3 Basic Principles of Color Theory for Designers + Infographic

3 Basic Principles of Color Theory for Designers + Infographic

Color theory has real practical value for designers, explains Playing with Color author Richard Mehl. The principles of traditional color theory are just like the other design principles we use every day—they are creative tools that can be used to solve visual problems. Different color combinations offer varying experiences and visual contrasts for the viewer, making it a critical component for graphic and interior design alike.

In visual communication, a color palette or color scheme is a set of colors that work together in ‘color harmony’ to express an idea—loud, quiet, light, heavy, warm, cool, conventional, avant-garde, etc. Most color palettes used in graphic design projects, like branding, are built around a base color, sometimes called a “hero color.” The hero color is usually supported by two or more colors. Some brands use two hero colors. In selecting these important colors, it’s critical to understand that certain colors pair together better than others.

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1. Color Choices: Choosing a Hero Color

Choosing a hero color is often the easiest part of creating a color palette. The hero color is usually associated with a familiar idea. For example, we associate blue-green colors with cool temperatures, yellow-orange with warmth, red with passion, yellow-green with growth. Cool colors like blue can represent calm, serenity and peace. Nuance can be added to the expression by adjusting the lightness, temperature, or saturation of a hero color—all forms of color contrast.

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2. Choosing Color Combinations

The supporting colors work with the hero color to express or complement the idea. Choosing the supporting colors isn’t always as easy as choosing the hero color. A basic awareness of color theory is helpful, especially the theories of color contrast. Let’s say our hero color is red. If we want our color palette to express unity, we can make the supporting colors analogous to red. A palette of analogous colors will almost always express unity because there is minimal contrast. Another way to express unity is to use monochromatic colors—a set of colors, all based on the same hue, but varying in lightness and darkness.

3. Understanding Basic Color Relationships

Primary colors and their cousins, the secondary colors, are color systems defined by extreme contrast, and they make excellent color palettes. We can build a color palette around a primary color or secondary (or tertiary colors which are made from mixing primary colors with secondary colors) that expresses difference. For example, if red is our hero color, and we choose the other primary colors—yellow and blue—as supporting colors, the palette will express extreme contrast and really pop. The lightness of yellow, and the coolness and relative darkness of blue, make the sensation of these hues completely distinct from the sensation of red.

Extreme contrast can also be expressed with complementary colors or with a complementary color scheme. Red and green, blue and orange, yellow and violet are all opposites on Sir Isaac Newton’s color wheel, and therefore, they represent the greatest difference in hue—the ultimate form of color contrast. As I write this, I’m watching the New York Mets playing in the World Series. Their brand colors are blue and orange, and as noted color theorist Johannes Itten wrote, they “…incite each other to maximum vividness.”

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We see extreme contrast demonstrated in every set of complementary colors. But at the same time, we commonly see complementary colors together in nature and other examples of local color. We associate complementary colors with each other, so even though they are opposites, they seem like natural companions in a color palette.

Pro Tip: Try Adobe Color CC

I’m a big fan of this program. It has become an important part of my creative toolkit. It allows me to experiment with a variety of color theory principles to create color palettes. Try it for yourself and see what palettes you can come up with for your next design project.

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The Creative Photo Challenge No. 2: Unusual Angle

The Creative Photo Challenge No. 2: Unusual Angle

Not every photo should be shot at eye level. In this week’s challenge, see how changing your perspective can create a dramatic look.  By using only natural light, her camera and a ladder, Lindsay will show you how to create a high-angle photo. Remember to practice safety measures to keep you and your subject safe while exploring these new and unusual angles!

Here’s the word from Lindsay!

Ok everyone, it’s time to shoot from an unusual angle. Drastically altering your angle can completely change your perspective on your subject! Don’t just at shoot at eye level. Get up on a ladder! Lay down on the floor. Change your point of view and suddenly you’ll see exciting new imagery emerge.

While you can certainly shoot from unusual angles in the studio, I find that when I try unusual angles on location I start to reveal dramatic results and compelling compositions. My subject and/or location may completely transform!

