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A LITTLE MONDAY INSPIRATION…IF YOU NEED IT

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PROJECT INSPIRATION

Lately I’ve been thinking about ways to make Creative Addiction more interactive. I’ve been kicking around the idea of using this blog as a platform for other creatives to share their stories, whether it’s a successful career transition or a new up and coming project. Nowadays people need to be inspired – inspired to pursue their dreams and reach their goals and YOUR story just may be the one to help them do just that!

This new addition will be called Project Inspiration for obvious reasons. Like I stated before, this is just an idea that I have, but I need help with bringing all the details together. That’s where you guys come in. I would really like some suggestions on how you think I could make this idea fun, cool and most of all inspirational. Any help is appreciated.

What say you? 🙂

COOL PEOPLE WITH WITH COOL JOBS VIA BEHIND THE HUSTLE

I guess it pays off to “start from the bottom.” Check out this episode of Cool People with Cool Jobs with Jasmine Kim, the Sales Manager for designer eyeglass company, Oliver Peoples.

TYPOGRAPHY BY JUSTIN POULTER

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THE DOSE ~ MIXED MEDIA ARTIST EDITION

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Introduction

My name is Charissa and I’m a mixed media artist that grew up crying in art class. Really. I only discovered my love for art about a year and a half ago. I use a lot of layers, collage, paint, paper and ink in my pages. I create inside journals, books and in loosely bound pages.

What are you creatively addicted to? When did you start?

I am creatively addicted to processing trauma through art. It is important for me to be able to process all of my life’s events — both good and bad through art. As far as material I’m addicted to india ink and iridescent medium right now. Can’t get enough! I also LOVE glass bead medium — I made my own on my Youtube Channel at the beginning of April. I started creating in August of 2011, at what I affectionately refer to as a “low point” in my life. I was seeing a therapist and she told me I should pursue art if it made me happy. After years of telling myself I didn’t like art and didn’t want to “do art”, it was a hard change for me. I needed to learn that art means creating for yourself and not coloring inside someone else’s lines.

What’s your inspiration?

I’ve always been a creative person. I understand better when I can tangibly create/re-create/learn through touch. I’ve been able to process difficult things with more ease through the creation of art. Being able to abandon my critic and paint/create/splatter/drip etc for me and for no one else has been so incredibly therapeutic.

Do you have any upcoming projects?

I consistently create in about 6 journals at a time. I do a mixed myriad of watercolor journals, loose papers, cards and bound books. I also occasionally do canvases. Just really depends on my mood! A lot of my creative fervor is really geared towards teaching. I teach e-courses every other month through my blog (www.thesmashbook.com) and love helping my students harness their creative juju! (E-courses are half off for Creative Addiction readers with the code “CreateAddict” through June 1st 2013!)

Where can people find your work?

The Smashbook is where you can find my art and all the other links to my stuff online!

Blog: www.thesmashbook.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thesmashbook

Twitter: www.twitter.com/smashbook

Instagram: www.instagram.com/smashbook

Name one thing you would like people to know about you.

I cried my eyes out in an art class when I was in third grade. Seriously. Because of that experience, I have absolutely no formal or classical training in art. A lot of people think that’s crazy, but it’s true! I’m a firm believer that you can be an artist without any sort of classical training or instruction. Creativity is something that’s natural, not taught. 🙂

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IF YOU NEED TO BE INSPIRED TODAY…

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MY TALENTHOUSE GUEST BLOG POST

Social Media has afforded me many FABULOUS opportunities to not only meet people from all walks of life, but to also participate in all sorts of fun projects. With that said, I wanted to share  MY guest blog post called “Tools to Keep Your Creative Mojo Flowing” , which is featured on Talenthouse.com.

Talenthouse is an online community used by artists, creatives and even art lovers  – to connect, share and collaborate with each other on their creative passions. If you’re an artist or creative looking for an embracing community, please check out Talenthouse!

Want to get a taste of what they offer? Watch their intro video below.