Q&A a Day for Creatives
A 4-Year Journal
by Potter Style
Published by Penguin Random House/ Potter Style
Part of Q&A a Day
Category: Personal Growth | Art
Q&A a Day for Creatives is your go-to source for inspiration, whimsy, and idea generation. Each page of this four-year journal features a compelling question designed to get you thinking drawing, and dreaming. Open the journal to today’s date and fill in the appropriate space as you see fit. (Pencil doodles? Watercolor? Musical scales?) As the journal fills year after year, you’ll own a showcase of your ever-growing creative output. http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/241513/qanda-a-day-for-creatives-by-potter-style/
Sketching provides a wellspring of ideas, and sometimes the simplest drawings are most revealing and inspirational. Following the phenomenal success of the Q&A a Day series, Q&A a Day for Creatives provides a visual prompt for every day of the year, ranging from the irreverent (“What’s your favorite condiment? Show it in action.”) to nostalgic (“What is one detail from your childhood home that you vividly recall?”) to introspective (“Think of a lie you’ve told someone. Draw the truth.”). Over a four-year period, you’ll see how your doodles change as you create a lasting keepsake of your life in art.
This chunky, portable journal makes an excellent gift for both aspiring and established artists. The wide range of prompts are appropriate for any skill level and appeal to all types of creatives.
Book provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
I just love this idea for a journal. I am a painter, but my hardest thing is being inspired enough to paint something. There’s nothing better or worse than finishing a painting. Obviously, it’s great to finish but then, shucks what to paint. It’s not a problem I ever have with books. But, while I love the feeling of manipulating pain, coming up with subjects and compositions I am excited about enough to paint them.
The first thing I remember from my first art class in school was that the teacher couldn’t tell us what to paint.
This book is a rolling journal, with dates, but no day of the week. Each page is a date with four squares and a prompt. You fill in the last two digits of the year in the square for this year. Then next year on that day you draw in another square. I guess you could write instead. I find myself combining my doodles with words.
This is great for me because I have never felt I had much to say in a journal. I would get one and the blank pages would just stare up at me. It’s not that I can’t write or draw, I just don’t know what to write or draw about.
I have hopes the Q AND A A DAY FOR CREATIVES journal will help me in my painting; maybe it will inspire my brain to come up with something to paint, or it might just get me in the habit of thinking creatively. But, I have found in the week or so since it came that I enjoy using it and look forward to each day’s square. I also feel that over time it could help with developing a style. And, it creates a practice of creativity each day.
The book has a pleasant feel, it is thickly bound and feels sturdy. The binding looks rugged. I haven’t found any issues with the paper — it accepts pencil and pens without difficulty. It might even take watercolor, but I think it would wrinkle.
I think it is a PERFECT GIFT for that person in your life who thinks they aren’t creative, or who is creative and would like to be more so.
At $17 US ($14.01 Amazon) it is a great option for holidays or birthdays. Considering it is to last four years that is a pretty good value. And, it could really make a difference to someone who could use some help with their creativity. And, Potter offers other Q & A A DAY too: Q & A A DAY For Me, Our Q & A A Day, and Q & A A DAY FOR COLLEGE (a great graduation gift). I have already decided to get this for a couple of gifts this year.