It’s something that me and my creative friends often struggles with, so I thought that some of you might have the same problem, as well.

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Here are some major benefits for us to get moving:

  • It gets your creative mind flowing and out of “clutter”.
  • You will have more energy, so you’ll produce more and better art/craft.
  • Your mood will get better so it will enhance your relationships with other creatives.

1. Choose something that you like.

It may seem like a “duh” thing here, but it’s very important to find an activity that appeals to you.

Don’t choose something just because you want to please your friend or because “it looks cool”. Be sincere at what you like and you’re much more likely to keep going.

2. Organize a group.

This shouldn’t sound as a surprise, but most of us love being with people and have fun interractions.

If you’re thinking about getting into a sport, tell the world.
Your friends, at your job, on social medias sites… you will certainly find at least one person who is interested in joining. Even more if you do this in january. (Eheh.)

The main advantage of organizing a group is that it will keep you going. You won’t want to let your group down and vice-versa. Overcome the couch potato!

3. Go with the season!

If you’re living in Canada where it’s -30 degree celcius (Hello, me!), you may not want to go for a run on the sidewalk.
For example, this year, me and some friends decided to go skating together after work. Not only has this proven to be a very effective way to keep us moving, but since it’s a seasonal, we know it won’t last forever. So we tend to go skating more often. 🙂

4. Hire a gym coach.

“But I don’t have money for this!” A common excuse. But I’m sure we all had the money to buy the latest craft supply or a new techie tool. Busted!
A coach can be a great source of motiviation if you’re planning your 6th membership to a gym you yet have to try. They will call you to make sure you’re going to your next meeting, will give you tips and answer all your newbie questions.

5. Still no money? Be creative!

Do what you’re best at; Look for an alternative way to keep you in shape.
There’s never been so many options availables. :

  • DVD’s. (Even Youtube have some demos & classes.)
    I found some interesting and different ones via World Dance New York. (Belly & tribal dances, hoop, etc.) Never tried them but I’m tempted!
  • Local YMCA &  clubs.
    They are often less expensives than specialized classes or at local gyms.
  • Start taking walks, go running, make an easy home-gym or use a Wii-fit!

Is there anything else you can think of? I’m sure there is. 🙂 Happy moving!


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Share your favorite christmas memorabilia

I’d like to try something different and inspiring today.
As I was browsing through my art supplies, I realized that I’ve had this christmas themed box for quite some time, now.

If it wouldn’t be for the date written on it, I wouldn’t know I’ve had this box for that many years.

I must have been 11 years old and I still remember being in the grocery shop, asking my mom to get this beautiful tin box. I made a point that there were Oreos inside that could be eaten, as well. 😉

When I take a close look at this box, I think I had some good visual taste for an 11 years old. There are so many beautiful details in it, the original image must have been handpainted, for sure. Image softwares certainly weren’t as performing as today.
Oil or acrylic? Perhaps some mix media? Only the unknown artist knows for sure.

It’s not in perfect shape and got some scratches, but it survived the years from being a “Secret box” to today’s full-time job as an art-supply carrier in my little workspace.

It’s probably even a treassure for some ebay collectors. I like it, not because of it’s monetary value, but for all the memories it brings back to me as I get a little older, one christmas after another.

And you? Do you have any special christmas memorabilia? Would you like to share it with the rest of us?


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My name is Fanie and I’m a Montreal based illustrator & graphic designer. You may know me from drawing The Crafty Life comic in CLM. I ♥ comics, vegan food & ghost stories.

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