“Be like water making its way through cracks.
Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it.
If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.
Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water.
If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash.
Be water, my friend.”
— Bruce Lee
If today’s quote inspires you, and you want to know more about it’s origin, I invite you to pop over to Zen Pencils, and read this article.
Zen Pencils is a website where inspirational quotes from famous people are adapted into cartoons by artist Gavin Aung Than, a freelance cartoonist based in Melbourne, Australia.
I feel like Gavin is an artistic soul mate, the way he uses inspirational quotes as a jumping off place into even more creative work. Here’s what he made from the Bruce Lee quote:
I hope this inspires you to play with image in your journaling today.
Don’t worry if you don’t think you can draw. Pretend you’re five years old, get some crayons, and remember what it felt like to color before you didn’t think you could.
Alternatively, you could also make a collage with scraps of pretty paper, and cut up some of those old Asian Art books you might have laying around the house for the illustrations.
Cut up perfectly good books? Paint over and alter images of the Old Masters?
Yes, it happens at my house.
As you can see, I love to play around with headlines clipped from magazines in my art, too.
Today’s Journal Prompts:
In my journal writing, I can be like water by…
In my creative work, I can be turn rigidness into flow by…
I empty my mind right now of…
In my life, I can be like water by…
do you have a dream?
Every idea first begins with a dream, or some inking to create or grow that we can’t quite name.
I discovered how to follow my dreams and even make a living from them, using this simple, yet powerful creative process.
You can, too.
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This post is part of the 30 Day Journal Project.
Our theme for this year is: FLOW.
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Each inspirational quote for the 30 Day Journal Project has a pretty visual graphic for you to print out and paste your journal, add to your Pinterest gallery, or share as you wish.
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iHanna of iHanna ’s Blog (one of my longtime favorite creativity blogs) asks if you dare to call yourself an artist – and if you can, like her, be feel happy about the random brush strokes of an art journal page, in her post: Arting in the Art Journal.
In A Manifesto for the Hesitant Dreamer I share more about what Dreaming on Paper is all about, and what we do.
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