This weeks' editor:

Welcome to Sort of Nothing Like A Book Club, the newsletter from Creative CoLab.

Every October the Big Draw Festival is celebrated all over the world. Made up of creative events, activities and workshops the festival promotes drawing as a tool for learning, expression, and invention. 
For this edition, I've been looking at the benefits of the drawing for everyone. 

Read on to find out more...
Getting back to the drawing board - Simple ways to unleash your creativity

Over on the blog I've been looking at drawing and the benefits it can have. I look at colouring books, bullet journals and mindful drawing as tools to unleash creativity and increase wellbeing. 
National Portrait Gallery - Mindful Drawing
The National Portrait Gallery has put together 5 mindful drawing activities. These artist-led videos are also accompanied by a downloadable PDF that you can use as a worksheet to complete your drawing. 

How drawing helps you think
In this talk, Ralph Ammer explores how drawing your thoughts can be a powerful tool for improving your thinking, creativity and communication. 

How to Combine Drawing and Writing into Deeply Personal Art Journals
This article looks at art journals. It explores this visual diary that combines writing, drawing, painting and collage to express yourself. It gives you helpful tips to get started and how beneficial it can be.

10 Great Health Benefits Of Painting And Drawing
This article looks at the key ways that creating art can improve skills and health. It touches on improved communication, memory, problem-solving and its use as a tool to reduce stress and explore emotions. 

The Modern Trap of Turning Hobbies into Hustles
This article looks at the pressure to monetize hobbies and creative practices we do for joy. It explores the phrase "Do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life" and how there is an expectation that if we are good at something, we should sell it. 
And Lastly...

As adults we often leave many of our hobbies behind, whether that is music, art, crafting or sports. There is also often pressure to be amazing at these skills or to monetize them. However, hobbies are so important for enjoyment and fun! 

If you have any thoughts you'd like to share about what we've touched upon in this issue we'd love for you to get in touch.
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