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In this challenge, I decided to photograph my subject Stephanie from up on a ladder. This high angle helped to simplify my background and suddenly I was able to see the interesting textures and shapes created by the tendrils of her dress. From a ‘normal’ angle I would have never seen this intriguing pattern!

I stood a couple rungs up on the ladder, using a Canon 5D IV and Canon 24-105, using the live view of my camera so I could frame up the scene properly. I placed my subject in the shade of a large tree to put her in open shade, giving me beautiful and even lighting across the scene.

If you want to learn more about my lens choice, camera angle and other considerations for this challenge, definitely check out my most recent blog post! I’ve got behind the scenes plus other artists to check out for inspiration at http://lindsayadler.photo/cpc-angle.

Alright, folks now go get after it. Don’t forget to tag and share your photos with #creativephotochallenge for a chance to win a free Lindsay Adler class or the grand prize 1-year free Creator Pass to our entire course catalog!

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Become A Changemaker By Leading With Imagination

Become A Changemaker By Leading With Imagination

Beth Comstock, author of Imagine it Forward, spent nearly three decades at GE as Chief Marketing Officer and then Vice Chair of Innovation. She led efforts to accelerate new growth and seed new businesses and enhance brand value. She recently took a seat with Founder and CEO of CreativeLive, Chase Jarvis, to discuss transformation, leadership, fear, and the intersection of creativity and business.

One of the world’s most powerful women in business, Beth Comstock, recently left a 27 year career at GE to go in a completely different direction – to a new life beyond the enterprise-exec world where her new areas of focus include writing, art, exploration and discovery.  Rarely do we see or hear of these evolutions – where someone like Beth who is so accomplished in big business reveals very publicly and vulnerably that she’s just excited to “do something new” and figure it all out along the way.

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It’s simultaneously brilliant, empowering, and refreshing all at the same time.  And that’s in part what makes this episode of the Chase Jarvis Live so extraordinary.  Beth talks about this journey she’s been on and this is among her very first interviews where she share’s key insights from her new book Imagine It Forward: Courage, Creativity, and The Power of Change.

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In her new online class Courage, Creativity and the Power of Change, Beth shares stories and tactics alike around how she’s taking a renewed control over her future and next career, and how you can too. Whether you’re and artist, or you work as a middle manager, or you’re putting an idea into a niche market for the first time – there’s something great in here for you.Without discipline, creativity untethered is just chaos.

“Without discipline, creativity untethered is just chaos.” – Beth Comstock
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If you are like so many of us creators out there, you probably have a bit of a perfectionist mentality. You want your ideas and art to be perfect before releasing it to the world. However, if you don’t release anything (be it a song, a painting, or a business idea) until it’s perfect, you’ll very rarely release anything at all. Get your ideas out into the world and let the feedback that you get help shape it into perfection.

Who are you waiting for to give you permission to make decisions, to speak up, and to take action? Write yourself a permission slip to do what needs to be done.

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If you want to make something, you have to learn the skills necessary to build it. In order to learn something, you’ve got to be inspired enough to put in the amount of work required to learn it. If you aren’t inspired by anything, start with your own curiosity. Ask questions that you’d like to know the answer to until you find inspiration. Then start learning… which will lead to making.

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3 Creative Entrepreneurs Share Their Secret to Success

3 Creative Entrepreneurs Share Their Secret to Success

As a perpetual entrepreneurial daydreamer, HoneyBook’s Free “Business Fundamentals for Creative Entrepreneurs” helped me overcome my ignorance and fear of where and how to start.  Comprising of three classes, the series clearly navigates the viewer through the daunting financial, legal and marketing jungles of starting their own business by providing clear steps, relevant resources and strategic planning all in one place.        

Branding Strategies to Ignite Your Marketing

The first class, “Branding Strategies to Ignite Your Marketing,” by Ashlyn Carter, a copywriter and former publicist, shows you how to set yourself apart amidst all of the overwhelming marketing noise magnified by social media.  Ashlyn provides sound business advice that new businesses often fall into the trap of wanting to capture everyone and everything, leading to a dilution of your finite efforts.  Ashlyn advises creatives to “say no to good things so they can say yes to great things.” Part of transitioning away from this do-all mentality includes the soul-searching exercise of honing in on your position statement – who you are, what you do, how what you do is unique, and who you do it for. This will allow you as a small business owner to tell your story and laser your branding.

