Creativity & Inspiration

Articles to inspire your creativity and self-expression.

At Paperblanks we love books and movies; so we asked our staff what their favourite bookshops on screen are.  In this blog series we’ll show you the bookshops we found in some of our favourite movies. You’ve Got Mail is...
Have you ever met anyone who so captivated you that you could declare them the "most impressive person you'd ever encountered"? Herman Melville, author of the great American novel Moby Dick, described such an encounter in the diary entry excerpted...
Our Peek Inside… series takes a look inside peoples’ personal journals to celebrate their creativity and inspire others. Message us at facebook@hartleyandmarks.com if you have a project that you would like to be featured. This month we asked French web...
I don't know what first inspired me to create, I've always been doing it. But there was a moment that made me realize I had the drive that is necessary to be a full-time artist.
Darwin forever changed the way we perceive both nature and ourselves. Below we have an excerpt - a single page - from one of his famed research notebooks. (Of possible interest to Darwin-notebook enthusiasts: Paperblanks has created a journal...
An author’s mind map or story outline can be a fascinating artifact to pour over and examine (especially if you’re a huge fan of the outlined work!). Not only can it allow you to see the story in a different light but it gives you a peak at the author’s writing process and how they were able to keep track of their story’s myriad events, characters, and timelines.
Earlier this month we hosted another Calligraphic Inscriptions event at the Huntington Bookstore & More, and today we wanted to share some photos from that event. Customers who bought Paperblanks books from the store had the opportunity of getting...
Our Peek Inside… series takes a look inside peoples’ personal journals to celebrate their creativity and inspire others. Message us at facebook@hartleyandmarks.com if you have a project that you would like to be featured. This month we talked to the...
Today's entry in our ongoing look at famous diary entries is a dark one! In the 1840's a group of pioneers who came to be known as the Donner Party found themselves trapped in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. 36...
For anyone interested in David Bowie's creative process, Rick Moody at The Rumpus got a pretty cool scoop last week. Bowie broke his silence about his remarkable new album by providing Moody with a work flow diagram of what...

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