Category Archives: creativity

How to Vomit

How-to-VomitWhen I was in high school, my debate coach introduced me to one of my favorite creativity exercises to date. She called it vomiting.

It’s not the prettiest terminology but it makes sense. I promise. The idea is that you start writing about whatever topic and just keep going. Even if you run out of things to say you just keep going. No editing, no judgement. Write for anywhere from 15-45 minutes. Even if you end up writing about how you don’t know what to write about… eventually you will get somewhere and you will have at least one fabulous sentence or idea.

The more you do it, the better it will get. The brain has an uncanny knack for just holding on to crap. The goal of vomiting for me, is to get through the crap to the good stuff. Sometimes I need to complain about the ridiculous in order to move past it.

If you get my #creativityand prompt this week and all you can think is _______. Try this technique, it will get you somewhere.

The more you do it, the easier it gets. Have you tried to before? Did you call it vomiting or do you have less disgusting name for it?

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Antelope Island

Did you start your art journal? I did. Then I promptly put it down and grabbed a sheet of yupo for an alcohol ink painting. You’ve already seen photos of my sacred space, The Great Salt Lake, so even though I was tempted to go out there and take new pics, I decided to go a less safe and less pretty direction.

Alcohol inks are one of my favorite mediums to work with because they are so uncontrollable. I know that it seems like a negative but for a perfectionist like me, it’s actually a good thing. They force me to let go of the end result and just play. And really that’s the point of this challenge, to play and experiment and push yourself in new directions. Maybe it will lead to something more, maybe not. This time, for me, I’m thinking not. The mountain and it’s reflection are looking a lil more like labia that I would prefer. But, I wanted to show it because perfection isn’t the point. Continue Reading

Step into a better world

Recently I started taking drawing lessons from my Aunt. Drawing has always felt like something I couldn’t do even though I’ve always considered myself an artist. I just thought of myself as more of a 3D artist. She uses the book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain to teach and during one of first lessons she showed me this video to help show me the difference between the right and left side of the brain. Now, you are going to have to watch it or else the rest of this post won’t make sense.

The whole thing blew my mind. I totally related to what she said about Lala land. When I’m doing something creative with my hands like drawing, weaving or sculpting, something where the right side of my brain takes over, I totally lose track of time and the world around me. I instantly find myself in a better mood. It’s a really magical thing.

It occurred to me that if I ever successfully meditated it would be like what she describes.

Have you ever experienced the right brain like she described? Any tips for stepping into it?

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Let’s get creative.

I’m back! I know for a bit there it seemed like I might never blog again. I haven’t been posting much for a couple of reasons. First, life has been getting in the way. But mostly, I really just wanted to take some time and reflect on what I wanted this website to be. There are so many voices online and I wanted to make sure that this site can really add value to the conversations on the web.

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There are so many thoughts that ran through my mind as I was taking my blogging time out and most of them linked back to creativity.

  1. How can we learn to be creative and/or enhance our creativity?
  2. What is it about the creation process that feels so good? I absolutely love creating things with my hands. It’s a physical need for me. I have to consistently make and create things or else I feel like my soul is withering away.

I really want to explore above questions. I want this website to be a conversation about creativity and the creation process.

When I was in college, I had an online writing buddy that would send me prompts to inspire me when I was feeling writers block. I absolutely loved it and some of my best writing came from his prompts. The other day in one of my jewelry classes I was stumped about what to make. This never happens, if there is one subject I have loads of ideas about, it’s jewelry design. But, none of my designs fit the requirements of the assignment. That’s when I realized that it’s not just writers that hit creativity blocks. It happens to every creative.

Then I came up with what is one of my favorite designs to date, it’s not cast yet but I will show it to you soon. And you know what? It’s the restrictions that were in the assignment that pushed me to think differently and led me to a design I loved. 

So dear internet friends, join me in taking a little creativity challenge. I’m going to send out a prompt every Sunday (this week is late due to technical difficulties) in my newsletter. You can use that prompt to inspire a blog post, drawing, photograph, video, painting, sculpture… you name it. Then, share it with the us by using the hashtag #creativityand. (It took a lot of searching on social media to find a hashtag that hasn’t blown up already, but just in case the hashtag gets busy, feel free to tag me.)

Think of it as a digital art journal, or better yet, get a notebook for this challenge and make it real life art journal.

If you don’t want to share your creations on social media, just email your work to me at kristiina@kristiinaanderson.com. On Saturday I’ll share what I came up with plus some of what you guys share. Don’t worry, I will ask permission first and link to you. All of that good giving credit stuff.

I think it will be incredible to see what everyone comes up with, especially when we use different mediums. I regularly check twitter, instagram, vine, facebook and tumblr but if you share on a different site, let me know. I thought about adding a link up to my Saturday post, so if you plan on blogging your prompts and would enjoy that, just leave a comment or send an email to let me know. I really do want this to be a conversation so please don’t be shy with comments, suggestions and emails. I love to hear from you!



Just in case you haven’t joined my list yet, I’ll share this weeks prompt here as well. Remember, you can use this prompt to inspire any kind of creative medium. You could write about a place that is sacred to you, take a picture of it, make a video, draw from memory, make a collage… whatever speaks to you. Don’t be afraid to think abstractly if you feel uncomfortable sharing what is sacred to you. We don’t have to get it. Maybe it’s a place you visit all the time, maybe it’s a place you don’t have access to anymore. Maybe it’s just a head space you get into. Explore it.

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I can’t wait to see what everyone creates, come back Saturday to see what’s going on or sooner for a new jewelry DIY.

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