Ashlyn provides another gold nugget advice of asking yourself, “what is enough?”  Essentially, determining your initial sales goals based on your personal financial needs alleviates the discouragement of your small business becoming a popularity contest, and gives you the stamina to steadfastly grow your company – brilliant!    

Put Your Money to Work: Take Control of Your Business’ Finances

The second class, “Put Your Money to Work: Take Control of Your Business Finances,” by Dominque Broadway, a personal finance coach and finance expert, provides equally relevant steps, tips and resources.  Apparently, 50% of businesses fail in the first 5 years; the most common pitfall – not preparing a thoughtful small business budget, which is the foundation of any business plan or business structure.

Particularly noteworthy was Dominique’s video on “Funding your Business.”  I watched it about 3 times – who wouldn’t when it gives you the inside scoop on getting money from outside sources?  Also, Dominique’s section on taxes and deductibles (to minimize those taxes) got me so excited that for a minute I thought I could deduct all my living expenses with the right justification.  If there was a suggestion for improvement for Dominique’s excellent class, it would be to caveat it with how to deduct within IRS parameters to avoid hefty fines or going to jail.

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Legal Steps Every Business Owner Should Take

My personal thoughts on the third class, “Legal Steps Every Business Owner Should Take“ by Christina Scalera, attorney and founder of The Contract Shop:  Pull out you your notebook and start taking notes.  If the legal labyrinth feels more like a black hole, Christina’s 13 videos demystifies it all VERY CLEARLY to HELP YOU MAKE THE RIGHT LEGAL DECISIONS for YOUR SMALL BUSINESS.  For example, most creatives decide at some point to register as an LLC to limit their personal liability, but at what point should they consider filing an S Corp to minimize their taxes?  Or, what are the legal tools to protect your small business? Answer: contracts, insurance, disclaimers, terms and conditions, and ambiguity (which I would never have guessed).

Particularly eye opening, and completely off my radar, was Christina’s video on handling dispute risks. Return policies I can understand, but receiving Cease and Desist letters would give me a heart attack.  Luckily, Christina helps you mitigate those risks.

Overall, HoneyBook did an excellent job at bringing together and breaking down three challenging topics that plague all new American businesses into digestible, bite-sized clips.  From practical information (e.g. business registration and registered agent costs, and business tax deadlines and the online filing system) to addressing often overlooked details (e.g. payment acceptance methods) to guidance on business names, trademarks, and DBAs) to tips regarding client communication and experience, the fundamentals are all there, in one place, to help creatives overcome confusion and fear, and turn their daydreams into realities.

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50 Eco-Friendly Easter Crafts

50 Eco-Friendly Easter Crafts

Wood Burned and Stained Easter Eggs

Yes, you CAN have an eco-friendly Easter! This springtime holiday is perfect for nature crafting, and an Easter basket is a terrific spot to put a few special homemade gifts. Easter eggs are so easy to make eco-friendly, and some wholesome treats are a terrific way to counter that morning candy-fest.

Ready to be inspired? Check out these eco-friendly Easter crafts below, and then add some new memories to your Easter celebration:

1. Upcycled Easter wreathWhen you’re shredding old book pages or newspaper to make your own grass for Easter baskets, set some aside to make this upcycled wreath, perfect for welcoming guests to Sunday brunch.

Eco-Friendly Easter Crafts

2. crocheted Easter basketA crocheted Easter basket is the perfect place to put lots of homemade-with-love Easter gifts!

3. fabric Easter basketMost of the Easter baskets marketed to children in stores are plastic, which is just… no. Thrift a nice woven or wicker one, or make these sweet sewn fabric Easter baskets.

4. pom-pom bunny. Here’s a versatile craft that will work with any yarn. Cotton and wool are the most eco-friendly, but hey, if acrylic is what you’ve got, then it works fine, too.

