Tissue paper painting by Susan Evenson.

We stretch before running and warm up before jumping into challenging yoga postures. It also makes sense to warm up for creative time. These suggested exercises will allow you to transition from busy to calm and help you tune in to creative, open thinking.

You might find yourself doing one or two of these exercises before embarking on a project. Or maybe only one of the exercises resonates with you, and you do the same one each time. There is no right or wrong way to use the exercises, and they aren’t all art projects. But all of them are designed with a similar spirit, intending ...

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