P+M 005: Habit Loops

November 29, 2013 in Mental Health no Jutsu, Procrastination and Motivation

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The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

How Companies Learn Your Secrets

Charles Duhigg and Terry Gross Discuss Habits on Fresh Air

Also: some apologies. The dogs were chewing on some things in the other room and I didn’t even notice until I was editing out all of my “ums”

ABE #18: Inside the Box

November 27, 2013 in Art Block Execution

Art Block Execution #18: Inside the Box

Too many options can make things difficult- a good way to spark creativity can be to limit the tools and options available to you, and work only with what you have. Thinking Inside the Box can be, often, easier and much more useful than thinking outside of it.

Illustrators, Painters, Traditional kernoodlers: Get your two favorite colors- you can use any medium, you can use any additional tools, but only the two colors, any colors made from mixing the two, and any color that shows through from the paper/canvas.

Digital Painters: Same, but remember: two exact colors.You may NOT use any of the additional saturations or values within a given hue, but you MAY use any colors you can make by mixing, or layering, and you may use special layers.

Sculptors: Use your one favorite tool

Musicians: You might have two favorite chords and a rhythm pattern you’ve always meant to try- combine those two things now. You may use any individual notes found in the chords and you may use them in any octave.

Writers: Your two favorite but little-used character archetypes, in the situation of your choosing- for the purposes of this abe, make it at least 500 words, and no additional characters.

Difficulty: 3/5

How Does This Kill Art Block? Like it says at the top! The human brain makes decisions easier when it has fewer options. if this ABE doesn’t look like your cup of tea, set your own limitations and give it a go!

Bonus Points: Once you have your minimalist framework, save that by itself, then set new limits and finish the creation!

We love to see your completed ABEs! You can email them to us at abe@tiix-n-roo.com, or post a reply to this topic! If you have a tumblr, you can post your ABE there (or Submit it to our blog!) and be sure to use our tags, #ABE, #TixNRoo, and #ArtBlockExecution. We’ll post some favorites more or less monthly!

ABE #17: Remember Who You Are

November 20, 2013 in Art Block Execution

Art Block Execution #17: Remember Who You Are

We all have things we doodle most often- things that filled our sketchbooks, things that we automatically play when we pick up an instrument. This ABE is for when you feel like you can’t create- nothing is coming out like you want it to, your fingers aren’t cooperating, you know what you want but can’t make it work, and no amount of practice or planning will help.

Your confidence starts to waver.

So stop what you’re doing.

Right now, stop.

Take a short break, get a clean slate, and carve some time into your schedule to make something personal. What are the things you will always create, given no other input? No rules, just you and a sketchbook, a spiral notebook, a spare lump of clay. Nobody watching. Is it beasties? Dragons? Jazz? Romantic Fiction? Whatever you find yourself doodling idly, given the spare time, make that now. Take that topic/item/genre and GO NUTS. Do it well And Most Importantly, Have Fun.

Difficulty: 2/5.

How Does This Kill Art Block? This is all about taking something you KNOW you can make well, and reminding yourself that you ARE good at your craft. This one is about getting your Mojo back.

Bonus Points: Make it really, REALLY nice. Follow through, finish it all the way. We love to see your completed ABEs! You can email them to us at abe@tiix-n-roo.com, or post a reply to this topic! If you have a tumblr, you can post your ABE there (or Submit it to our blog!) and be sure to use our tags, #ABE, #TixNRoo, and #ArtBlockExecution. We’ll post some favorites more or less monthly!

MHNJ #5: HB PT 4, The Box Itself

November 13, 2013 in Mental Health no Jutsu


Mental Health no Jutsu #5: Happy Box part 4, The Box Itself

We’re doing something a little bit different this month. It’ll be broken down into Four (4) main parts and we encourage you to add onto them as you see fit. The goal this month is to take care of yourself, and this project is gonna be fairly personal so we’re not assigning difficulties or bonus points- or even examining how it helps kill art block.

A couple rules for the Happy Box:

1: Keep everything you make this month in a safe place until we get to the last week. You don’t want to lose it.

2: Don’t worry about how other people might judge your Happy Box. This is for YOU, not them. they don’t have to like it.

Part 4: Acquiring and Filling a Box

Okay so, this is pretty straight forward:

Acquire a box to put the things in. We strongly encourage that you build one (it’s more personal that way!) but it’s okay if you buy one. (Roo did!) but either way, once you have it, make it yours.

If you’re a sticker kind of person, put stickers on it.

Draw things on it that makes you feel safe, write reassuring words, woodburn crazy celtic patterns- whatever you need to do to really OWN this box, do it. It can have a lid or not have a lid and it can be as big or small as you like- so long as it holds all of your items. Go nuts! And don’t worry about finishing it right exactly now- you can come back to it later, if you need to! the point is, it’s your box and it has things that make you feel good in it.

Once you’re happy with the box (or have a box at all) go ahead and put your things in there. Arrange them how you like- and again, this is your box, so you can be as much or as little particular about the exact arrangement as you like.

And then, once you have everything in the box that you need in the box, put it somewhere safe, where you can get to it when you need to.

We love to see your completed projects, but we know that this one is sort of personal! We do encourage you to post a picture of your completed box, though, and you can do so by replying to this post. If you have a tumblr, you can respond there- we DO have replies enabled if you’ve been following us 7 days or more- you can also Submit the list to our blog and if we get enough responses we’ll put together a big list for people to look at.