I know I’m not the only graphic designer who has vowed to step away from the computer once in a while so I can have more time to play with my art supplies. There are dozens of books that challenge designers to stay fresh with creative inspiration.

Recently I was sorting through all my design books (whoa! I have a lot!) and discovered a pattern in my collection. There are lots of these creativity challenge books written specifically for graphic artists. And this picture represents just some of what I own – there are several on my Kindle and about 4 or 5 more in my library at the day job.

By day I am an in-house graphic designer for a local government agency. And all the rest of the minutes of my day I’m building my freelance graphic design business. So you can image that I spend a lot of time in front of a computer – too much time!  Just like many of my other designer friends and colleagues, I fear burn-out. So I’m on a quest to feed my creativity!

You can’t use up creativity.
The more you use, the more you have. 
 Maya Angelou

I can’t wait to get my hands dirty and play with sketchbooks, paint, markers, journaling, sticks, rocks, dirt, and anything else I can get my hands on! I started reading Jim Krause’s D30: Thirday days of creative design exercises & career-enhancing ideas book and he listed some of the supplies I’ll need. He suggests googly eyes, pasta, crayons, lunch and a friend.

A friend!  What a great idea…. will you join me in this fun adventure of creativity? We’re going to have a blast!