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Artist Within: A Guide to Becoming Creatively Fit

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If you can spill paint, this book will help you turn your creative potential into reality. Whether you are looking to be a writer, architect, entrepreneur, painter, or business leader, developing creative ideas is the factor that differentiates the extraordinary from the common. Based on principles that underlie the aesthetics of design, this book shows you how to strengthen your own creative ability and how to turn that ability into reality. So, if you ever felt that you have creative potential, or even if you ...
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Overview


If you can spill paint, this book will help you turn your creative potential into reality. Whether you are looking to be a writer, architect, entrepreneur, painter, or business leader, developing creative ideas is the factor that differentiates the extraordinary from the common. Based on principles that underlie the aesthetics of design, this book shows you how to strengthen your own creative ability and how to turn that ability into reality. So, if you ever felt that you have creative potential, or even if you don't, but you want to be more creative, pick up this book and start unlocking your own Artist Within.
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Artistic entrepreneur Whitney Ferre begins The Artist Within with the premise that "our confidence in our ability to create change has been sabotaged by the luxuries of modern living." That is, the very conveniences that simplify our lives (take-out or prepared food, manufactured clothing, warehouse-style shopping centers), have limited our desire - and even our ability - to produce or create, these basic items for ourselves. The Artist Within offers a set of creative exercises to help you strengthen the right-brain, the creative side, which is in the shadow of the over-developed left-brain. I expected this book to be interesting, but I wasn't prepared for all the fun I had while reading it and working my way through the various creativity exercises. From simple "make your mark" doodling to more extensive projects involving painting, weaving, and collage, there's something for everyone.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596524071
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 10/24/2008
  • Pages: 236
  • Sales rank: 969,125
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Whitney Ferre' has helped hundreds of people to find their creativity as founder of The Creative Fitness Center (creativelyfit.com). The Center first gained national recognition on HGTV. Today she continues her outreach leading corporate seminars, teaching art classes and is a "creativity expert" on HGTV, and DIY networks. Whitney is also an artist, a wife, a mother, and a co-owner of wine bars that build communities around food, wine and art (rumourswinebar.com). She lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Introduction 10

Step 1 Your Untapped Potential 19

The Eight Principles of Design 19

My Story 26

Your Life's Design Diagnostic 30

Step 2 The World of Things You Make 37

Giving Voice to Your Muse 37

Your Ideas: Out of Your Head and onto Paper 42

Drawing Is Energy 42

Scribble Drawing 50

Personal Symbol 60

A Promise to Yourself 68

Step 3 The Creativity Exercises 71

Exercises in Emphasis 71

1 Torn Paper Face: You have the potential 72

Creativity Workout: Torn Paper Face 77

Taking It a Step Further: Portrait Collage 78

2 Leaf Rubbings: Creativity is natural 80

Creativity Workout: Leaf Rubbing 83

Exercises in Balance 89

3 Job-Ideal Job Analogs: What do you love? 90

Creativity Workout: Ideal Job Analogs 95

4 Abstract Canvas: It Can't Hurt to Try 100

Creativity Workout: Abstract Canvas 107

Exercises in Proportion 113

5 Dream Collage: Seeing is believing 114

Creativity Workout: Dream Collage 121

Exercises in Unity 123

6 The Opportunity to Create Is Everywhere 124

Creativity Workout: Torn Paper Tree 129

7 Junk Drawer Sculpture: Creating the extraordinary from the ordinary 131

Creativity Workout: Junk Drawer Sculpture 139

Exercises in Harmony 141

8 Cover a Page with Color: Using color to tap your subconscious 142

Creativity Workout: Cover a Page with Color 149

Taking It a Step Further: Cigar Box Organizer Art 152

9 Clay Charades: Work out your imagination 154

Creativity Workout: Clay Charades 159

Exercises in Contrast 163

10 Paper Weaving: Getting back the Wow! 164

Creativity Workout: Paper Weaving 171

Taking It aStep Further: Handcrafted Paper Weaving 174

11 Torn Paper Abstract: Learn to follow your own lead 176

Creativity Workout: Torn Paper Abstract 179

Exercises in Rhythm 183

12 Mandala: A journey back in time 184

Creativity Workout: Mandala 191

13 Abstract Tiles: Seeing the Possibilities 193

Creativity Workout: Abstract Tiles 197

Exercises in Repetition 201

14 Magazine Mosaics: Building blocks-take little steps 202

Creativity Workout: Magazine Mosaics 207

Taking It a Step Further: Mosaic Mirror 210

15 Quilt Pattern: Repetition creates new opportunity 214

Creativity Workout: Quilt Pattern 219

Taking It a Step Further: Family Rules Canvas 222

Creatively yours, Whitney 225

Bibliography 231

Photos 232

Templates 234

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