Creative reads: “How to be an explorer of the world”

howtoI love creative books and periodicals but can’t afford to purchase them on a regular basis for my collection. Luckily, I received two great books for Christmas this year: “How to be an Explorer of the world: portable art/life museum” by Keri Smith and “Living the Creative Life: ideas and inspirations form working artists” by Rice Freeman-Zachery. I was so intrigued by the Explorer of the World book, that I decided to investigate the artist responsible for this gem.


Keri Smith is an author/illustrator turned guerilla artists. She is the author of several bestselling books about creativity including “Wreck this Journal” (which I can’t wait to get my hands on) and “The Guerilla Art Kit” to name a few. If you tend to get in creative slumps all you need to do is read Keri’s blog the Wish Jar. On the right hand side she has a list of ideas to help get you inspired.

Here are a few of my favorites: ideas 1. Go for a walk. Draw or list things you find on the the sidewalk. 2. Write a letter to yourself in the future. 3. Buy something inexpensive as a symbol for your need to create, (new pen, a tea cup, journal). Use it everyday. 4. Draw your dinner. 5. Find a piece of poetry you respond to. Rewrite it and glue it into your journal. 6. Glue an envelope into your journal. For one week collect items you find on the street.

Her illustrations are clever, playful and completly original.kerismith


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