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The Amazing Benefits of Creative Time – The Writer's Circle. Did you know that your health and personal well-being can benefit when you make time to be creative?

The Amazing Benefits of Creative Time – The Writer's Circle

It’s true! Whether you write, draw, scrapbook, or create quilts, when you engage in something creative, your mind and body benefits. Here’s some of the latest research and vignettes from people finding their lives are more grounded and rich after dedicating time to their favorite creative pursuit: Writer Michael Grothaus has been journaling for twelve years and finds it helps him feel better after putting his thoughts to paper.

A particular form of writing called Expressive Writing has been found to grant its practitioners a host of long term benefits including, but not limited to: Fewer stress-related visits to the doctorImproved immune system functioningReduced blood pressureReduced absenteeism from workQuicker re-employment after job lossImproved working memory Michael offers eight great tips for how to start or improve your journaling experience. Said Eschleman: It's your time to fly. A Dozen Quick-Tips for Collage (And A Can't-Miss Sale) Please enjoy this blog post from our archives.

A Dozen Quick-Tips for Collage (And A Can't-Miss Sale)

It’s too good not to share again! Follow Cate Prato’s collage tips, and then take advantage of this Collage Basics Kit. It usually retails for $152.11, but for a limited time you can get it for only $33.33! This collection comes with a variety of collage art supplies and plenty of instructional resources to get you going. ~Cherie A Dozen Collage Tips by Cate Prato 1 Be inspired. 2 Start with the unusual. 3 Use text. 4 Dress for success. 5 Go natural. 6 Go digital. 7 Wax on. 8 Get it together. 9 Redefine paper. 10 Pick a theme. 11 Overcome color prejudice. 12 Use what you have. Digital Photo Art: How to Print on Dryer Sheets. I can't remember when I started using dryer sheets instead of liquid fabric softener.

Digital Photo Art: How to Print on Dryer Sheets

But the first time one of these gossamer fiber fragments floated out of a basketful of towels I said to myself, hmmm, I bet you could do something with those. A lot of other fiber artists were way ahead of me, dyeing, painting, stamping, and printing, and stitching them into art. Perhaps no one has made more beautiful use of dryer sheets than Natalya Aikens, who wrote about her digital art printing and painting process for Cloth Paper Scissors magazine. When I saw the article I thought, wow, what a way to upcycle. She begins by altering photographs digitally and ends with handstitching. The Beauty of Art Journaling: 5 Tips From Jodi Ohl. Today’s newsletter features a guest blog post from mixed-media artist Jodi Ohl, who shares her five great tips on choosing and using an art journal.

The Beauty of Art Journaling: 5 Tips From Jodi Ohl

Be inspired! Helpful Art Journaling Tips by Jodi Ohl Working on multiple art projects has been in my blood for as long as I can remember. Juggling, multitasking, being efficient, or working in tandem--whatever name you put on it--I can be either chaotic or extremely efficient. I think this habit started when I had a full-time job outside of the home. Art journaling is a great way to relax and immerse yourself in the creative process and to spark ideas for creative endeavors beyond the journal.

40 Vintage Photos of Frida Kahlo To Get Lost In Today. One of the most famous faces in the world Frida Kahlo (born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón) was a Mexican painter whose self-portraits beautifully and honestly expressed the female form in a new way.

40 Vintage Photos of Frida Kahlo To Get Lost In Today

Self-taught, Kahlo created at least 140 paintings, as well as dozens of drawings and studies. The great artist died in 1954 and was cremated, while an autopsy was never done, it was determined that her official cause of death was a pulmonary embolism. Kahlo and her art has been immortalized in Mexican culture and feminist discourse, so we at BUST are glad to celebrate her art work. Image c/o Nickolas Muray, Imogen Cunningham, Julien Levy, Mauel Alvarez Braud, Frida Kahlo, Florence Arquin, Leo Matiz, Lucienne Bloch, Fritz Henie, Lola Alvarez Bravo, Carl Van Vechten, Guillermo Davila, Juan Guzman, W.J. You'll Love This Simple Art Journaling Exercise! You know the exhilaration you feel when you’ve just finished making a piece of art?

You'll Love This Simple Art Journaling Exercise!

That’s how I feel right now, and the watercolor isn’t even completely dry on the art journal page I just completed after being inspired by Gina Rossi Armfield’s No Excuses Watercolor. Gina’s book is part of our “No Excuses Watercolor” kit, which includes her No Excuses Watercolor eBook, No Excuses Art Journaling (eBook), and two of Gina’s video downloads on similar topics. That’s hours of techniques, advice, and inspiration! I had chosen a simple exercise from her new book to share with you here, but as I studied this particular art journaling lesson (below), I decided to give it a try. The beautiful part isn’t so much the completed piece (you can see my work below), but rather the excitement that I felt when clearing the table, gathering my supplies, and then jumping in. Exercise: Sketch Journal by Gina Rossi Armfield Use a watercolor journal to work on quick studies and sketches. 1. 2. Home.