5. pom-pom bunny garlandOnce you’ve got the pom-pom technique down, you can also make this sweet pom-pom bunny garland.

6. vegan Easter cupcakesSkip the eggs and milk and butter and still make a batch of decadent Easter cupcakes.

These Easter cupcakes are so cute and so delicious - no one will guess that they're totally vegan!

7. dimensional Easter egg ornamentYou can use up lots of little scraps of paper for these Easter egg ornaments; the result is an Easter decoration worth saving, but also easily recyclable.

8. felt Easter eggsThese are sturdy enough to hide for an egg hunt and yes, they do have a pocket for a treat!

9. Mason jar Easter basketsI love this idea for dividing treats bought in bulk among multiple kids.

10. washcloth bunny and chickHere’s an adorable way to sneak something practical into a kid’s Easter basket.

11. chalkboard Easter eggsI LOVE these Easter eggs! Add chalkboard paint to unfinished wooden eggs and you’ve got an Easter egg that you can decorate over and over again.

Chalkboard Easter Egg

12. felt bunny and chick Easter basketsThese baskets are perfect for someone who likes a little hand-sewing, although you could glue the embellishments on and they’d still look absolutely adorable.

13. kidney bean bunny wreathThis tutorial does use Styrofoam, but it’s Styrofoam that’s upcycled from packaging waste. If you don’t have any on hand, use newspaper instead.

14. potato stamped Easter eggsPotato stamps are a fun and easy way to create a wide variety of Easter eggs. Even kids can safely carve a potato stamp, and it’s a great way to experiment with patterns and colors.

15. tin can bunny plantersInstead of craft foam, cut apart a soda can and cut the aluminum into the shape that you need. Sand the edges or wrap them in duct tape to make sure they aren’t sharp.

16. candle jar miniature Easter basketVotive and jar candle containers often have the perfect Easter basket shape–just cover them in festive decorated paper and fill with tiny treats!

17. clay Easter egg garlandThis is such a simple decoration, in which even the clay is homemade.

18. felt bunny treat bagThere’s an eco-friendly type of felt for every type of crafter, so felt projects are always a great choice.

19. felt carrot pencil holderThis bunny-themed pencil holder makes sitting through a long church service or Easter lunch much more festive and entertaining for a kid. Just don’t forget the blank paper!

20. wood carrots for the yardSome woodworking skills are required for this project, but the materials are all reclaimed fence posts and pallet wood.

21. Woodburned and watercolor-stained Easter eggsWant to get away from plastic Easter eggs but you don’t want to lose those beautiful, vibrant colors? THIS is the tutorial for you!

Wood Burned and Stained Easter Eggs

22. decoupaged Easter eggsHere’s a great way to re-use the tissue paper that often comes in packaging and presents. I like that you can use real or faux eggs with this method.

23. Easter bunny stuffieIf you’re trying to avoid a lot of store-bought Easter basket fillers, then homemade toys and stuffies are for sure the way to go!

24. sock bunnyA sock bunny is even easier than a sock monkey.

25. tissue paper decoupaged Easter eggsThis is a more kid-friendly tissue paper decoupage method, specifically geared towards those scrips and scraps of vibrant craft tissue paper that you might find yourself with if you do a lot of art with kids.

26. cascaronesThese traditional eggs are all-natural, and they’re FUN!

How to Make Cascarones for Easter

27. embroidered eggs. You have to have some time on your hands to make these embroidered Easter eggs, but they’re worth it.

28. toilet paper tube miniature Easter basketThese little baskets are perfect for holding just a few treats. If you’re hosting an Easter party, children could even decorate them themselves.

29. toilet paper tube bunnyKids love making holiday crafts, so you know that they’ll love making these Easter bunnies out of toilet paper tubes.

30. tree branch Easter bunnyTurn a fallen branch into this adorably rustic Easter bunny. I love that you can make any size you like, all based just on the size of the branch.

31. natural Easter egg dyesIf you don’t use artificial food dyes, there’s no need to buy them just to decorate Easter eggs. There are so many beautiful, natural options!

32. “Bunny Crossing” signThis particular project upcycles fence pickets, but you could also reclaim pallet boards–either option is free and eco-friendly.

