Our Top 17 Favorite Art Quotes That Only Artists Would Understand

By Nicole Tinkham

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Have you ever seen a quote that just makes so much sense to your life in that moment? One that hits you right in the sweet spot? That’s exactly how we (and our artist friends) feel about the following art quotes. These are just some of what we’ve been sharing on our Facebook page to connect with and inspire other artists. Some are a little goofy, but all speak the truth. Read on for our top 17 favorite art quotes that only artists would understand.

1.    “Art Attack: The overwhelming feeling of having so many creative ideas at once and not enough time to do them.”

2.    “I don’t always paint but when I do, I get it all over my clothes.”

3.    “There’s no greater joy than that of new art supplies.”

4.    “Some women buy handbags. Some women buy shoes. I buy art supplies.”

5.    “Don’t judge an artist by their art room.”

6.    “Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.” –Edgar Degas

7.    “The ‘Earth’ without ‘ART’ is just ‘EH’.”

8.    “Buy me art supplies and I’m yours.”

9.    “Money can’t buy happiness but it can buy art supplies. That’s pretty much the same thing, right?”

10.    “When life gets complicated, choose to create.”

11.    “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” –Albert Einstein

12.    “Too many ideas, not enough time.”

13.    “You did not wake up today to be mediocre.”

14.    “Let’s escape. Let’s do art.”

15.    “My art doesn’t ask silly questions. It understands.”

16.    “I was created to create.”

17.    “I’d stop buying art supplies but I’m not a quitter.”

Do any of these art quotes relate to you? If so, save this blog and take a look at our 17 favorite art quotes for a little motivation, or a good laugh 🙂 Artists have to stick together. We are a unique community of people and not everyone understands us. But that’s ok because we understand each other! If you have any great art quotes for us to add to our list, please leave a comment below.

10 Office birthday ideas that don’t involve sheet cake

By Nicole Tinkham

10 Office Birthday Ideas that don't

What does a sheet cake and checking your name off the “sign card” list mean? You got it, another birthday in the office. While the gesture is nice and the cake is always yummy, it’s hard to show enthusiasm when the same exact thing is done for each and every employee. There’s nothing personal about gathering in the office break room while the whole company devours a cake with your name on it. Let’s think outside the box and do something different and FUN! Let’s make birthdays special as if we were kids again! Here are 10 ways to celebrate without a sheet cake (gasp!). Yes, it can be done and we’ll show you how.

1.    Decorate with more than just balloons

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Cubicle decorating is a classic but when it’s a special birthday be sure to go ALL OUT!

2.    Make a piñata and make it creative

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Most of us haven’t swung at a piñata since we were kids! Be creative with the piñata, having the birthday boy or girl’s interests in mind.

3.    Ice cream bar

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Just because we’re dissing birthday cake in this post doesn’t mean all food is out of the question. Get a little creative and do an ice cream bar with all the toppings.

4.    Karaoke break

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Rent a karaoke machine for the day and take breaks to have fun and sing. (Please don’t just sing the Happy Birthday song all day!)

5.    It’s not a party without games!

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Here’s one we’ve done in the office before and it’s actually really fun. Place a paper plate or piece of paper on top of your head and draw what the instructor says without looking. The results are hysterical!

6.    Decade party

Decade party
Bring back the style of when the birthday boy/girl grew up by having a decade themed party.

7.    Photo booth

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Photo booths are big right now at weddings and parties and are so much fun. Be sure to get a lot of random props!

8.    Get out of the office

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If possible, try to get everyone out of the office for lunch even if it’s only a picnic in the parking lot. It’s amazing how much people loosen up when they’re not in the work environment.

9.    Act like a kid again

Bounce house

Rent a bounce house for the day and re-live those childhood birthday parties!

10.    A larger, better version of the birthday card

Message board

ANYTHING can go on the birthday message board (as long as it’s appropriate) except your typical “Happy Birthday”. Write something personal, show the birthday person how much you appreciate what they do around the office, share a story about that person, or draw a doodle.

Office parties will vary depending on the person. If someone in the office is obsessed with a certain TV series, a themed party would be a lot of fun. Always take into consideration the person the party is for. What would they like? If doing something special for each and every birthday in the office is too much, monthly group parties also work but make sure it’s unique and something each person would enjoy. If possible, make it a surprise! It’s so much more exciting that way 🙂

What’s the best office party you ever had? Tell us about it in the comments below!

