The Mystery of Creativity
"C" in A-Z of Mystery Journal

Any time I get to comment, visually or in words, about Creativity it is a pleasure. The challenge is how to choose what will go on the page. There are so many wonderful quotes by inspirational people, and so much possibility.

When looking up the definition, any time the word “create” was used, I referred to that definition and included some of those words to expand and clarify the definition:

cre-a-tiv-i-ty – the state or quality of having the power to cause to come into being as something unique – the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships – to create meaningful ideas, forms, methods, interpretations; originality, imagination

Part of being human is being able to make choices about what we make, and how we make things. Like the Great Creator, we are inherently makers. Often it is a mystery where ideas come from, connections are made, and even the childlike activity of playing can yield world changing results. There is nothing like getting lost in a creative project and the thrill of the “aha” moment.

As Julia Cameron says,

“Mystery is at the heart of creativity. That, and surprise.”

Spirituality and creativity are twin companions for me. They always come together.  In Brad Jersak’s book Can You Hear Me? He says:

“Spiritual Epiphanies and human creativity are both examples of
an imagination tuned into the Creator’s wavelength.
Spirituality is creative; creativity is spiritual.
Imagination provides the venue for both.”

I agree!

“God is constantly creating in us, through us, with us,
and to co-create with God is our human calling.”

Madeleine L’Engle
Walking on Water

“We are empowered within our own God given imaginations by the first poet,
the primal artist, the original composer.
Our own creative spirits, made in the image of another
are boosted and blessed and set on fire
by our union with God in Christ.”

Luci Shaw
Breath for the Bones

If I had to pick two books that have inspired my art and faith over and over the years, they would be Madeleine L’Engle’s Walking on Water and Luci Shaw’s Breath for the Bones.

“It’s not just about Creativity,
it’s about the person you’re becoming
while you’re creating.”

– Charlie Peacock

The materials I used for this page are consistent with the other pages in the A-Z of Mystery journal: pencil, eraser, Micron pen set, and Prismacolor Premier colored pencils. Just as I was finished the colored pencils, the stencil proofs for two new stencils I designed, made by StencilGirl Products® came. I decided to add some of the stencil shapes around the drawing on these pages with a silver Gelato® from the Dolce II set, and the 4×4″ stencil. I really like how it subtly gives the impression of movement and a creative flow. It will be available soon along with a 6×6″. I will post more about it when it is available.

Links to Posts about Word-of-the-Year & Everyday Journaling:

Making an everyday, calendar journal in a Leuchtturm1917 or Moleskine journal:

Ideas for scroll and banner headings for theme pages in an everyday journal:

About exploring a word of the year:

A surprise that led to an animal of the year:

“Why Journal? The Benefits of Journaling” . In addition to the post contents, check out the comments. People have contributed great reasons for journal keeping.

If you are seeking a Word for the year, you may find inspiration in the post “Listening for My Word of the Year.”

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Bible Journaling often is another facet of exploring a word or theme. In the Bible Journaling with Stencils & More e-course, I walk through how I Bible journal, the process of study and techniques. To find out more information check out:

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Bernice Hopper, and Mary Brack, and I share insights through blog posts for keeping an Everyday Calendar Journal. We will be using the journal to record events, experiences and relationships; to explore our word’s meaning in visual and fun ways. If you would like to connect with others in creative way about organizing your word, your ideas, thoughts, prayers, events, or your projects all in one place, you are invited to join our Facebook group: Everyday Journals ~ Living Your Word of the Year.
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Valerie: (this one :-))

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  1. Beautiful! Your art is always so stunning! I love the quote about creativity being challenged and renewed through community. The different online communities I have been a part of for art and for faith have become a vital part of my creative life. I don’t think my creative life would look the same without them!

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