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Greetings! Today I’m sharing a new book with you, published by the folks at New World Library. The book is Making Your Creative Mark, by Eric Maisel, PhD – something that I think will interest a number of you. Not only will I share a bit about the book, I’m also offering a giveaway since NWL was nice enough to send me a giveaway copy. Woo hoo!
Mr. Maisel is an esteemed creativity coach and a prolific author. He’s written over 40 books, including both fiction and non-fiction, but his specialty is helping artists of all kinds (visual artists, musicians, actors, etc.). He coaches internationally, trains creativity coaches, and lectures internationally, and has created a book that contains nine keys to achieving your artistic goals.
Here’s the text from the book’s back cover:
Writers, painters, singers, filmmakers, musicians, craftspeople, and actors confront daunting challenges every day. It is hard to produce new work, find success in the marketplace, manage relationships, and keep spirits up. Many doubt that solutions to these very real problems exist, but they do, and world-famous creativity coach Eric Maisel has compiled them in this book. You will learn how to:
* make sense of the challenges of your personality, the challenges inherent in creative work, and the challenges of culture and marketplace
* quiet your overactive mind
* increase motivation and avoid blocks
* engage in practices that create and reinforce meaning
* align self-talk with goals, avoiding negative loops that block creativity
* identify stressors and implement stress-management techniques designed specifically for artists
* maintain emotional intimacy and healthy relationships in the midst of the creative process
* claim your identity as an artist
* rekindle passion for your art and feed that flame during dark days and dry spells
Intended for professional artists and those aspiring toward professional status, this book offers the nuts and bolts of sticking to a successful and fulfilling life in the arts.
Topics include The Mind Key, The Confidence Key, The Passion Key, The Freedom Key, The Stress Key, The Empathy Key, The Relationship Key, The Identity Key, and The Societal Key. In addition the book contains an Artist Plan and a Refresher Course of 97 Creativity Tips.
How to Enter the Giveaway
To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment here on this post sharing one (or more) of your creative endeavors, whether it’s cooking, creating art, singing, etc.
The winner will be drawn at random, and will be announced here on my blog on May 9, 2013. Good luck!
Congratulations, Sandra Strait! You won a set of Bic Mark-It Permanent markers! Please contact me with your mailing address so I can send them off to you.
Thanks to all who entered. I enjoyed reading your comments with your favorite colors, marker tips, and your feedback on my giveaways.
Speaking of giveaways, stay tuned – I’ll be announcing another giveaway later this week. Back to back – woo hoo!
Warm and colorful regards,
It’s time for a giveaway, and this month I’m giving away a set of Bic Mark-It marker pens!
Markers are always good to have around the house for labeling boxes, addressing shipping envelopes, and so on. And if you’re an artsy or craftsy person, this set will be even more appealing. It has 36 colors to choose from. Nice! I decided to purchase a set for myself, and also bought a set for this giveaway since I love my readers. :]
The package says they’re fine tip markers, but they can definitely mark with a thicker line if you hold the pen a bit more to the side. Here are some of the product details for these markers:
- Ultra comfy rubber grip for comfort and control
- Fade resistant, acid free, vivid ink
- Fine bullet nib, line width 1.1mm used for art and craft activities, labeling, classifying
- Permanent alcohol-based ink, low-odor, quick-drying, plastic barrel
- The range features: Original color collection, Paradise pastel collection, Earthly expressions collection
How To Enter
To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment on this blog post with at least one of the following:
1. Your favorite color
2. A tip you may have for using markers in art/crafts, or around your home
3. Share which giveaways you’ve been most excited about here on my blog (gift cards, books, art/craft supplies, etc.)
The winner will be drawn at random, and will be announced this coming Tuesday, April 30th – so enter today!
Thanks to everyone who entered my book’s giveaway. It was a treat to read your wonderful comments!
It is my pleasure to announce the lucky giveaway winners. The following three people have each won a signed copy of my new book, An Altered Existence: Fictitious Stories About Faces from the Past.
2. Debbie M.
For those of you whose name I didn’t draw, please visit my books’s amazon.com page and consider purchasing a copy – I’d really appreciate it. Big thanks to those who’ve already ordered a copy! :]
WANT A “SIGNED” COPY OF MY BOOK?
If you’re planning to buy - or have already purchased – a copy of my book from Amazon.com, but would like it signed, I can provide a signed bookplate/label for you to put in your book. Simply send me a SASE – I’d be happy to send a signed book plate your way! Here’s my mailing address:
Melody M. Nuñez
P.O. Box 60030
Irvine, CA 92602
Happy reading, y’all!
Greetings from Book Central!
I received my first big shipment of books on Monday, which will be used to help promote the book, and I’m so excited! Feedback on my book has been very positive thus far, and I’m a happy camper. I’m looking forward to sharing my “baby” with more people in the coming months, so I also ordered some bookmarks and postcards to help with that. They arrived last weekend and I think they look fab. Hubby did such a great job on them!
