Outside The Box Creation

  • Painting of Leaves Found in the Forest

    How About an Artist Date Just for You?

    Julia Cameron’s book, The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, was first published in 1992 and is still amazingly popular. The book leads readers through a 12-week program of exercises, habits and experiences to help get in touch with her creative self. There are several activities that I found very helpful in nurturing …

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  • Artwork done by a child at the prison

    Being Socially Conscious is Baked, Glued, and Painted into Our Mission!

    From the very beginning, starting the business with just the Kids’ Boxes,  I was painfully aware that there were so many kids in the world without parents who could or would purchase our art experiences for them. Our middle son has been acting since he was four years old. He had the opportunity to be …

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  • Watercolor Painting from Sky Color Box

    How To Talk To Your Child (Or Anyone) About Her Art

    When your child shows you a picture she has just drawn and you can’t tell what the heck it is supposed to be, don’t ask her “What is it?” Although that may be the question that is top of mind for you at that moment, there is good reason to hold back and ask her …

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  • Zen Drawing

    How Markers & Paper Got My Sister Through Hospice

    If you have ever sat with a loved one during her final days, you know that it is a gut wrenching, emotional, life changing experience. My Dad passed away suddenly a few years ago. He was in amazing physical and mental shape and was my Mom’s sole caregiver. Seven months later, my Mom, with congestive …

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  • "Street Art" using stencils and blow pens

    Indoor Icky Weather Fun

    We’re in the final, seemingly interminable, stretch of winter weather. In Seattle, we have as many names for rain as Alaskans have for snow. Parents are all looking for engaging indoor activities right now. Frankly, I don’t even really want my dogs to go outside because they get all wet and dirty and leave a …

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  • Hearts Mono Print

    Why I love Valentine’s Day

    I LOVE Valentine’s Day and probably not for the reasons you think. It’s not for the commercialization, red roses from my husband or romantic evenings, although those are lovely. I love it because it gives me a chance to be creative in ways to show my love for family and friends and no one really …

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  • Parents & kids doing arts & crafts together

    What If Your Child Doesn’t Like to Do Art?

    I have found that it is often difficult to sit down with a child, lay out some art supplies and expect the child to fully engage unless he is one of those kids who naturally gravitates towards drawing and painting. So what can you do if you want to expose your kids to art and …

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  • Another Watercolor made from our box

    6 Things You Can Do Right Now to Lift Your Spirits With Art

    After the recent suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, depression has become a hot topic. I’d like to offer some tips on how to use art as a way to combat depression and lift your spirits. Please know that I am not in any way claiming that art is a substitute for medical treatment! Anyone …

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  • Outside the Box Creation the greats weren't great

    Building Your Creative Muscles

    What is the first thing you think of when someone asks if you are creative? Many of you probably think,  “Me? I’m not creative!” How old were you when you first began to feel that way? Did someone tell you that you were not creative or did society’s love of coloring inside the lines just …

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  • Messy hands, little guilty surrender with hands up

    The Trouble With Arts & Craft Kits

    You can find arts & craft kits, and now science and STEM kits, all over the place these days. When my kids were younger, I purchased all types of kits for them and was invariably disappointed. Here are my beefs. Perhaps they will help you decide which products to buy when shopping for kits for …

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