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Creative Juice #305

Creative Juice #305

Wonderful articles to enjoy this weekend.

  1. These designs should win awards.
  2. Breathtaking horse photographs.
  3. Practice to grow as a writer.
  4. Photographs of geographic formations and natural disasters. The top photo is the beginning of the slideshow.
  5. Thoughts on a scrappy Christmas (or not) quilt.
  6. The discovery of a previously unknown self-portrait by van Gogh.
  7. Creating new creatures by collage.
  8. Multi-media artist Judi Kauffman.
  9. Children’s book illustrator Katie Mazeika.
  10. Thoughts on religious art and on Carracci’s The Lamentationin particular.
  11. I could vacation here.
  12. Parenting book recommendations.

Index-Card-a-Day, Week 3

Index-Card-a-Day, Week 3

I am participating in the Index-Card-a-Day Challenge, making a daily artwork on a 3″ x 5″ card.

On Day 12 I decided to create an illustration for a fairy tale I’m writing. This is my first try at drawing Fenton, who is a fairy prince.


Day 13’s prompt was kite. Stabilo pens on watercolor background.


Day 14’s prompt was chamomile. I drew it with Stabilo pens. This is my favorite card this week. (It was also my most liked card on Instagram this week.) It was fun to do. Because of the repetitiveness of it, I entered a mindful state; I’m counting this as a Zentangle pattern.


Day 15’s prompt was dandelion. Stabilo pens and white gelly roll pen on watercolor background.


Day 16 was a busy day for me; no card.

One of the themes for week 3 is collage, so I that’s what I did for Days 17 and 18. The College of New Jersey, where I did my Masters degree, has the most beautiful alumni magazine; I cut up the latest issue to make these:



Creative Juice #155

Creative Juice #155

We stand on the shoulders of creative giants. Give yourself a boost with these twelve articles.

Creative Juice #58

Creative Juice #58

Your latest installment of beauty and creativity, just in time for your weekend enjoyment:

  1. More beautiful quilts from Utah.
  2. Fashion photography on location.
  3. Beautiful murals.
  4. Gorgeous paintings of animals.
  5. Lovely zentangles.
  6. Do you have your own unique sense of style? Maybe. Maybe not.
  7. What do you look for in a traveling companion?
  8. Crazy coincidental dressing.
  9. I’ve read three of these bestselling books of summer, 2017, and found one more I need.
  10. What would it take to get you to look out your train window?
  11. Light show.
  12. Cars and legs.

Creative Juice #41

Creative Juice #41

A dozen expressions of rampant creativity.

Guest Post: How To Make A Collage To Inspire Your Work-In-Progress


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Finding yourself at a loss for words? Unable to chip away at your writer’s block? You’re stuck in the winter doldrums—what you need is some writing inspiration!

One of the most effective ways to spark creativity is to try something new, and we have the answer: Make a collage. Creating a collage can be a great help to writers of all genres—books…short prose…and even poetry, which can be a very visual medium. Once you’ve prepared your collage, hang it above your writing desk and let it inspire you while you’re working!

Elements To Include When Making A Collage To Boost Your Writing Creativity

Colors and textures that set the mood of your writing. Is the piece you want to write exuberant and uplifting? Try bright, bold colors! Is it more sad, scary, or mysterious? Dark hues and shadows might be better to set the tone. Be creative and search until you find the right colors to match the tone of your piece.

And don’t forget to consider texture: Rich velvets, rough tree bark, and smooth plastics all offer their own unique inspiration.

Images of people who resemble your characters. As writers, we can usually picture our characters using our imaginations. But if you’re stumped, or you’re unsure of how to bring the image in your mind to life, search for photos of people who look like the character you’re trying to create. Drawings or paintings of people who embody the look you’re going for can help too—and if you can’t find any, why not try to draw them yourself? Visualizing your character’s physical appearance will help you write him or her more convincingly. 

