Gifts for Artists | Creative Self-Exploration

Last month, I shared with you a collection of inspiring creativity jump-start books and now I’m back with more fun ideas for the artist on your gift list—this time with a list of creativity books that foster self-exploration. As we approach the coming of a new year, many people become exceptionally introspective and I think you’ll find these books perfect for anyone searching to find more personal meaning in her life—for the days of 2013 and beyond.

Discover the perfect creative gift to give (to yourself or someone else) with this “Gifts for Artists | Creative Self-Exploration” edition.” And, we’re not out of ideas yet! Stay tuned for more awesome lists from the editors of

1. Desire to Inspire: Using Creative Passion to Transform the World by Christine Mason Miller

This book truly inspired me personally to work through the exercises, take stock in what my core values were and realize my own unique way to make a difference in the world. But don’t just take my word for it, read what other people have to say about this book on Christine’s site.



2. Inner Excavation: Explore Your Self Through Photography, Poetry and Mixed Media by Liz Lamoreux

As the wise soul behind the nurturing be present retreats, as well as someone who knows her poetry to her core, Liz knows a thing or two about digging deeply. This book helps you tap into the whispers in your heart and shows you how to bring words and art together to create true “self-portrait expression.”



3. Creative Awakenings: Envisioning the Life of Your Dreams Through Art by Sheri Gaynor.

Creativity coach, Sheri Gaynor is one of the most passionate people I know when it comes to helping people creatively find their purpose and I dare say that intention setting is Sheri’s favorite tool in the box. This book is full of self-exploration projects—all of which you can do in your art journal—to help you answer your creative calling and realize your secret aspirations.



4. Art Saves: Stories, Inspiration and Prompts Sharing the Power of Art by Jenny Doh.

You probably are familiar with the juicy inspiration Jenny offers us regularly over at, but did you know that she also really knows how to pull together a group of artists who want to give our world beauty, meaning, spiritual richness, strengthened community and more? This book not only offers inspiring examples of twenty great artists and their great way of making a difference, it also gives you many ideas for giving back yourself, which I see as icing on the cupcake.


5. Taking Flight: Inspiration and Techniques to Give Your Creative Spirit Wings by Kelly Rae Roberts.

This is the book that started possibilitarian Kelly Rae on her own creative flying journey. This classic North Light book has helped thousands of budding artists spread their wings and bravely step into a place of creativity that honors you as you are right here and now. Full of both mixed-media techniques as well as self-exploring journal exercises, this is the perfect gift for the artist on your list that is in need of just a little loving nudge to take off.



For even more great gift ideas for the artist on your list, see these other suggestions and be sure to bookmark and check in regularly for daily specials and sales on books and art supplies.

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