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Creative Juice #95

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Creative Juice #95

Twelve articles to tickle your fancy.

Video of the Week #138: Extreme Crocheter Suffers for her Art

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Video of the Week #138: Extreme Crocheter Suffers for her Art

Creative Juice #69

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Creative Juice #69

A dozen after-turkey articles to motivate you to create during this holiday weekend. (By the way, I’m thankful for all the people who read Creative Juice.)

  1. The Other Art Fair.
  2. What if life really is just the dress rehearsal? I never thought of eternity in quite this way before.
  3. Can you determine whether a poem was written by a human or a computer? (I missed two out of three.)
  4. Rituals and memories.
  5. Why a painting by Manet shocked his contemporary audience.
  6. Need some inexpensive gift ideas? Be sure to watch the video of the grown-up fidget spinner.
  7. Here’s an alternative advent calendar you create yourself.
  8. Christmas decorations you can make yourself with paper.
  9. Beautiful quilting. Be sure to click on each image for the enlargement.
  10. Why it’s good to try your hand at different arts.
  11. Marvelous photographs by Cig Harvey.
  12. Psychologist Dean Simonton writes: “On average, creative geniuses aren’t qualitatively better in their fields than their peers, they simply produce a greater volume of work which gives them more variation and a higher chance of originality.” Author Thomas Oppong says, “If you want to be prolific, stop judging yourself.” (I don’t totally believe that—you have to judge yourself somewhat if you want to put out excellent work. But this article gives creatives much to think about.)

 

Creative Juice #67

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Creative Juice #67

A lot of incredible photography this week. And some other stuff. Enjoy!

  1. Sunset in.
  2. Unfortunately, most of the things I make are like something I’ve seen. How do we acquire the courage to experiment with an original design?
  3. I <heart> NY!
  4. This would be a fun art project to do with kids.
  5. Three friends travel through Europe, following Van Gogh’s footsteps to gain insight into his art.
  6. “Illustwriter” Hallie Bateman talks about inspiration.
  7. Gorgeous quilts!
  8. Amazing photographs of birds.
  9. Just 30 seconds of Christmas decorations at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
  10. Liquid rugs.
  11. How does this happen? People in art museums blending in with the artwork
  12. Dizzying photographs of a Chinese library.

A Christmas Roundup

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A Christmas Roundup

Some of my favorite internet offerings for the season:

  • When I was a girl, I loved to watch Magoo’s Christmas Carol, an annual television special retelling the Dickens classic through a popular cartoon character of the time. I learned the songs by heart, and I’d sing along. Sadly, I haven’t seen it telecast in decades, but here’s a clip:
  • My current favorite Christmas movie is Elf, especially this scene:
  • During my childhood, Bing Crosby’s Christmas album continuously played on our record player. Here’s one of the songs:
  • Do you sew? Do you need ideas for a couple of last-minute gifts? Some of these patterns are free.
  • Also, some free ornament patterns to sew.
  • Read Christmas essays. Perhaps you’ll want to submit one yourself.
  • Are you simply drained? Are you looking for a fun way to celebrate that doesn’t require hours of preparation?
  • Some over-the-top decorating ideas.
  • Print out these unique gift tags.
  • Immortalize your pets on your Christmas tree.
  • Christmas bucket list.
  • I haven’t made these Christmas pretzels, so I can’t guarantee they’re as good as they look.
  • I didn’t make these Krispie Treat Christmas Balls. Let me know how they turn out.
  • Holiday ideas for people who’d rather see pictures than read directions.
  • Do you have way more Christmas ornaments than will fit on your tree? Here’s what you can do with them.
  • What? You don’t have your Christmas cards yet? Here are a bunch you can make with your kids.
  • And for pure silliness, you can’t beat the Muppets: