#contagiouscreativity

Here are some of the amazing Black artists I've been following for awhile, but most I've only just discovered. ⠀ ⠀ @modifymarla @ohhappydani@elixiadraws @ei.pastels @daizydoodles @tearoseillustration@adehogue@nikkolas_smith @ettavee⠀ Who are some of your favorite Black artists? Tag them below and show them some love and support! Also, don’t forget you can go to the link in my bio to find places to donate to.


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It all starts with same old papers . The freshness of their sound and the anxiety of the fingers holding the pen . One more sleepless night but an actual dream in heart . Writing every word like my last more, like a prayer . What is it that you call love ? only the things that make you cry or something that ignites the passion in your heart ? Don’t confuse love to be painful . Real love makes you fall more in love with yourself and doesn’t make you count sheep 🐑 because you can’t sleep with the pain . #reallove #heartbreak #breakup #standards #light #candle #candles #pain #tears #smiles #selflove #selfrespect #selflovejourney #selfloveclub #love #loveyourself #breakups #depression #anxiety #sadness #cantsleep #believer #creativelifehappylife #contagiouscreativity #life #lifeisgood #god #godisgood #godisincontrol #godfirst .


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Raise your paw if you've been furloughed. ⠀ I'm on Week 8 and it's been one hell of a ride. ⠀ Early on, my coach, Netflix and I became even closer friends. My screen time average reflected enough hours to be considered a full day of work. 😐 ⠀ Then that turned into a fun downward spiral of feeling lazy, unproductive, and highly useless. It's good for one's self-esteem... ⠀ Something had to give so I allowed myself to sit with all the uncomfortable, intense emotions that come up when you're furloughed during a pandemic. That was also great fun... ⠀ But as I moved through all those feelings, I decided to find the gift in furlough. ⠀ A gift of time. I have no shortage of it for once in my life and that's overwhelming. ⠀ I gave myself permission to rest, to breathe, to reflect, and to just be. ⠀ Moments of down time are so important to creativity. ⠀ When you try to force creativity day after day, those creative juices get blocked, making it hard to make work you are proud of. ⠀ The magic happens in the quiet moments; when connections are able to made that otherwise wouldn't happen. ⠀ My best ideas come in these moments, like when I'm on a walk, in the shower, or just day dreaming. ⠀ Where do you get your best ideas? ⠀ Hear more on this topic in my latest YouTube video at the link in my bio and see what else I've learned on this crazy journey!


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As I carry in the groceries, I notice a flash of turquoise on the ground below the ugly tree I want to cut down. If it was later in spring, I would have missed it. The hosta leaves that grow here would swallow it. But the hostas are just shoots now. The contrasting blue against the drab ground cover grabs my attention, my eyes in constant search of beauty these days. As I approach, I see it is crushed egg shell, and then instinctively look up. Where did it come from? That’s when I see the nest, spun from sticks and grass. A string of yarn winds through the sticks, much like the yarn Caroline used last month when she first learned to finger knit. Tall dead grass stalks peeking out look like the ones from my backyard I have yet to trim, too busy tending to the growing beings inside my own nest. And I’m certain those are my gray hairs in there. On top of this carefully crafted home sits a mother robin. She is still, eyes blinking as we make eye contact. I whisper to Caroline, showing her my find. "She is sitting on her baby eggs!" Caroline coos. We watch the robin together. We whisper plans to look for the other babies to hatch, in awe of our witness of life. The next day we check early in the morning, only to find the robin is gone. We listen for the tiny sounds of chirping birds but it is quiet. This nest is empty. "Maybe she is getting food for her babies," Caroline says. It’s been a week now. She has not returned. I wonder if there was just the one egg in her nest, the one that shattered on the ground. Was she in mourning that day we watched her, silent, still on her nest? Was it shock, grief over the loss of her baby? Or maybe her work was done. Maybe her baby was gone. Flown, onto a life of her own. The nest still sits on that ugly tree. I see it every time I return home from a walk. Wound together, with bits of love from our home to theirs. Only, the tree doesn’t look quite as ugly to me as it once did. It’s a comfort now, a reminder to be a bit more grateful for the life that waits for me inside my own home. If it wasn’t for that egg shell, I might not have noticed the nest. If it wasn’t for death, I might not have seen the life.


