What if you just do creative stuff? Plus a new Zine!

Time to do some creative stuff. It's time to go BEYOND reading about, thinking about, talking about, pinning, saving, envisioning, planning. It is time for actually DOING. 

What matters is getting in gear and actually freaking doing it. No more excuses. No more elaborate theories about why you aren't jumping in. If you want to do art for 15 minutes a day, you can find 15 minutes a day. Trade off something like surfing pinterest or complaining about how the guy at the deli forgot the kosher dills on your corned beef sandwich. 

Some books to get started?

Creative License by Danny Gregory
Make it Mighty Ugly by Kim Werker
Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith
Finding Your Own North Star by Martha Beck {this is a little woo woo, but there are gems inside}
Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists by Carla Sonheim
The Collage Workbook by Randal Plowman
Journal Junkies Workshop by Scott and Modler

Getting in the groove of doing creative stuff every day - even every week - is possible, yet not always easy. If I could, I'd just cast a spell with help from Samantha or Hermione.

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I can honestly say that doing art has changed my life. Not in a mystical, otherworldly way, but in an absolutely real way. I feel better if I do art on a regular basis. But you will not know unless you try. You will not know if you just think about doing creative stuff.

It's one step at a time, bit by bit, not a mad rush. Set up your little workspace. A small desk or corner of your dining room table or a basket of markers next to the couch is quite sufficient. You do not need an art studio with twinkly lights. Strategize about how you will make time for art each day for 61 days. A little advance planning is a great idea.

And a really lovely way to get the ball rolling with this creative habit thing? The fresh-off-the-digital-press Index-Card-a-Day Kick-Start Zine!!!!!  Get it in the Etsy shop via automatic digital download. 

The index-card-a-day challenge begins today. If  it's tomorrow, or you are across the international date line, go ahead and start anyhow. You do not have to catch up. Here's the ICAD FAQ.