33. chick Mason jar vaseUpcycle an old Mason jar of spaghetti jar into a sweet chick that matches all the daffodils you can fill it with.

34. cement Easter eggsHere’s an Easter egg that you don’t have to worry about a little one breaking. I love that you can still paint and embellish these–they’d be perfect for an egg hunt!

35. egg carton bunniesThese also hold treats, so you can replace some of your Easter eggs with them.

36. papier mache Easter eggsThese papier mache Easter eggs are a full replacement for plastic Easter eggs, since they open for a treat. And just like plastic Easter eggs, they’ll also last forever, but unlike plastic eggs, these babies are just upcycled paper, glue, and paint.

Eco-Friendly Easter Crafts

37. cereal box and fabric buntingCheck out how beautiful this bunting is! Cereal boxes may have gaudy colors and marketing messages on the front, but on the inside, they’re perfectly blank canvases for your creativity.

38. reclaimed wood Easter bunnyI love that you can upcycle whatever you have on hand into this stand-up Easter bunny that’s perfect for a porch.

39. reclaimed wood Easter eggWhile you’re at it, why not make some matching Easter eggs?

40. yarn-wrapped chickWrapping yarn is a good fine motor activity to strengthen little hands, and it’s WAY less messy than paint.

41. toilet paper tube Easter bunny. This cute Easter bunny is easy to make completely from upcycled materials. Use it as a candy holder or simply as a fun decoration.

Easter Bunny Candy Holder from a Toilet Paper Roll

42. button Easter eggI bet that you can wrangle up enough buttons from your stash to make this button Easter egg.

43. felted wool Easter eggsIf you craft with wool, you’ll love these fuzzy Easter eggs that you can create from wool roving.

44. grapevine bunny wreathThe tutorial calls for faux vines, but I’m already knocking back the regular invasion of non-native plants on my property this spring. Wouldn’t it be fun to put those invasive vines to work here?

45. wood bead bunniesThese little bunnies look great when made with unpainted wood beads, but I think they’d look just as cute with any round beads that you have on hand.

46. embroidery hoop Easter eggsI love this idea for Easter decorations, because you can easily take the fabric out of the embroidery hoops and store them between holidays–and then your embroidery hoops are ready for embroidering again!

47. bunny ear hoodieThis project doesn’t take a ton of sewing skills, but it LOOKS like it does. All you have to do is cut the ears off of a stuffed bunny and stitch them to your hoodie’s hood, and boom–you’re a bunny!

48. crochet Easter bunny garlandI love the look of this Easter bunny garland, but you can also crochet the bunnies as singles.

49. eco-friendly Easter grassPlastic Easter grass is the WORST. Don’t submit to it, especially not when there are so many eco-friendly options that are even more beautiful.

50. eggshell votive candlesThese candles are so versatile–you can dye the eggshells or leave them plain, or even peel off the eggshell for an egg-shaped candle.


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Infographic: The Photographer’s Guide to Dog and Cat Behavior

Infographic: The Photographer’s Guide to Dog and Cat Behavior

If you are a family photographer, you have likely worked with pets. Because our furry friends can’t talk, it’s essential to learn what their body language is signaling. In honor of National Pet Day, here are some tips and tricks to ensure your favorite tail-waggers are a part of the family photography fun.

The Photographer's Guide to Understand Animal Behavior Signals

Illustrations by Rachel Frankel.

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The Creative Photo Challenge Starts Now! Challenge No. 1: Make a Mess

The Creative Photo Challenge Starts Now! Challenge No. 1: Make a Mess

Ready? Let’s go! Lindsay Adler’s Creative Photo Challenge starts NOW!

Let’s jump right in and get your hands dirty.  By adding things like paint, flour or molasses to your portraits, you can add texture and color to create a photo that pops! In Challenge #1 – Make a Mess, Lindsay Adler will use one light and Holi Powder to create a portrait that exudes color and motion while making a mess on your set.

