8 wonderfully creative adult activity books

Keri Smith is the author of several books about creativity including the bestselling Wreck this Journal. This book is so successful that it now exists as an iPad app.

If you google Wreck this journal, you will see the creative results of people wrecking the journal…

As a fan, I suggest you get the boxed set of Wreck this Journal, This is not a Book and Mess. Just so that you can keep busy and be creative for a long time.

Buy the journal and join her Flickr pool as well.


Walls Notebook is a notebook / sketchbook that features 80 pictures of “clean” NYC walls instead of blank pages. Write, draw, paste, or doodle on these inspirational backdrops. You’ll be one step closer to being the street artist you’ve always wanted to be … minus the jail time.

The brainchild of NYC-based photographer and designer Sherwood Forlee, Walls Notebook is an absolute treat.


When in boring meetings, do you scribble on your notepad?

In the excellent and fun Do you doodle? book, the reader is prompted to complete pictures, requiring them to use their own imagination. Like in Wreck the journal, users are free to fill the empty page with their own creativity. They can use colors, or just a pencil to “doodle”.

We suggest you copy a few pages and bring them to your next meeting. There is also The Art Doodle Book if you prefer to go artsy. Or you can just go ahead and doodle online.

If you want to know more about the children’s book author, Nikalas Catlow, check out this video.


Creative is a verbIf you don’t know Patti Digh yet, it’s high time to meet her. I got to know her through her book Life is a Verb, 37 Days to Wake Up, Be Mindful, and Live Intentionally which made me sing with life and the possibilities we all have for transformation and awareness.

So when her new book Creative Is a Verb: If You’re Alive, You’re Creative came out, I knew I had to get it. It’s full of little  thoughtprovoking bits and pieces as well as creative sparks to get the right side of your brain going.

Patti also organises a Creative is a Verb retreat in Asheville in a beautiful Lodge where I have been to a retreat – it’s a retreat treat really :-)


I initially bought Draw with Joan Miro for my kids to introduce them to a famous artist they could relate to and like, drawing-wise.
But it’s such a nice book and Miro’s painting are so joyful and easy that I can only recommend it for adults as well.

There is an online game to try your Miro hand as well.


Every creative person has probably heard of Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way.

I find it a great inspiration, but am struggling with her Morning Pages. I much prefer a hands on kit which allows me to find a ritual around my creativity.

Now, I am not your daily incense burning chick, but I love the 75 cards that give creative tasks which you can then execute in the journal.


Drawing for the Artistically Undiscovered is a playful book but it actually does teach you how to draw with a Gung-Ho approach. Instead of scaring you with a white page, thy give you a head start by starting a drawing or picture and telling you what you should do or add.


The Creative License: giving yourself permission to be the artist you truly are has been on my shelf for a long time. I pick it up regularly to look at it, browse and get inspired.

The author offers readers a program for reconnecting to their creative energies, using drawing as an example. He gently instructs us in the art of allowing ourselves to fail, giving up the expectation of perfection and opening our eyes to the beauty around us. The result is the permission to express ourselves fully and take part in the creative process without fear. Artist or not, readers of all stripes will find inspiration in this unique and beautiful book.

Enjoy being creative!

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