“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…
I designed this project to help you discover the magic that happens when you journal for 30 days.
30 days of prompts and ideas to inspire, motivate, and en-Courage you, with creative community to support you. That’s my intention.
But what happens after these 30 days are up?
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… the writing you are doing here in the 30 Day Journal Project. Good for you!
You can also try this fun (and quick) way to create a yearlong journal:
During the 30 Day Journal Project last year, so many people wrote asking for ongoing connection and contact. I wanted that, too!
The seed was planted for a year-long journaling workshop that isn’t time-consuming or overwhelming—or even require a daily journal entry.
Ooh! How does that work?!
How it works:
Magic Book brings you a whole year of journaling inspiration.
Once per month I share a new set of creative journaling prompts and a project to help you connect with your creativity in our online classroom.
Projects include simple, easy and fun ways to incorporate mixed-media art, collage, photography into your journaling.
Each month is like adding a new chapter to your magic book. You don’t have to do all of the projects. Even if you just dip in and out, you’ll be creating a whole new year of possibilities.
This is a simple way to stay connected with your creativity, me, and a community of kindred journalers. You don’t have go it alone!
Get access to Magic Book right here (you’ll have immediate access to the first seven lessons, and get five more once per month from August – December, 2015).
What does intuitive creating mean to you? What kind of intuitive practice keeps you limber in your work? Is there a new intuitive creative practice you’d like to try?
This post is part of the 30 Day Journal Project.
Our theme for this year is: FLOW.
Just discovered this project? Great! You can begin right now.
Pop your email into the box below, and you’ll each day’s prompts delivered to you:
You’ll get Day 1 immediately when you sign up, and a new prompt each day after for 30 days.
Don’t want to receive prompts by email – or did your daily email go missing?
No worries, we’ve got options:
1. Every day for 30 days, a brand new set of journaling prompts is posted right here on my blog. Creative journaling is my number one tool as an artist and creative entrepreneur.
2. I also made printables of ALL 30 days of prompts… (this is how I’m making my journal this year)
Beauty & Connection
You may join our closed FB Group for this project here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/30dayjournal/
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.
You are invited to share your experience in the comments—the dream is to collect your stories for an upcoming book about this project.
Use the hashtag #30DAYJOURNAL in your blog and social media posts so we can find each other and build our creative community.
*Upcoming Workshops Registering Now*
A quick heads up that this is the last chance to join an online workshop with me until October, 2015.
Dreaming on Paper: The Creative Sketchbook is the foundational course that shows you how to effortlessly combine word, image, collage and photography to create richly layered visual journals.
This course is required for more in-depth study and the facilitator training. Four weeks, starts in August, 2015.
The 7 Creative Powers is all about breaking through resistance and understanding the places we get stuck. For those who have already taken Dreaming on Paper or Creative + Practice. This course is required for the Facilitator Training. Seven weeks, starts July 8th, 2015!