5 Ways Sleep Can Promote Creativity

Good morning creative friends,

Today I come to you with a heartfelt post that I feel I must share with all of you.  Up until just recently I have been not giving my body enough rest and had been living off caffeine.  Getting enough rest and not needing caffeine has been such a game changer for me.

Being dedicated to your craft is admirable, but to maintain or improve your artistry, rest is as important as devoting time to create art. As I talked about in my post here taking some time off can bring about a different perspective. It lets you reflect on what you really feel inside as well as what you want to express.

In fact, the amount and quality of sleep you’re getting has a lot to do with your creativity. Sleep has been proven to promote creativity in multiple ways, and here are 5 of them.

Keeps your creative juices flowing

The part of your brain responsible for creativity is like a machine that churns out new ideas. It needs fuel to run properly, and this is replenished when you get enough sleep. It was proven in a study from University of Haifa cited by Leesa, which found that people who slept sufficiently were more creative than their sleep-deprived counterparts. This is more important if you’re a visual artist, because the researchers also observed that visually creative people have more difficulty functioning during the day. Needless to say, you don’t want to make that worse by skimping on sleep.

Dreams make you more creative

Sleep is your ticket to dreams that make you more creative. “Dreams are just thinking in a different biochemical state. In the sleep state, the brain thinks much more visually and intuitively,” explains Harvard University psychologist Deirdre Barrett. Many priceless works of art actually sprouted from their respective artist’s dreams, and one of the most famous is Salvador Dali’s Persistence of Memory.

Maintains memory skills

Memories may also serve as inspiration for art, be it a profound experience or something rather mundane. ABC reported that sleep strengthens the connection between brain cells, which helps you consolidate memories properly. Among today’s talented contemporary artists, J.M. Culver admits to frequently incorporating his memories in his work, especially those with his grandfather who suffered from schizophrenia.

Reduces stress

When you’re suffering from stress, your creativity is stifled because you’re overcome with negative thoughts. Sleep counters this by regulating cortisol, AKA the stress hormone. Albeit some great artists were able to channel stress to create a masterpiece, like Vincent Van Gogh, not everybody can do the same. When you’re well rested, your mind is calm and you can maintain focus on creating your artwork.

Enhances problem-solving skills

Rapid eye movement sleep helps incorporate information from your brain, and the compounded knowledge is useful for solving problems. It’s important to remember that creativity is also about finding new ways to correct an error or turn it into something positive. A mistake or accident can provide ideas for artwork and may even make the project more interesting. A good example is Alexander Cozens who started his skill of illustrating landscapes from ink stains on his canvass when he was lecturing one of his pupils. Today, his works and art form are considered to be one of the most beautiful in the field.

In a time when virtually all ideas have already been thought up, creativity is even more important. Today’s artists have to push the boundaries when making their art or craft pieces, and sleep can help you achieve your next magnum opus.

Thank you dear friends for sharing your time with me today.

xxoo – Sherry

This is a contributed post



Sharing some creative sites

Hi friends, I wanted to share with you some sites that I just love.  The first one is Stampington & Company this site isn’t just for shopping.  Did you know that they have a TON of free tutorials on here?  Check them out here. of course you can shop on here if you’d like they have some amazing stamps by different artists.

The next site I’d like to share with you is Kimberly Wilson’s Blog, I found her blog awhile ago and love her inspirational posts.  It’s not creative so much I an artsy sort of way but it’s a great blog and I feel full of inspiration I’m able to help me be more creative. 

I have had a lot of creative commitments lately so not tons of time to just play. I have been working in a new journal and going back and forth using it both as a planner of sorts and an art journal. So here is a peek at some of my pages in my new journal. 

Above you can see the awesome washi tape I scored last week at Michael’s. They had all of it 40% off so I bought a tube that had like 7or 8 different tapes in it and I love them !!  Perfect for dividing the spaces between my days. 

And here is the front and back cover. It was made last year when I went to Art Beach. Tomorrow friends is my first blog post for Jessica Sporn Designs creative team. I’m both excited and nervous. Be sure to check it out here on Jessica Sporn Designs

Wishing you all lots of peace and happiness this evening 💕💕💕

What’s on your fall list ? 

Hi friends wow I can’t believe we are half way through September. I really love fall and have been super busy doing fall-ish things. Like going to the farmers market and getting fresh veggies and my tomatoes to make my spaghetti sauce that I can each year. 