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Happy Memorial Day 🇺🇸! Giving thanks to all that served, and serve! 💚


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Happy Friday from me (and my mask) to you! Do you ever say to yourself, “I can’t do that art project... I don’t have any art supplies!” Well this project shows you that art can still happen!! Here are the ingredients unused for my mask: . •cardboard • more cardboard • glue tape and/or staples • 1 one chopstick or stick and • one dark marker . . Being resourceful is also being creative with what is around you. So no excuses!. . Tag us @ooze.studio.ca when you post a project that was #oozeinspired 💙💙💙 . #easypeasylemonsqueezy #oozeinspo #oozeinspiration Playing with a single line segment for this whole piece! We called this class Contagious Lines and it definitely leads to #contagiouscreativity 💜 #cultivatecreativity #creativekids #oozeinspiration #oozeinspo #easyartactivity #easykidsactivity #creativeresources #creativitydaily #artdailydose #arteveryday #freeartclasses #freeart #freeartclassesforkids #artseducation #artsed #artseducation #artstudiolife #virtualartstudio #virtualartclassesforkids #virtuallearning #virtualartclass #funisproductive #learnfromhome #happinesswins #resourceful #makeitwork #wegotthis


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I see the rowers, fresh off the lake, loading up their long boats onto their small cars. They glow, with sweat and happiness—to be alive, to move their bodies, to see friends, teammates they haven’t seen in weeks, to be able to do the thing they so long to do at a time when it feels like so little is available to us. I realize I am doing the same. David Sedaris says that a good storyteller is a good observer. “You need to be in the world and you need to be engaged with the world,” he says. When we observe the stories around us, we grow more curious. We watch. We wonder. We connect. We learn more about humanity, and in turn we learn about ourselves. I don’t know the true stories of the people I watch on the lakefront today. I don’t know their thoughts or their history. I could be, likely am, very wrong. But experiencing their stories heals me. It makes me feel apart of something, to feel together, even while apart. // Read the rest of the story on “Why We Need Stories” in the blog today, written in collaboration with @exhale.creativity members participating in the blog hop theme “Apart, together.”


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Le Service d’Information du Gouvernement déploie un système de marque commun à l’ensemble des actions de l’État avec les agences @agence4uatre et Madame Bovary #republique #marianne #logotype #french #design #frenchdesign #branding #brand #gouvernement #contagiouscreativity #typography #typographyinspired


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Le Service d’Information du Gouvernement déploie un système de marque commun à l’ensemble des actions de l’État avec les agences @agence4uatre et Madame Bovary #republique #marianne #logotype #french #design #frenchdesign #branding #brand #gouvernement #contagiouscreativity


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Le Service d’Information du Gouvernement déploie un système de marque commun à l’ensemble des actions de l’État avec les agences @agence4uatre et Madame Bovary #republique #marianne #logotype #french #design #frenchdesign #branding #brand #gouvernement #contagiouscreativity


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A little navy number for you ! 🌷 “There are three responses to a piece of design -yes, no, and WOW! Wow is the one to aim for” - Milton Glaser . . . . . #interiordesigner#springdesignpalette#contagiouscreativity#issi&Co#pantone#creativeweirdos#mrkate#moodboard#designinspiration#navynumber#miltonglaser#fundesigns#interiormadness


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It is time to take the hearts down. Colors faded, muted, too much exposure. Edges crinkled, wilted, no longer holding shape. Tape weak, depleted of its tapey essence with every attempt to rescue. It is time to let in more light. ☀️


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Trending colours this springtime 🌷 Champagne. Olive. Navy. Pastel pink. “creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun” - Mary Lou Cook . . . . . #interiordesigner#springdesignpalette#contagiouscreativity#issi&Co#pantone#creativeweirdos#mrkatedecorates


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I stood in the kitchen at lunch and I told him I don’t want to go to the beach. I mean, I do want to go to the beach. I miss it terribly. But I was using a metaphor here, as I do, to tell him why being an empathic person is so hard. I don’t want to go to the beach because when I go to the beach I can’t be calmed by saving just one starfish. I want to save every single stranded starfish on that beach. So when I go to the beach I turn into Ethel and Lucy running around trying to find all of the starfish and return them to the sea. But every time I turn around there is another starfish coming down the conveyor belt (yes we have entered mixed metaphor territory but go with me on this one.) I am so tired of failing at saving the starfish. So then I decide that maybe if I don’t go to the beach I won’t know about the starfish coming down the conveyor belt at speeds beyond my control, or something like that. I’m still workshopping the metaphors. Alas, I went to the beach today. And I saw parents overburdened, friends feeling alone, people scared and sick and untrusting and angry. So many starfish. And I can do nothing to save them. It’s too much. It’s all too much. And then I fell into his arms. And he held me for 20 seconds because I heard that in order to complete your stress cycle you have to stay in the arms of someone you trust in order to know you are safe. And I know it was 20 seconds because I had the kids count and tell me when time was up. And I did feel safe. I’m still not sure about all the starfish, if they are safe. I still sometimes don’t want to go to the beach. But I do know I am safe.


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