I’ve been sorely in need of motivation lately! Since my last post *ages* ago, I’ve moved to a new town, new home, new just about everything. And oh my, it’s all proved a huge distraction from my creating! It’s time to take a break from unpacking and organising and get back into the creative swing of things.

The Artling's Motivational Cube #oneMy latest preferred method of taking on board motivation is to read and collect quotes. I guess I’ve always liked doing this, but it is really so easy now that I use Pinterest. I admit it’s a bit of a risk visiting Pinterest to gain motivation because the site can be such a huge suck of time and, well, motivation too. (If you look at too many different sources of inspiration you can end up not knowing what to do!). So I try to make sure I visit with a specific goal in mind.

Pinterest also had me inspired to think of clever ways to display my latest batch of wise words. I was tempted by framing them and hanging them all in a cluster on the wall, but I find I want different quotes fairly regularly and I don’t really want to be reframing and rehanging all the time. Also I haven’t got our new home quite that ready yet. The idea of a printable cardboard cube came to me and I instantly wanted it to be share-able. You have been such good and loyal readers in spite of my erratic posts!

So here it is – The Artling’s Motivational Cube #One. It includes wisdom from Picasso, Warhol and many unknown sages. I designed the typography (something I’ve wanted to do more of for a while) and found all the quotes on Pinterest. I had a lot of fun making it.The Artling's Motivational Cube #one - print, cut, fold and stick. Picasso, Warhol and other words for creative motivation. Free printable.

Download the PDF and print it yourself. I printed mine on plain white card. It’s terribly easy to make. You simply cut on the solid lines and fold on the dotted ones. I used a bone folder to make the folds crisp but you can use the round end of a paper clip if you don’t have one, or even just use your finger. Once your folds are all done, add some double sided tape to the white tab areas and you are ready to start sticking!

I made the file A4 size as it’s the Australian standard.  You can print it on Letter or other size paper by checking the “Shrink to fit” box in your print dialogue. It is for your personal non-commercial use only.The Artling's Motivational Cube #one - print, cut, fold and stick. Picasso, Warhol and other words for creative motivation. Free printable.


For me the best thing about this cube is its ephemerality (is that a word?). When I want to change my source of motivation I’ll be able to whip up a new cube to accommodate them! (I will share any new ones with you too, of course!)

Has the motivation made a difference? Has it lead to ACTION? Dare you ask, has it lead to RESULTS? Well, yes, actually, I’m pleased to say it has. It’s all to soon to show but I’m in my new studio room and painting again. And it does feel good!

The Artling's Motivational Cube #oneAre you on Pinterest? Follow my “Words of Wisdom” board here or all my boards here. I use Pinterest for many many things, not just art. I hope you’ll find something that interests you in all my pins.