My hubby and I also made it to he Italian Fest this year and it was so nice out !!  We had some great food and wine ‼️‼️‼️

There is nothing better to me than homemade sauce on the stove simmering all day on a nice fall day. It fills the house with the best aromas !! 

One of my most favorite magazines is Bella Grace and I have to say that their fall issue is spectacular 

I find this magazine super inspirational.  As well as reading the stories many times I can so relate and I just love that. It’s an interactive magazine they many times have pages and prompts for you to write on. One of my fav in this issue is :  what’s on your Fall Bucket List. I also used this and created my own prompt that I included in my art journal. And it is “THINGS I LOVE ABOUT FALL”

Also in this issue was a fabulous article on Kimberly Wilson an artist and writer and come to find out she has a black pug too ❤️❤️❤️

In the midst of all this busyness I managed to find time on Sunday to take a walk in my yard for some fall inspiration and to take a break from my creative commitments. All of these glorious plants are in my back yard. My hydrangea tree has humongous blooms this year you can see that in the last couple pics. It’s bigger than my hand. 😳

In case you missed some of my creative posts on FB here are a few things I’ve been working on 

And tonight after running around trying to find the art journals I use with my Art Therapy group (just to find out they were and item on the kids art list so have been cleaned out of every song art store ). I stopped at Barnes and Nobles to grab a coffee and picked up a couple other magazines I really like 

And scores these free books marks and I just love them !! 

And lastly I have decided to try my hand at some color pencil use. I have never gotten into them and so it’s a challenge for me but a fun one for sure but it takes time lol so will be a bit before this sunflower I drew is complete ! 

Well friends that’s all for tonight off to have my carrot / banana smoothie have a fabulous evening everyone 💕💕💕

Creative team post share and Sisterswithheartinart prompt 

Hi friends today the ever so talented Emma Tildesley is on the Jessica Sporn Designs blog with some super creativity get. Click Here to check it out !  

Also if you follow me on Instagram you know I am a member of #sisterswithartinheart. This weeks prompt is succulent but any plant can be your inspiration. Here is an example as some have asked what it is. 

Be sure to use he hash tag sisterswithheartinart and play along creating anything you would like: an art journal page, an ATC, tag etc anything goes and it’s just for fun. Hope you join in   And don’t forget to be fabulous today 💕💕💕🤗

Sneak Peek ….embellishments made with your gelli prints 

Hi friends I am back from a wonderfully relaxing vacation with my hubby and am full of creativity. I have new ideas and so much swirling in my head. So many ideas and too little time lol. First I want to remind you that new Creative Team I am a part of :  Jessica Sporn Designs has begun this week one of my team members had the first post and you can check it out Here. Be sure to follow Jessica’s Blog so you don’t miss any of mine or my creative teams posts. My first tutorial / post will be on the 29th this month and I have been working hard on it since I’ve been back. 

In the mean time I’d like to share a couple pics of our vacation with all of you and some creative pics as well. 

And now I am going to be doing a video tutorial on how to create your own embellishments for your art journals, gifts, scrapbook pages and more using your gelli prints. 

In my next post see how I turned this:  

Into these 

So stay tuned as I have some fun and exciting things coming your way !!  

Have a fabulous evening friends and safe and happy Labor Day Weekend!! 💕💕💕 

Making Embellishments out of your scraps

Hi everyone, today I’m showing you all how I use up some of my scraps of paper that I have laying around. If you’re like me it’s hard to part with those small pieces that are really still good and big enough to use. So what happens to me is I end up with a big bowl of them. Yes I keep them in this decorative bowl on my table easily accessible to grab and use up. 

So I took some of my favorite washi tape and started to cover some of the scrap prices I had 

When you are finished put out some punches or your die cutting machine and punch or cut out some of your favorite shapes. 

For these I used my big shot and some Tim Holtz dies 

And here I used some old creative memories punches that I have. 

I love this idea because now I have all these fun elements ready to be added to my art journal pages or my art cards. You can also use them on a canvas or on a scrapbook page as well. Or even to decorate a hand made card or the outside envelope or even to decorate a gift package. Since it’s almost back to school time kids could use them to decorate their notebooks or folders the possibilities are endless so what are you waiting for grab your scraps and washi tape and have some fun. Thanks for stopping by your comments and likes are always beyond appreciated ❤️ have a fabulous day !! 

Art Cards/ATCs what do you do with them ….