In other book-related news, some (very) informal market research has been done, and two out of two bunnies surveyed find my new book delicious! ;]
So, have you entered my giveaway yet? I’m giving away 3 signed copies of An Altered Existence: Fictitious Stories About Faces from the Past, and will announce the winners this Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Please enter now by commenting on this link’s post, if you haven’t already! :]
I hope you have a great weekend, dear readers…
I’m pleased to announce the three winners of this month’s giveaway. The following people have each won a $10 iTunes gift card:
2. DH Dobson
Congratulations to the lucky winners!
Please email me your mailing addresses through my contact form and I’ll get the gift cards mailed out.
Thanks to all who entered the giveaway!
Hi there! It’s been a while since my last giveaway (since I’ve been trying to keep things simple during my recovery), so I thought I’d pop in and offer a three-winner giveaway! I’m giving away three $10 iTunes gift cards, just in time for the holidays. Whether you choose to use the gift card yourself or give it as a gift is entirely up to you. :]
To enter please complete the following two steps:
1. Subscribe to my blog here, if you’re not already a subscriber.
2. Leave a comment on this post sharing something you’re thankful for.
The three winners will be announced on Thursday, November 29, 2012. Good luck, everyone!
I recently transformed some clearance cosmetic bags I found at Michaels into customized pen and pencil cases, and thought I’d share them with you. The bags, a steal at 50 cents each, were pretty enough as is – but I wanted to make them at bit more artsy and more durable. I was inspired to use them to hold pens, pencils, and other art supplies, and just knew I’d come up with some fun looks. They’re easy to make, and can be customized a million different ways!
The cosmetic bags – BEFORE..
My customized Pen & Pencil Cases – AFTER!
The first step on each bag was to tape along the two sides (where the bag was stitched) and the bottom. This laid a base for my other tape, and adds extra strength. Next, I taped along the top edge, by the zipper, and worked my way down. In most cases I worked horizontally, but you can tape vertically (up and down) as well like I did on the Washi Tape Case. This project is very loose and flexible, so just play and find what works for you.
Washi Tape Case
I made this case by using three different patterns of washi tape and clear packing tape. I used the packing tape as a base layer on the whole bag, applied the washi tape in a repeating vertical pattern, and then “sealed” the case with another layer of clear packing tape. I’ve put colored pens inside this case.
Silver & Black Duct Tape Cases
I made these cases by taping along the sides and bottom, and then taping along the top and down the bag. The black pen case also has another layer of tape along each of the sides, to cover some of the edges of the tape strips I applied horizontally. The silver case holds my Caran d’Ache water-soluble crayons, and the black case holds my black pens.
Vintage Ledger Paper & Masking Tape Case
I made this case by attaching pieces of vintage ledger paper to both sides of the case using a very strong double stick tape. I covered the entire case with clear packing tape, and then accented the sides and bottom edge of the case with pieces of masking tape cut to assorted sizes. This case holds assorted art tools like small tapes, my XActo knife, pencils, and an eraser.
Now, rather than having bunches of things loose in my “art supplies on the go” case, I’ve got these fun, sturdy, and budget-friendly cases keeping things tidier and more organzied. Woo hoo! Oh, and if you missed my post on how to repurpose a vintage train case into a travel case for your art supplies, please click here. I love the way the case turned out, and it’s really handy – whether I’m just creating here at home or am out and about.
WANT TO MAKE A PEN OR PENCIL CASE OF YOUR OWN?
I picked up some extra cosmetic bags, in case some of you would like to customize a bag for yourself or someone you know. If you’d like me to mail you one of the unaltered cosmetic bags, please leave a comment indicating as much – and use the CONTACT feature to email me your mailing address. The first FIVE people to comment and email me their addresses will get one of the bags.
Please let me know if you have any questions or comments, dear readers. And Happy Fall!
Congratulations, Jani N. Howe! You’ve won the watercolor pencil set and art journal! Please contact me with your mailing address and I’ll send out your goodies.
Thank you for all your entries, everyone! I enjoyed hearing about your favorite artists, and look forward to using your comments as a reference to learn more about the artists I’m not familiar with.
The summer is a great time to get out into nature and to create, so I’m offering up a set of Daler-Rowney watercolor pencils and an art journal. And whether you use these items in the out of doors in the sunshine or burn the midnight oil and create in your home, they’re sure to help you express, create, and play!
The set of 12 watercolor pencils comes in a lovely metal tin with a hinged lid. The journal is a white hard cover book with unlined white pages – my favorite! It measures 6 1/4″ x 8″ and is actually the same type of book that I provide my at-risk art journaling students with. It’s a wonderfully versatile and customizable book.
To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post sharing one of your favorite artists. It can be anyone – from Van Gogh or Georgia O’Keefe (two of my favorites) to your child, a friend, or yourself! The winner will be announced on Thursday, July 26, 2012. Good luck!