Photos or items that remind you of your setting. Photos, paintings, or even a leaf or a pressed flower can help you focus on your setting and more accurately describe it. Ask yourself: Is your writing set in the present or past? Where does it take place? Even if you’re writing a fantasy piece and trying to create a new world—finding images can still help! You can be as broad as searching for pictures of your character’s country, or as specific as looking for pictures of her or his home. 

Quotes—or even single words!—that fit with your theme. If you’re writing a romance, you may find the words of Nicholas Sparks inspiring: Romance is thinking about your significant other when you are supposed to be thinking about something else. For a short story filled with action and adventure, you may find Gandalf’s words to Frodo will help set the mood: It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. There’s a quote to suit every genre!

Making a collage can get your creativity flowing, and looking at your finished artwork can continue to inspire your writing. If you’re having trouble making a collage that’s specific to the piece you’re writing, consider making a more general collage filled with motivational quotes to help get you started. Pinterest is a great resource.

Here are some collages you can check out to get you started:


And if you like the idea of making art to inspire your writing, consider making a dream board, keeping a reading journal, or checking out some visual writing prompts!

Writer Questions

QUESTION: If you were making a collage of pictures to help with your writing, where would you start?

Three Poems for September

Three Poems for September


Ode to an Eraser

Oh, thou rectangular prism of rubber
Obliterator of mistakes
Bestower of second chances
Receive now my gratitude and praise

DSC02755When my feeble words fail to convey my thoughts
Thou makest them disappear
Before they shame me

When my scribbled marks lack the skill to convey my vision
Thou allowest me to try again

I long for perfection
But thy provision
Drawest me closer

Though thou diminishest with use
Thou art ever more beautiful to me

Jumble of my Life (Collage)

scraps of piano sheet music
a map of Germany
an image of a nun
a crucifix
a rosary
numbers (they confound me)
birthday cakes
part of a lesson plan
some feeble attempts at art
the header of my blog
our wedding portrait

Kitchen Chores

photo by Wonderlane (cropped)

Photo by Wonderlane

My parents’ kitchen window
looked out on a lilac bush.
During May its scent
wafted through the open window
delighting with its fragrance
and making mundane chores pleasant.

My mother washed the dishes
and I was the designated dryer.
The radio, perennially set to WOR,
entertained us with the stories of Jean Shepherd.
Lost in his world (Flick lives!)
we hardly noticed the drudgery.

Six blocks away, a young man
(whom I wouldn’t meet for years)
also listened in.

After we married, we visited
with our little ones
importing the piano bench so
we’d all fit ’round the kitchen table.
My children still remember
the characteristic smell of that kitchen—
like decades of simmering pots.

ICAD Day 39: Experimental Poetry Collage

ICAD Day 39: Experimental Poetry Collage

Combining a discarded watercolor background with random words cut from today’s newspaper.


I am participating in the Index-Card-a-Day Challenge and World Watercolor Month. For the rest of July, I intend to paint a little watercolor every day, just big enough to fit on an index card. Search for the hashtags #icad2016 and #WorldWatercolorMonth on social media if you would like so see what other participants are doing.

ICAD Day 30: Grid

ICAD Day 30: Grid



Today’s card was inspired by this tutorial.

I am participating in the Index-Card-a-Day Challenge. During June and July, I intend to do something creative every day–a little something, just big enough to fit on an index card. Visit ICAD 2016’s Facebook page if you would like so see what other participants are doing.




The current issue of TCNJ* Alumni magazine is so full of beautiful images that from the moment I received it, I’ve been aching to do something with it. Seeing all the collages in the ICAD challenge has given me the impetus to try an index card-sized example.


I am participating in the Index-Card-a-Day Challenge. During June and July, I intend to do something creative every day–a little something, just big enough to fit on an index card. Visit ICAD 2016’s Facebook page if you would like so see what other participants are doing.

ICAD*The College of New Jersey. I earned my MA in music education there when it was still called Trenton State College.