I love this. Inspiration at it’s best!

My loving husband sent me this link the other day. I just can’t get enough of it!  I am not one to pass on links or even write about them for that matter, however, sometimes something captures you so much you can’t resist but shout it from the rooftops. As the week winds down we all need a little inspiration to give us some wind in our sails to push us through.

The post I am talking about is “How to Steal Like an Artist and 9 Other Things No One Told Me” by Austin Kleon. Austin is a writer and artist living in Austin, Texas. He’s the author of Newspaper Blackout. Apparently a lot of other people like this, too. As of now this post has over 800 comments!

Here is a snapshot of my favorite tips from Austin below. You’ll have to pop on over to see the whole thing. Like I said in the title of this post- I love this. Pure and Simple. It’s Inspiration at it’s best… AND.. It’s something I will re-read over and over again to gain even more artistic inspiration.

And last- Just for fun, because you all KNOW I love organizing and things like hanging expanding folders and organizational tips make my heart flutter- Look at the method he used to write his book.  Check boxes to write just one page a day a day for a year.. OH… I want a little book with small boxes to check off!

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Jessica Balsley

Jessica Balsley is the Founder and President at AOE. She is passionate about helping art teachers enhance their lives and careers through relevant professional development.


  • You are right–this is a truly amazing thing. Thanks for sharing it!

  • Read the same thing this week. I wish that I’d read it in college! So great!

  • Jessica,
    I loved the article by Austin Kleon. That does make me feel better since I have always been scared to just paint becuase I thought “well I have already seen that done before” but I just need to remind myself that nothing is “original.” Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Fabulous! Wanting to read more. . . baby fussing! Wanted to tell you great post. Sorry for the “great”.

  • This is such great advice I can’t wait to share it with all of my art teacher friends! I especially like the “Don’t wait until you know who you are to make things”: what a great thought to share with students.