Well honestly the possibilities are endless but this is what I did with some of mine. I started out using various gelli prints to create them 

Then I took a canvas taped around the edges and painted it with a couple colors using an old piece of cardboard to just scrape the paint on and around. 

When creating my cards I added additional stenciling, stamping, coloring and some ribbon and some cut out stamped items. Just lots of various things that I had around in my stash that I  wanted to add to them. 

To make them a bit stronger I added a piece of chip board to the back of each. Then adhered then to my canvas with E6000 glue. 

I had originally thought that I would leave the outline around the canvas white but once removing the tape I didn’t like it so I went back in with some paint and stencils and made a random border. I love how it turned out and I have this hanging in my art studio at home. Lots of positive affirmations and inspiration. 

What do you do with your art cards ?  Would love to hear from all of you. Leave a comment if you have time. And have the most wonderful and inspiring Monday ❤️

Art Tags with whimsical houses 

Hi Friends sorry for not getting this post out earlier today, thinga have been a bit hectic. For those who follow my IG and FB my pug Pooh Bear is going to be ok. And thankfully not need surgery. Thank you all for your prayers, positive thoughts , hugs and well wishes, they worked ❤️❤️❤️

The other day I started these tags by using up some left over paint I had on my foam brushes. There was very little paint on them and so gave a fun and painterly look. To achieve this look your foam brushes need to be quite dry and as I mentioned above very little paint on them. Just swipe your foam brush in various directions until you are happy with the results.  

Next I took my StencilGirl stencil, designed by Mary Nasser called: Geometric Sky and on a piece of deli paper painted the stencil with the same 3 colors used above 

Here is the deli paper with the stencil still on it

And once I removed the stencil below you can see all the great triangles it made

Just perfect for creating whimsical houses. I just started by cutting out some of the triangles and then deciding which ones I wanted to use 

The above photo shows all my little houses glued on. At that point I knew I wanted to add some fun doodles to them. I recently splurged and ordered a set of Krink k-42 permanent paint markers, and I have to say I’m already in love with them. Fantastic coverage and no skipping. Excellent flow. I wish I had bought them before now as I’ve spent so much money on other paint pens that I have not been happy with. 

 Next I took a set of my Dylusions border stamps and stamped the edges of the tag and took my paint makers and added some additional doodles (dots) to the border.  I have my thumb on the boarder stamp that I used. 

I stamped some sentiments on some white copy paper then cut them out and glued them on my tags. 

The final step was to add some ribbon. I often like to use fabric scraps instead of ribbon because I can rip it and it gives it a more Gypsy or Boho look I think. Here are the fabric pieces I selected from my stash 

And the tags are finished. I think I will use a couple of these in my art journal / planner and maybe keep one as a book mark. Thanks so much for letting me share with all of you today. If you have time to leave me a comment it would mean the world to me. Wishing all of you the most fabulous evening 💕💕💕

Making a statement with white space in an art journal page 

Hi friends today I share with you an art journal page that I created with the intent on keeping lots of white space on it. This is an extremely challenging thing for me to do as I am one who feels most comfortable with covering the entire page with paints, marks inks and more. I am using of course a couple StencilGirl stencils as well as some fun unique mark making with some of my favorite tools. So grab your coffee and let’s crest white space together. 

This is how my page started out it was a page I cleaned my brush off on after one of my previous art journal pages. Since it already had plenty of paint I didn’t add any at this point as the goal is to keep white space. 

So I grabbed the following 2 stencils.  The fist one is by Jessica Sporn Designs 

And this one by Margaret Applin

I layer the 2 stencil first the leaves and then the heart over it on my page 

I choose my color of paint I used a magenta and an orange mixed to get a nice red / pink color. 

I then added a small red heart in the same color and with my liner pen and some black fluid acrylic paint drew some lines around my hearts 

Wrote the word love on the smaller heart and then used my left over paint to splatter some black dots around the page. 

I added a hint of pink from a Dylusions spray bottle by spritz in ha baby wipe and just wiping it on my page in strategic spots. (by that I mean where I wanted it lol). 

I took some orange paint and the bottoms of my sponge brush to add some dots 

And the last bit I decided to add some script across the hearts with the same stencil that he hearts were on that I used earlier. I first stenciled in white then added some magenta over it to make it stand out a little better 

I have found that how we challenging leaving white space is the pages actually get completed a lot faster 🙂 

Thanks for letting me share this with all of your and always your comment and likes are a blessing.  If you have the time, please leave me a comment I value them all. Have the most fabulous evening friends ❤️❤️❤️