Ok, here’s how Lindsay Adler suggests you get your hands dirty for the sake of art:

“Your challenge is to make a mess! Make a glorious mess! Abandon control and order to get more creative and come up with something unexpected. Cover your subject in flour and make them dance. Play with glycerine, water, paint, feathers, anything! Just be sure to create beautiful chaos!

In this challenge, I chose to cover my subject in Red Holi powder to use color and movement to create a photograph with impact!

The subject was lit with a single softbox on a red background and using a dress made out of tulle.

We’d throw powder on the subject as she’d jump, and the mess was extensive, but I LOVE the results.

My beautiful model Maddi ended up with powder in her ears and mouth (totally uncomfortable), but she said it was worth it!

Now it’s your turn to create and share your beautiful mess and even more beautiful photos! Feeling inspired? Want to learn a lot more? I have even more I want to share for this challenge so I’ve written up an in-depth blog post providing you with more inspiration, behind the scenes, insights into my creative process for this challenge, and much more. Check it out on my blog on this challenge!

How the Creative Portrait Challenge works:



  • Upload your photos and tag it on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter using #creativephotochallenge.
  • Have questions or want to check in with fellow photographers? Join the Creative Photo Challenge Facebook group.

3. Winners

  • For the month of April and May we’ll be reviewing submissions via #creativephotochallenge and choosing the best representation of that week’s challenge.
  • Winning photos will be featured on CreativeLive social feeds and will win one free Lindsay Adler class.
  • At the end of the 10-week challenge one grand prize winner will be chosen based on participation, creativity, and execution and win a free year of CreativeLive’s Creator Pass and access to our entire 1,500 course catalog.

Step outside of your routine, see the possibilities and discover what you love to capture!

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Turn An Old Blender Into A Planter

Turn An Old Blender Into A Planter

Yes, that’s a super-expensive Vitamix blender pitcher that finally cracked (it’s too embarrassing to tell you why, but I assure you it was because of Reasons).

No, I could not stand to simply toss it away, even after it spit something like a half-gallon of hot tomato soup onto the counter before I figured out it was broken.

Instead, I did what I do with every single even vaguely container-shaped piece of junk that needs a second life around here–I turned it into a planter!

The process is so easy that yes, you, too, should be turning every single even vaguely container-shaped piece of junk into a planter. Think about how much sturdier your piece of junk is than a chippy terra cotta pot, and how much more eco-friendly than a brand-new plastic pot.

And think about how roomy that beautiful broken blender pitcher is. So much space for strawberries!

Tools and Supplies

Here’s what you need to plant strawberries or anything else that delights you, in your own broken blender pitcher:

  • old jar lid (optional: see Step #1 to see if you’ll need one)
  • gravel
  • potting mix
  • plant


1. Prepare the blender to be water-tight.

Blender pitchers have their blade attachment at the bottom. Generally, this won’t be a problem, and in fact, it’s even easier to turn your blender pitcher into a planter if you keep the blades installed.

However, this is my super-expensive Vitamix blender pitcher that we’re talking about here. I saved up a LONG time to buy that baby, and I sure ain’t dropping a ton more money for another entire brand-new pitcher! Instead, my partner removed the blade attachment from this broken pitcher and installed it in the new pitcher that I bought to replace it. It was still pricey as heck, but way less expensive than buying the complete replacement pitcher with the blades included.

So if you, too, have removed the blade attachment from your blender pitcher, making the pitcher water-tight again is as easy as scavenging an old jar lid that is larger than the hole but smaller than the bottom of your blender. Set the lid over the hole and you’re done. If you want to be perfectly safe, use epoxy glue to adhere the lid in place, but since the next step is going to be filling something like half this pitcher with rocks, all that weight will also keep the lid in place.

2. Add a layer of rocks.

This depends on the plant, of course, but it’s likely that your blender pitcher is far deeper than necessary. Instead of wasting a LOT of potting soil in that space, fill up what you don’t need with rocks.

Some really cute options would be river rocks, broken pottery pieces, shells, even aquarium gravel if you’ve got it, but I am flat out of cute rocks and such and so honestly, I just scooped up some of the gravel off of my driveway.

Whatever. Pretend like it was a thoughtful aesthetic choice.