The 20 Day Winter Art Journal Challenge

By Nicole Tinkham

Are you up for a challenge? Although the first day of winter isn’t officially here for another few weeks, we consider the whole month of December to be the start of a new season. It’s getting colder and many things are changing around us. For instance, you’re probably staying inside a lot more these days, drinking hot beverages, and spending more time with friends and family as the holidays quickly approach. With the new season, we encourage you to explore new creative ideas which we know isn’t as easy as it sounds. If you have a blank journal page in front of you with no idea where to start, this blog is for you! Start now by taking the 20 day winter art journal challenge to spark some creativity this winter.

*** Print this challenge out so you can make sure you stay current***

Day #1: When you think of winter colors, do you think of cool colors like blues and greens? Today we want you to mix it up and use WARM colors. Portray a wintery feel using reds and yellows instead.

Day #2: Today draw one thing that changes in your lifestyle as soon as winter hits. Do you start reading more? Do you drink more hot coffee in the morning? Whatever it may be, get it in your art journal.

Day #3: Spring brings gorgeous blossoms, fall brings colorful leaves, and winter brings…dead trees! Winter trees need love too so find the beauty in them and bring them to life in your sketchbook today.

Day #4: We can’t do an art journal challenge without a little Zentangle! Grab your pen and go to town on a creative Zentangle snowflake design.

Day #5: Complete the sentence. When ___________ happens, I instantly get in the holiday spirit. Is it decorating the tree, holiday shopping, colorful lights, the shorter days, or waking up to colder mornings? Express that excitement in your art journal today.

Day #6: Get some fresh (and cold) air. You may want to stay inside where it’s warm but we challenge you to take your art out in the cold. Hint: It can be a quick (very quick) sketch.

Day #7: This time of year, we tend to be around other people whether it be family members, friends, fellow artists, or co-workers at an office party. Collaborate on today’s challenge by playing this simple game. Gather few people to participate. The first person chooses a theme for the sketch and begins a drawing. After a minute, the art journal gets passed onto the next person who adds on whatever they want. Continue until the journal has made its rounds.

Day #8: Now here’s a fun task. If you lived in a snow globe, what would surround you? Draw yourself in your DREAM snow globe environment.

Day #9: Tag day! Create holiday tags to use on the gifts you plan on giving. Here are some ideas to get you started: Scrapbook Ideas – Tags Christmas

Day #10: Choose a poem or make one up that makes you feel warm inside. Now practice your calligraphy skills in your art journal. Remember, this is just practice. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Hint: Here’s how to “fake” calligraphy: iMake

Day #11: Holiday ornaments and decorations often hold a special place in our hearts. Sketch one in particular that brings up the best memories and capture not only the ornament, but the memories themselves.

Day #12: Winter is all about hot food. Chili, soup, baked goods, hot coco, you name it! What’s your mouth watering over today? Draw that!

Day #13: When chilly, there’s nothing better than a hot cup of coffee. Head over to the coffee shop and have fun sketching people today.

Day #14: Sick of the cold weather by now? Draw where you WISH you were!

Day #15: Store bought cards are so overrated. Let’s make our own! It could be a holiday card, birthday card, or a just because card.

Day #16: Look out your window and see if there are any interesting animals out there. If nothing catches your eye, find pictures of animals that live in a cold environment. Think polar bears and penguins. Sketch away!

Day #17: Let’s play with fire. If you have the fireplace going, perfect! Get the flickering flames on your page (not literally). If you’re not looking at the real thing, use your imagination.

Day #18: Just for fun – Draw a self portrait of yourself as a snowman!

Day #19: You’re bound to have leftover wrapping paper lying around. Use it to create an interesting collage.

Day #20: Use this page to brainstorm and plan out your New Year’s resolutions. It takes more than just writing a list. What do you really want to accomplish in 2015?

You did it! You’ve completed the Winter Art Journal Challenge. Are you feeling a little more creative now? Spread the word and challenge your friends!

Do you want to see more challenges like this one? Let us know what you think on our Facebook page.