In case you’ve not seen Amy Tangerine’s FREE Creative Handbook, I wanted to do a little review to tell you about it! To get your hands on one you just need to head over to Amy’s blog, fill in your email address in a box in the sidebar (in the sidebar of her blog, or at the top of her website homepage), and you’ll receive a link to download the handbook.
The handbook is about being inspired and staying motivated with your creative life! The handbook has 5 ‘Practices’, which are sections to work on. Each practice has a bit of information about why Amy included it and how to fill out your own worksheet (each worksheet also has some boxes / prompts to start you off). But the most inspiring thing is the videos that Amy Tangerine, and her friend Jamie Waters, have made to show them using each practice. The videos are all on YouTube, and you can see them here: Practice 1, Practice 2, Practice 3, Practice 4, Practice 5. Those two are cute and funny (watch for the outtakes at the end of the videos) and so inspiring.
I’ve only done the first three practices so far, so I’ll share how I’ve used them today, and then I’ll be back in a week or two to tell you how I got on with the last two.
This is is a bit of an introduction to yourself and your goals – a sheet to doodle, jot, and get the gears working! I allowed myself a good hour to play with this one and experiment with a few different techniques:
Something I discovered right away was that I quite liked writing with Promarkers because it made my words seem bold a purposeful. I’d only used them for colouring before. I also enjoyed doodling with watercolours:
I also loved the boxes to fill with patterns. And my favourite bit is where it says ‘more of this…’ and I wrote ‘colour +’ and then added a couple of glittery stripes, just using my Herma dots runner, and some American Crafts Wow fine glitter:
Little Miss (age 6) saw me filling this out and she wanted to do one too, so I printed her off a sheet and she got to work with the paints (I’ve blocked out her name with an orange rectangle):
I like the starburst patten she made with green, blue, and brown!
This practice is one you could fill out everyday – writing three quick ideas to complete that day. You are supposed to fill it out in the morning, and it can be done in just 5 minutes.
I’ve filled out 3 of these, on different days. Not one of them has been done in the morning! I’ve been doing them just after lunch as I tend to have a free 5 minutes then. I think they’ve taken me slightly longer than 5 minutes, but not too much – I’ve been very casual with these and not worried if my scribbles aren’t perfect or if I colour outside the lines. I just use it to have fun and release my creativity:
I love this little elephant on a path I doodled (drawing in pen straight away, no pencil). And then the doodle gave me an idea for a scrapbooking sketch too:
This one is about how we collect inspiration and how to put it into action. I think I enjoyed this practice most of all and I’ve stuck it up on my wall to keep me inspired. I can imagine me completing this again and again to keep my mind turning!
At the top you can make a kind of mood board, with images cut from magazines or printed from pinterest, blogs, etc. The bottom is for a quote / quotes:
I went through My Pinterest Boards to find a few ideas that I wanted to try. I love having these actually printed out so I can glance at the when I’m next delving through my stash:
And I went through my ‘Quotes and Phrases’ Board to find a quote that appealed to me:
I think I was drawn to this one because spring is finally on it’s way here!
Conclusion So Far:
I found it really easy to download and print off the handbook, and I have really enjoyed filling out these first pages. I may not have used them exactly as intended but I don’t think that’s a bad thing – I’m sure Amy won’t mind! It has confirmed what I already suspected – that Amy Tan ROCKS! She is lovely to have done all this for free. What are you waiting for, go sign up at Amy Tangerine’s Website HERE. You can also see what other people have been creating with the handbook by checking out the hashtag #amytangerinehandbook on Instagram!
I’ll be back with the other two practices in a week or 2. In the meantime, have a creative day!