Category Archives: coloring book

Inspiration is sometimes hard to come by

But I try to follow the Ten Rules for Students, Teachers, and Life from Sister Corita Kent and John Cage. Especially these three:

  • Rule 3   Consider everything an experiment.
  • Rule 6   Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail. There’s only make.
  • Rule 7   The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something.

Here’s some stuff I do when I’m having trouble getting something going.

I scribble.

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I scribble or draw on top of an image in an old book or discarded magazine.

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I make my own coloring book.

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I make a mandala.

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I rip up paper and glue it down.

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I just mess around with materials. (Kids are geniuses at this.)

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The most important thing is the doing, the movement, the physical connection with the materials. Eventually, something opens up. And if it doesn’t… well, scribbling has it’s own satisfactions.