3. And then you plant!

I’m so in love with the transparency of this planter. Look at what pretty layers the rocks and potting soil make–even prettier if you add that aquarium gravel or shells or pottery shards! I’m also loving the fact that it’s got a handle, making it easy for me to move around; add just the right bracket, and you could also hang it or mount it somewhere fun.

Want to know what else you can upcycle into a planter? Check out these other vaguely container-shaped pieces of junk that I’ve used!

  • Chair planterThis is a great choice for one of those outdoor chairs that probably wasn’t meant to live outdoors and now it’s falling apart.
  • Shower caddy planterI love these because they’re easy to attach to a fence railing!
  • Broken coffee mug planterA broken coffee mug planter is the perfect container to pop an herb in and set in a sunny kitchen window.
  • Metal tin planterThis is probably the easiest piece of junk to upcycle into a planter, simply because this is probably the piece of junk that you have the most of.
  • Mesh produce bag planterHere’s another great planter to try, since those mesh produce bags otherwise go straight into the trash.
  • Milk carton planterMilk cartons make insanely awesome planters, because they’re designed to be both light and water-tight.
  • Wine bottle planterA wine bottle planter takes more work to make, but that self-watering business is LEGIT.
  • Mason jar planterFun fact: instead of using my real Mason jars, which I use for canning, I really like to upcycle those spaghetti sauce jars that are embossed to look like Mason jars.

Do you have a favorite piece of junk that makes a GREAT planter? Tell me about it in the Comments below!


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The Oxford Foundry Recognizes ‘There’s A Creator In All Of Us’ In Milestone Partnership

The Oxford Foundry Recognizes ‘There’s A Creator In All Of Us’ In Milestone Partnership

In 2010 we set out to make online creative education accessible to the world – at a time when it wasn’t part of the cultural norm. Now 9 years to the week (today’s our birthday 🎉) and millions of students later we’re announcing a milestone partnership with The Oxford Foundry! When a 1,000 year old college prioritizes creativity for all students, it’s a signal for all of us. The future of creativity is here! We are honored to launch this historic partnership and look forward to the future thoughts leaders who emerge from this learning opportunity.

GETTING CREATIVE WITH THEIR FUTURES – Oxford students broaden their skills and their horizons through access to practical learning videos

  • Published on April 2, 2019

The Oxford Foundry, the University of Oxford’s entrepreneurship centre, is now providing all 24,000 Oxford students with access to hundreds of experiential learning classes that will build their talent, enhance their skills and encourage them to actively explore new opportunities through a content licensing partnership with CreativeLive For Business.

As of today, anyone with an Oxford Single Sign-on (SSO) will be able to view and experience hand-picked classes covering themes such as entrepreneurship, communication, design thinking and emotional intelligence. CreativeLive is recognised as a global leader in creative learning, and the classes are led by individuals who are not only experts in their field, but who are excellent teachers too, including bestselling author Tim Ferriss, award-winning business woman and author Arianna Huffington, and LinkedIn co-Founder Reid Hoffman.

The Oxford Foundry supports Oxford students in taking an entrepreneurial approach to their futures, enabling them to bridge the future employment skills gap. It focuses on building technology skills and providing practical learning around entrepreneurship, as well as on the creation and support of new ventures. In this way, the Foundry contributes to entrepreneurial and economic growth in the UK and Europe, while widening access to network, resources and opportunities beyond the University of Oxford.

The move to provide Oxford students with this rich pool of high-quality content from CreativeLive is aligned with the Foundry’s guiding belief that entrepreneurship is a mindset that can – and must – be cultivated by anyone preparing to enter the changing world of work today. Further, the synergy between The Foundry’s belief and CreativeLive’s mission – to champion every creator’s right to live their dreams in work and life – made for a natural and thoroughly aligned partnership.  

“Oxford students excel academically, but they need to build their ‘hustling’ skills too: the things that will make them strong, adaptable, and creative leaders.”

