“If I create from the heart, nearly everything works;
if from the head, almost nothing.”
― Marc Chagall
Today’s quote is something I think I need to frame and put on my studio wall. A constant visual reminder is good for the mind that loves logic, reason, that tends toward over-thinking.
Also, I take heart with the idea that Chagall himself struggled with this. Maybe all artists do.
How about you?
These days in creative circles, there is more and more talk about intuitive painting, writing, creating.
But what does that really mean? Practically speaking, and to you — in your own experience?
This quote and today’s prompts can help us all explore this and come up with our own answers. By the way, I’m ALWAYS surprised at what arises when I sit down in front of blank paper to write by hand with my favorite pen.
I call this “working analog”. This is different that working digitally – like I’m doing right now typing this post on my laptop in my blog software.
If you are having a hard time feeling free in your writing, or accessing your intuition (or creative heart), and feel stuck in your head, then writing by hand with pen and paper will help you loosen up.
Working analog invites creative flow.
There is a time and place for typing, for sure. But our intuitive, creative brains (and hearts) adore ink on paper. Books we can hold in our hands and close and put upon a book shelf. Handmade journals. Sketchbooks.
Analog brings our senses alive in ways we just don’t get typing on our laptops or reading on our Kindles.
Do you remember the smell of new books? The quiet hush of libraries? Talking with the proprietor of your favorite used book shop? Digging through stacks of old broken books to use for collage or altered books? The feel of ink moving across paper. The particular slant of our handwriting, how the ink smudges if we spill our tea or wipe a tear.
For me, intuitive creating means:
I’m using analog supplies – off the computer
I am in touch with my feelings more than my thoughts
I feel like playing, experimenting, exploring
I’m not trying to get at a particular outcome
I’m listening to how my heart says YES to certain colors, words, shapes, forms, ideas
and then acting on those ideas as fast as possible, before my logical mind rushes in to second-guess or criticize.
Today’s Journal Prompts:
When I create from my heart…
When I create from my head…
The difference between creating from my heart and my head is…
What I’ve learned about heart vs. head creating is…
If you want to journal and write regularly, what do you write about?
Kate Bartolotta of Be You Media Group writes,
“As much as we love to create, if we want to keep that essential spark alive in our work, we need to adopt other practices that help us refuel and restore.
If we consider our creative life to be in equal thirds—create, refuel, restore—about a third of the time we spend on our writing practice should simply be restorative, a practice to process our life events, our relationships, our emotions, and to “clear the dust” when we find we have gotten stuck.”
Her article, Journaling as a Restorative Practice, includes ideas for five different types of journals you can keep.
You’ve already got one journal going… good for you!
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!