Welcome Ignite Your Creativity’s Monthly Spark Newsletter.
This month we will feature articles, book recommendations, monthly writing prompts, free wallpapers, as well as tips, tricks and plenty of inspiration. For a downloadable PDF version of the newsletter click here:Ignite Your Creativity Monthly Spark Newsletter ~ August 2011
Creativity on a Dime
by Belinda Witzenhausen
Pick up Craft Supplies, Instruments, or Materials on the Cheap
Do you feel that you would love to pursue a creative activity but aren’t in a position to invest a lot of money? There are affordable options!
Being creative need not be expensive. Thanks to the insurgence of dollar stores there are now more affordable options for those who want to pursue their creativity. Painters can purchase craft quality paint, brushes and mini-canvases. Writers can find many different journals, pens and loose-leaf paper.
For those who like arts and crafts there is everything from scrap booking supplies to beads to wooden forms and cooking utensils. Once you advance in your chosen activity, you can always make a bigger investment.
If you are interested in taking classes check out local community centre or specialized craft companies. For a cost of about $10 – $20 plus the cost of supplies, you can take a workshop and have access to equipment such as kilns etc.
Nature is always a great source of supplies, but remember not to cause damage in the process of collecting items. Leaves, polished stones, wildflowers, seashells and branches can all be used in your masterpiece.
You can also reinvent what you already own. That old chair or table which has been relegated to the basement can get a new lease on life. With a can of paint and a little creativity, you can make a fabulous new addition to your home.
Another great tool for creativity is your own computer. There are many freeware or shareware photo editing and graphic programs available online. These programs may not be as advanced as some of the more popular ones but are a great way to start.
If you create a piece you like you can print it out on fancy paper, iron-on transfers or photography paper, all of which work with an inkjet printer. Not sure how to use the software? Check out the author’s website to see if they offer free on-line tutorials.
If music is a passion but you are concerned about the noise and costs, there are options. Instead of purchasing an instrument, check out local music stores to see if rentals are available. If you wish to make a purchase check out yard sales, pawn and consignment shops for second hand instruments.
If noise is the major concern, (especially if you live in close quarters) also inquire about rehearsal studios or see if friends or relatives might have a suitable area. For those who play electrical instruments you are in luck as most amplifiers come equipped with headphone jacks which allow you to practice without interfering with other’s peace and quiet.
Musicians can also benefit by taking advantage of free concerts, which are a summer staple in many cities. Once you are ready to share your talent check out local “jams” this is where musicians from all skill levels and musical preferences get together to play. These jams are great places to learn as well as showcase your talents and put you in touch with other musicians.
Remember that you can always make an investment down the road but to get started you don’t need to spend a lot but just make sure you have fun with the process.
“Lack of money is no obstacle. Lack of an idea is an obstacle.”- Ken Hakuta
(Orignially published on Suite101.com)
“A truly creative person rids him or herself of all self-imposed limitations.”
~Gerald G. Jampolsky
Creativity Coaching at Ignite Your Creativity
Google “Creativity Coaching” and you will discover thousands of links to people who dedicate their lives to help everyday people reach their creative potential. Ignite Your Creativity is pleased to announce that we are now offering creativity coaching as one of our services.
What are Creativity Coaches? Creativity Coaches are life coaches who focus on one’s creative evolution. Our mission is to help you focus on improving and redefining your future by encouraging you to focus on creative pursuits. Many artists, writers, musicians, and other creative people live with anxieties, doubts, fears, and worries that often hinder their creative minds. A Creativity Coach’s main goal is to assist and guide you to reach your dreams and to help you live the creative life you desire. Ultimately, we endeavor to help our client write, paint, compose, find meaning and happiness where the main goal is to create. We will encourage you to set attainable goals and offer a level of accountability through assignments geared to your specific goal. We will inspire you to think bigger and to work on developing your ideas and energies into meaningful creative projects.
Together we will help you identify, understand and work through any creative blocks that stand in the way of your goals. Working with us will enable you to become the creative person, you have always wanted to be.
The “Ignite Your Creativity” program consists of:
- 4 weeks of creativity coaching via email (consecutive weeks)
- 1 initial assessment email to get started
- 4 emails with tips, inspiration and activities geared towards your particular goals
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” ~ George Eliot
Using Affirmations to Create the Life You Want!
Using affirmations to create one’s life has become more relevant to “everyday” people who are learning that by controlling their thoughts they can in fact determine their level of happiness and their own personal meaning in life. With the advent of such books as “The Secret” and “You Can Heal Your Life” more people are opening themselves to the possibility that they can control their view of the world. One small caveat that needs to be pointed out is that saying affirmations alone, will not change your world…YOU must do the work to accomplish that! What affirmations do is help you focus your intentions, help you create a mindset where you are not limiting yourself or delving in to the negativity that so often defeats a person. Often with a positive mindset, you will see opportunities and take chances you might not do if thinking negatively.
Creating your own affirmations:
When creating affirmations you should try to:
- form them in the present tense.
- make sure they are always in the positive tense .
- they ALWAYS hold meaning for you.
- write down affirmations, often when we write down our intentions they hold more meaning for us. They are more “concrete”.
- post your affirmations, dress them up if you like and place them where you can see them and read them everyday!
This Month’s Affirmation: “I have unlimited potential”
To use as wallpaper click on image to enlarge, for Windows right-click “Set as Desktop”
Walking in this World [Paperback] by Julia Cameron (Author)
Reviewer: Belinda Witzenhausen
This is a wonderful book, which helps in what Julia Cameron calls our “creative recovery”. “Walking in This World: The Practical Art of Creativity” (Penguin Group released 2002) is the intermediate version of The Artist’s Way which assists you in continuing your creative growth. The book is full of sage advice and offers brilliant strategies for overcoming most creative challenges creative people face. This is a wonderful book that helps the reader develop great tools to overcome creative blocks and get back to creating!
August’s Book Recommendations
|Writing ~ Inspiration||
Writing in Flow: Keys to Enhanced Creativity
|Susan K. Perry (Author)|
|List Price:||CDN$ 29.53|
|Writing ~ Instructional||
Characters and Viewpoint (Elements of Fiction Writing)
|Orson Scott Card(Author)|
|List Price:||CDN$ 20.30|
|Creativity||The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World [Paperback]|
|List Price:||CDN$ 18.00|
August’s Writing Prompts
Write your ending…
We all have a book we loved, that captured our hearts, but we weren’t happy with the ending. Take this book and re-write the ending you have always imagined. What would the characters do if you were the author? Would the conclusion teach the same lesson? Leave the reader with the same feeling? Keep to the theme of the book? Contemplate on the page!
A picture is worth a thousand words…
We all, at one time or another have had a dream that has stuck with us. It can be beautiful, scary, meaningful, bizarre, but one way or another it has become unforgettable. Write about your most poignant dream. Describe it in detail. What meaning did it hold, if any?
To use as wallpaper click on image to enlarge, for Windows right-click “Set as Desktop”
Photographs by Belinda Witzenhausen ©2011
Music by Mike Witzenhausen ©2011