Prompt60 #17: Happiness Instructions

"I have come to believe that there are infinite
passageways out of the shadows,
infinite vehicles to transport us into the light."
Martha Beck

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These are my Happiness Instructions. I'm challenging YOU to write a list of things that make you happy! It is pinned to the inspiration board in my office with a real pin! The base is drawing paper with black gesso and the materials include Neocolors, fluid acrylics, a map, receipts, textbook, ticket stubs, scrapbook paper. The title is in Sharpie paint marker outlined with black PITT pen. The instructions are in black PITT pen doodled with gellyrolls {I don't think you can see these in the photograph, they are the sparkly kind}. 

Creative Prompt. Make a journal page where key element is a list. Write directly on your journal page or write on loose paper and stick it into your journal with washi tape. You might write your very own Happiness Instructions, a list of favorite cartoon characters or favorite scents.

If you are just getting started with art or drawing, I want to recommend Danny Gregory's book The Creative LicenseI keep it in my drawer of books to read again and again. The topic is drawing, yes, but it's not a how-to book about drawing. It is a book about seeing, a book about giving yourself permission {license} to create. 

Another book that is great at giving you permission is Martha Beck's Finding Your Own North Star. There's a bit of woo-woo fluffy stuff but if you can handle that it is a marvelous book. My absolute favorite part has to do with not letting "everyone" {even an imaginary "everyone"} control your creative choices.

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