As Ana Bakshi, Director of the Oxford Foundry explains:

“Oxford students excel academically, but they need to build their ‘hustling’ skills too: the things that will set them apart, make them strong, adaptable, and creative leaders. Regardless of what they’re studying, or what they intend to do professionally, they need to be able to collaborate, communicate and innovate. At the Foundry, we’re committed to empowering young people to explore alternative career pathways, and to encouraging venture creation. By giving Oxford students access to CreativeLive’s online learning catalogue, we’re supporting them to unlock skills and abilities which will be a real and lasting possession far into the future, whatever they intend to do or become.”

“Creativity is radically transforming our world, and the future favours people and organisations that can create, innovate, and design the best products, services and experiences,” says Chase Jarvis, Founder and CEO of CreativeLive. “We’re honoured to partner with one of the most highly regarded educational institutions in the world to offer their students access to online learning that boosts professional and personal development through creativity and innovation.”

Soft skills are becoming increasingly important for employment: studies show* that 75% of long-term job success depends on soft skills, while only 25% is dependent on technical knowledge.

Only 1 in 4 people currently feel they’re living up to their creative potential at work.

Additionally, only 1 in 4 people currently feel they’re living up to their creative potential at work[1], and that’s no surprise given many online learning resources focus on technical skills such as programming, project management, and data analytics.

The positive effects of creative learning are starting to be recognised by employers too, particularly with regard to performance and staff retention: studies show that employees who are engaged and have high levels of wellbeing are 27% more likely to report excellent performance on their own, and be rated as ‘excellent’ by their employer. They’re also 59% less likely to seek work elsewhere in the next year.[2] Additionally, among employees who believe their employer encourages creativity and innovation, 78% of them say they are committed to that employer.[3]

*(Ref: Klaus, P., 2008 – The Hard Truth About Soft Skills...)

[1] (Ref: 2012, State of Create Study, Adobe Systems)

[2] Ref: 2015, Well-Being Enhances Benefits of Employee Engagement, Gallup News

[3] Ref: 2017, Office Perks: Millennial Expectations Change What Employers Offer, ReportLinker Insight

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Why Simply Moving Your Body Makes You More Creative

Why Simply Moving Your Body Makes You More Creative

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Creative people have known for centuries that going for a walk can undo the knots in their thinking and help spur those ideas that seem unreachable when sitting down. Most of those people, though, didn’t have the internet or texting.

While taking a stroll through the woods may have been necessary for the geniuses of the past, many of us spend our days in a cramped city and don’t see how walking past Starbucks and Panera Bread will exactly get our inspired juices flowing. But it’s becoming harder to deny how vital a simple walk can be to kick your creativity into gear, especially after last year’s study from Stanford.

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Nearly 200 students and adults were asked to perform one of four different tasks: sitting and staring at a blank wall, walking on a treadmill and staring at a blank wall, walking around a path on campus or being pushed around that path in a wheelchair. They were then given tests that measure creative thinking.

And there was no question that those who walked, both indoors and outdoors, were more creative than their sitting counterparts. Yes, even staring at a blank wall and moving your legs helped people come up with more innovative ideas. That’s why it’s so important to maintain your body, it leads to a more sound mind.

Now, there is a catch — walking, like drinking, may help generate creative ideas, but it’s not great for focus. In fact, that syncs with many other studies that show distraction and even fatigue can help us be more creative, because our brains are filtering out less data and we’re being bombarded with new thoughts.

This New Yorker article goes far deeper into what walking does to our brains, and links to other studies that show a hike in the mountains may help with certain thinking while sauntering through Times Square can be better for other kinds. Writes author Ferris Jabr, “Walking on a regular basis also promotes new connections between brain cells, staves off the usual withering of brain tissue that comes with age, increases the volume of the hippocampus (a brain region crucial for memory), and elevates levels of molecules that both stimulate the growth of new neurons and transmit messages between them.”

But what’s most important is the body of research that shows trying to crack that creative nut is probably going to happen quicker even if you’re simply pacing in a room, rather than slumping in your chair and browsing websites or messing with whatever new app you just downloaded. “The way we move our bodies further changes the nature of our thoughts, and vice versa,” Jabr notes.

It’s no wonder Rodin’s The Thinker has been there so long — he’d probably figure out the answer if he just stood up and stretched his legs.

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