“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 creative 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.
The Creative Sketchbook helps you excavate your own true desires, innate wisdom, and intuition, with ease, gentleness and joy.
This workshop is a foundational course for The Creative Sketchbook Teacher Training.
The Journal Prompts in this Post Are Included in the FLOW: 30 Day Journal Project Printables
When I offered the first 30 Day Journal Project, I found that having the prompts printed out in advance helped me get right into my journaling for the day.
I think of this as lazy journaling. 🙂
Fill in the blank, and you’re done!
After I made these for myself, I prettied up the design (and added another layout) so you could use them, too. This is what I’m using for my own journaling.
There is another layout for cutting and pasting into an existing journal.
Get ALL of the FLOW 30 days of prompts & quotes (plus one bonus day) with 2 different layout designs.
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No more blank page. No more writer’s block.
Whether you are brand new to writing or journaling or simply want to break out of a rut in your creative practice, these printable prompts make it fast and easy to get going.
See All 30 Day Journal Printable Designs
There are four different sets of 30 Day Journal Project Printables, beautifully designed, each with a different theme.
Use the printables on your own, or with The 30 Day Journal Workshop
Come on over to my studio in Mexico (via video!) where I’ll show you how to journal with intention and focus as we create two different kinds of handmade journals. It all happens in The 30 Day Journal Project Workshop, designed for experienced and brand new journalers alike!
If you haven’t yet played with imagery (or paint) in your journals, then DO consider joining us!
You can, too.Explore More:
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.
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