How long has it been since you last gave into creative whim? Sometimes I go weeks without creating anything, maybe months without creating something with wild abandon. That’s the way it goes when you’re a working artist, or an artist who works, or both.
I’ve made it a mission to block out time for free creativity and exploration each month. The easiest way to really renew and refresh your creative spirit is to pick up a new medium. Here are some really great books in various artistic mediums that you can pick up for a $20 or less and begin pursuing a new creative direction. It will free your mind and your soul so that when you do return to your favorite medium, you enjoy amazing results.
The Art of Urban Sketching: Drawing on Location Around the World, $17.76.
The Drawing Projects: An Exploration of the Language of Drawing, $19.77.
Acrylic Revolution: New Tricks and Techniques for Working with the World’s Most Versatile Medium, $18.47.
Brave Intuitive Painting – Let go, Be Bold, Unfold!: Techniques for Uncovering Your Own Unique Painting Style, $16.36.
Jean Haines’ Atmospheric Watercolours: Painting with Freedom, Expression and Style, $23.10.
Make: Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing, $9.99.
The Art of Fashion Draping, $62.50.
A Field Guide to Fabric Design: Design, Print & Sell Your Own Fabric, $16.47.
Creative Workshop: 80 Challenges to Sharpen Your Design Skills, $15.08.
Making and Breaking the Grid: A Graphic Design Layout Workshop, $17.00.
Digital Alchemy: Printmaking techniques for fine art, photography, and mixed media, $32.42.
The Printmaking Bible: The Complete Guide to Materials and Techniques, $31.50.
Surface Treatment Workshop: Explore 45 Mixed-Media Techniques, $16.49.
The Art of Polymer Clay Creative Surface Effects: Techniques and Projects Featuring Transfers, Stamps, Stencils, Inks, Paints, Mediums, and More, $13.57.
Sculpting the Figure in Clay: An Artistic and Technical Journey to Understanding the Creative and Dynamic Forces in Figurative Sculpture, $21.23.
Carving the Human Face: Capturing Character and Expression in Wood, $16.47.
Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera, $17.15.
Extraordinary Everyday Photography: Awaken Your Vision to Create Stunning Images Wherever You Are, $17.15.
The Sculpting Techniques Bible: An Essential Illustrated Reference for Both Beginner and Experienced Sculptors, $10.19.
The Complete Jewelry Making Course: Principles, Practice and Techniques: A Beginner’s Course for Aspiring Jewelry Makers, $14.95.
The New Encyclopedia of Jewelry-Making Techniques: A Comprehensive Visual Guide to Traditional and Contemporary Techniques, $13.30.
Simple Soldering: A Beginner’s Guide to Jewelry Making, $19.77.
And there are hundreds more! Heck, grab your kid’s crayons and some copy paper if you have to! Just get to creating and you’ll feel the release of renewal.