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Boost Your Creativity in 30 Days



In this video series, artist Paul Richmond offers 30 daily sketchbook exercises that will get your imagination activated and help spark new, creative ideas. Each lesson is approximately 10 minutes long, and is designed to enhance your creative thinking and art-making skills. 



You are welcome to work with any materials you'd like, but here's a list of everything Paul will be using in this series:

  1. Drawing pencil set (4H-4B)
  2. Kneaded eraser
  3. Sketchbook
  4. Colored Pencils
  5. Watercolor
  6. Micron pens (black)
  7. Glue
  8. Scissors
  9. Magazines and scrap patterned paper for collage


Video Lessons

  1. Scribble
  2. Collage
  3. Drip Drawings
  4. Rearranged Still Life
  5. Reverse Drawing
  6. Overlapping Quick Sketches
  7. Unlikely Still Life
  8. Collage Portrait
  9. Forest With Straight Lines
  10. Self Portrait
  11. Melting Still Life
  12. Grocery List
  13. Bubble Letter Doodles
  14. View Out The Window
  15. Patterns
  16. Music-Inspired Doodles
  17. Mixed Image
  18. Collage & Draw
  19. Underground World
  20. Geometric Animals
  21. Drawing Rocks
  22. Undiscovered Sea Creature
  23. Animal with Human Clothing
  24. Literary Prompt
  25. Abstraction
  26. Cloud Images
  27. Inner Critic
  28. Written Word
  29. Playing with Color
  30. Happy Place


Inspirational Quotes

  1. “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” - Maya Angelou
  2. "Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." -Arthur Ashe
  3. "Creativity is intelligence having fun." -Albert Einstein
  4. "There is no such thing as a new idea. We simply take a lot of old ideas and put them into a sort of mental kaleidoscope." -Mark Twain
  5. "I dwell in possibility." -Emily Dickinson
  6. "Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen." -John Steinbeck
  7. "Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working." -Pablo Picasso
  8. "The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt." -Sylvia Plath
  9. "Making the simple complicated is commonplace. Making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity." -Charles Mingus
  10. "The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones." John Maynard Keynes
  11. "We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are." - Anais Nin
  12. "It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it." -Jacob Bronowski
  13. "What keeps life fascinating is the constant creativity of the soul." - Deepak Chopra
  14. "All profound distraction opens certain doors. You have to allow yourself to be distracted when you are unable to concentrate." - Julio Cortazar
  15. "The most talented, thought-provoking, game-changing people are never normal." -Richard Branson
  16. "If you're not doing some things that are crazy, then you're doing the wrong things." -Larry Page
  17. "An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea." -Edward DeBono
  18. "The only unique contribution that we will ever make in this world will be born of our creativity." -Brene Brown
  19. "Creativity is inventing, experimenting. growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun." -Mary Lou Cook
  20. "Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep." -Scott Adams
  21. "Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties." -Eric Fromm
  22. "I dream my painting and I paint my dream." -Vincent Van Gogh
  23. "When you reach for the stars, you might not quite get one, but you won't come up with a handful of mud either." -Leo Burnett
  24. "Creativity comes from a conflict of ideas." -Donatella Versace
  25. "Leap, and the net will appear." -Julia Cameron
  26. "Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable." -George Bernard Shaw
  27. "Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, 'It might have been.'" -Kurt Vonnegut
  28. "Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!" -Dr. Seuss
  29. "You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club." -Jack London
  30. "You can do anything if you believe in yourself." -Linda Regula


Join our Facebook group

Share your work and interact with other artists from our community who are participating in this course by joining our Art Makes Us Facebook group! Let's support and encourage each other throughout this 30 day challenge!