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Marisa Anne
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27 Dec 2012

Learn to make creativity a daily habit!

Whether you're just beginning to trust your artistic voice or you've been refining it for years, Marisa Anne is the loving guide and caring mentor you need to help you commit to moving through resistance, stepping outside of your comfort zone and making creativity a regular part of your life.


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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (27 Dec 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440320993
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440320996
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 20.1 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 243,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'For anyone who has wanted to know exactly how an artist has paved her road to success, 'Creative Thursday' is the book that offers an engaging and honest blueprint of how it happened for one and therefore how it can happen for many.' --Jenny Doh,'Crescendoh'

About the Author

Marisa teaches both online and in-person across the country. Her artwork sells via her online shop, galleries, and her licensing companies: Oopsy Daisy Fine Arts and Papyrus. Clients include: Urban Outfitters, Land of Nod, Andover Fabrics, Better Homes and Gardens, Country Living, Stampington's Artful Blogging, Where Women Create, Decor8, Poppytalk, SfGirlbyBay and Design*Sponge. Website: creativethursday.com

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Book With Great Advice 7 Mar 2013
Format:Paperback
I wanted to review this book as soon as I laid eyes on it. I didn't know exactly what it was about, but the cover, with its cute characters, hand drawn type, great use of space and unusual title, made me curious.

At its very heart Creative Thursday is like a self-help guide for struggling artists, or those that think they aren't creative, but would like to be. I'm sure you are aware of the kinds of issues that can arise when you try and tap into your creative side: you doubt your talents, feel lost, lose all your inspiration, run out of ideas, and procrastinate in the form of endless tea making. These are the sorts of quibbles that Creative Thursday wants to help you iron out.

Interestingly, if I had known that this book was going to be a bit touchy-feely, and offer me advice on tackling procrastination, self-belief, and making the best of myself, I may well have avoided it. Most of the advice is common sense and nothing that I don't already know, what is important though, is that it's advice that if I tell it to myself, or if anyone else tells me, I usually ignore it. However, it's advice that, somehow, if received through the medium of print, actually begins to sink in.

When a book reminds you of something you should be doing, no judgement is being passed, and you feel no embarrassment when your serial procrastination problem is realised, instead you actually pause, and begin to consider what actions you could take in order to be kinder to yourself, or to be more successful. You can start to face up to challenges proactively in your own time, without the need to feel challenged or to react defensively.
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5.0 out of 5 stars so inspiring and beautiful to browse through 5 July 2013
By bea
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The only problem with this book is that it's so inspiring I am struggling to get through it, as I keep firing off doing creative things, which i suppose is the point :-) It is also beautiful to browse through, and a very pleasingly tactile book, the drawings and doodles are a delight, I would recommend strongly...don't expect the holy grail of advice, this is common sense and exactly what I needed reminding off to get started, it's like your inner voice having an outing and giving you the shove you needed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full of inspiration for the budding artist 26 Jan 2013
By Rachou
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This book is a perfect companion to people embarking on a creative journey and great encouragement for those already on it. I found it extremely well written and Marisa is just full of common sense advice to nudge you in the right direction when you're feeling doubtful (and when you're not). The book is also full of Marisa's beautiful artwork. Definitely a book worth buying and as soon as I closed it, I turned straight back to page 1!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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This is a must for all artists, writers and those who not only create as a hobby but as a professional. The book takes you step-by-step through the necessities it takes to create and conjure your own inspiration, how to cope with resistance, and it also has some common-sense wisdom that regardless of your life situation is helpful to anyone, artists, creators and people alike. This really made me smile, as a professional writer myself, this book has been the find of my year so far! Brilliantly done Marisa!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Book on Creativity! 22 Dec 2012
By Little Red Bird - Published on Amazon.com
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This is my new favorite book on creativity. It is treat for the eye, mind and soul. I read this book slowly over a hot cup of coffee every morning for a week, and when I finished I felt like I was ready to take my creative business to new heights. Marisa writes like a best friend who cheers you on and truly understands what it takes to be a thriving artist -- because she actually is one. If the words of advice and encouragement are not enough, the book is filled with incredibly beautiful images that a treat with every turned page. Buy this book if you are a creative person. Buy it to fulfill your dreams and share with your friends. A great find!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking for Inspiration? Read Creative Thursday ANY day of the week. 9 May 2013
By L. M. Gillespie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I started reading "Creative Thursday" on a Sunday morning, and by chapter two, "Moving Through (and Accepting) Resistance," I was struck by a simple piece of advice Marisa relates on pg. 19: "There are days when I literally have to take my arm and gently push away piles of papers on my desk...grab my (supplies)to start painting before I even take my morning shower, pour a cup of coffee, have breakfast, check an e-mail, make a bed, or speak to anybody. Sometimes I must decide to paint first. And that's all there is to it..."

I actually got out of bed, grabbed my pastels, and started a project that I had been procrastinating on for months. I finished it in FOUR days (usually pastel portraits take me months to complete due to second-guessing myself, getting too critical, etc. - she addresses all that too, btw) The idea that I didn't have to follow my usual morning routine and instead look at all hours of the day as possible creativity time was a TOTAL paradigm shift.

Marisa's simple observations, advice, and willingness to share her experiences (both struggles and triumphs) combine powerfully into a very persuasive, yet reasonable argument for making creativity part of your life. And not just your art/writing/whatever your medium, but your THINKING. How are you sabotaging your expression with self-judgment? She shares ways that she's softened the voice of her inner critic. How are you sabotaging your work with procrastination? Simple statements like the one above can cause seismic changes in how your view your routines.

"Creative Thursday" also goes into how to stay inspired, step outside your comfort zone, setting time limits, leveraging your creativity, and a host of other valuable pieces of advice. Looking for inspiration? Buy this book!

Then get out of bed and start creating, damn it! You DO have it in you!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this wonderful book 28 Feb 2013
By Dale R Thoma - Published on Amazon.com
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I absolutely love this book and have read it front to back and reread many parts of it. Marisa Anne is a delightful writer with her funny and wonderful comments; one feels like Marisa is right there telling you about her day and her art and how it all comes together. Her art is truly a delight; such creative characters with great personalities. Thank you Marisa Anne for such a delightful and fun book!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Encouraging book 10 Mar 2013
By Helen Vorace - Published on Amazon.com
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Bought this book to get some encouragement into establishing a routine in my creative life and it worked. It got me started!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ready to step into my creative life 19 July 2013
By neet76 - Published on Amazon.com
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I think Marisa Anne wrote this book especially for me. No, really........I do. She answers all the little doubts, fears and questions I have about whether I am worthy of living my dream of an artful life. And the answer is a resounding YES. Wonderful advice on how to make creativity a daily habit rather than seeing it as a luxury that I have to squeeze in if there's time. Soul stirring and encouraging; this book is a gift for creatives. After reading the kindle edition I've ordered a print version too. I want to hold this book with me as I set off on my artful life. I know it will be read and reread countless times along the journey.
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