The Science of Creativity

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We all know that feeling when a creative idea or a spontaneous desire to finger paint with our kids overtakes us. There’s a rush of something akin to adrenaline but this is not the fight or flight response, and inspiration and creativity aren’t always birthed by stress, although sometimes great stress can lead to periods of greater creativity. The point is when we’re reading a good book, getting into the flow of writing or just enjoying the quiet beauty of a summer sunset, time disappears and our bodies feel lighter, more energized and there’s a whoosh of joy that washes over us. This is a wonderful state to find yourself in. Many people try to retain that feeling, to remain inspired and creative, but sadly for many of us this state is elusive.

There’s a reason for that. In a recent article in Psychology Today magazine, Art Markman went on…

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Planet June Blog -Great Craft tutorials!

Planet June Blog -Great Craft tutorials!

I just came across this blog ‘Planet June’ and found some nifty craft tips and wanted to share!

Enjoy!
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How to make a tiny detail electric sander/polisher from an electric toothbrush – for artists that just need to sand that one little thing – a very handy tool.

http://www.planetjune.com/blog/detail-sander-ex-toothbrush/

A very cool craft idea to add embellishment for the experimental painter or just  a great gift idea…or rainy day project for a teenager.

http://www.planetjune.com/blog/shrink-plastic-ring-tutorial/

Also from another blog site Etsy New York  [http://thenewnew.blogspot.ca/2011/06/homemade-polymer-clay.html ]

I found this recipe for porcelain clay or polymer clay:

  • 3/4 cup white glue
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons mineral oil (I used baby oil but reportedly even vaseline will work)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Non-stick pot
  • Wooden spoon
  • Steps
    Add cornstarch to glue in a nonstick pot. Mix together and then add mineral oil and lemon juice. Blend well.
  • Cook over low flame stirring pretty much constantly (you can take a quick break
    or two if your arm gets tired, which it will) until the mixture resembles mashed
    potatoes.
  • Remove from heat! Squirt a little additional mineral oil around the top of your
    mashed potato mass and with your hands, remove it from the pot. Knead until
    smooth. It’s best to do this while it’s still as hot as you can handle.
  • Pull off a bit to work with and put the rest in a re-sealable plastic bag with
    the top about half-way open until it’s cooled down a bit. Then seal the bag
    (with as little air in it as you can) and store in the fridge.
  • Let dry about 2-3 days, then paint, or not.

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