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Destination: Creation Station

I found the ultimate place for an Artist Date. Well, actually, I didn’t find it — my friend Kerry took me there first. It’s called Creation Station and it’s absolutely the best spot to get inspired with random stuff. I wish all of you lived nearby so we could go play in the bulk bins! They have the strangest collection of objects — from tubs of glass dolphins to discarded wallpaper sample books to rubber doodads — just begging to be made into something fun.

My new apartment has an amazing patio that I’ve turned from a concrete crap heap into a vibrant sanctuary and retreat, overflowing with jasmine vines and pink grass and passionflowers. It was begging for a mosaic, so I ventured to Creation Station to see what I could drum up.

I bought an enormous jug of broken glass pieces, tumbled to hazy perfection. I originally didn’t plan on a particular design, but when I poured them out on my kitchen table, a smiling sunshine leaped out at me.

My receipt lists the following purchases, frameworthy on its own:

  • Assorted Glass Things
  • Various Wood Things
  • Wood/Glass/Stone Tiles
  • Various and Sundry Tubes

The wallpaper books are perfect for art journaling backgrounds and I plan to grab a couple on my next trip, along with various and sundry paints and material scraps.

Have you discovered any surprising retail gems to spark your creativity? Do tell!


  1. Kristin,
    I absolutely love this colorful post! Thanks for sharing your artist date experience and the new materials you have found. I know when I find new materials, I get inspired and enjoy writing about it in my journal.

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    Thanks again for giving us a colorful peek into your creation station!

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  2. Ooh those wallpaper sample books sounds so, so amazing. I would use it for journaling backgrounds, too, that was immediately when I thought when I first read about these. I bet some wonderful creative journal spreads will come from those wallpaper samples once you get around to going back for a couple books. 🙂