Girl, you can afford to Think Freely

Some people might let a lack of funds interrupt their creative flow but that’s not you, I know it. So all of those local art and culture institutions, parks and commons, and public spaces in your neighbourhood, they are there for the artistic taking. You don’t need money (or maybe you need just enough to pay bus fare to get you there) – otherwise, all you need is some determination, a sheet of paper, and maybe a pencil to get started.

Sketching at the V & A, London.

So skint you’re staying in for the night? If you’re reading this, clearly you have access to the Internet so don’t forget about YouTube! Wikipedia! Google Street View! All your friends, all access, all the time.

Ok so you’ve finally left the house – find out your local library hours, get yourself a library card and sketch from their collection of books and periodicals.

The point is, there are always ways around limitations – just so you know, I made this Ransom Note by clipping letters out of free magazines like TimeOut, Shortlist, and ES Magazine, every single one given away in train and tube stations.

Still confused about what you’re doing here? Read this…

youR TuRn to DraW!

  • Pick a museum/gallery in your town and get there tout-de-suite with a sketchbook and pencils. Tate Britain’s regular collection is free and they often have an easel, pencils, and paper for visitors to sketch within the 1840s room as well as the Turner gallery. No excuses!

    Tate Britain
  • Parks and commons for = all sorts of dogs and birds as well as landscapes, botanical studies, and “leaf prints”
  • If you don’t feel like drawing but still want some creative inspiration, Sculpture in the City is a free annual public art exhibition in City of London – and a fun afternoon arty “scavenger hunt”.
  • Train stations, cafés, shopping centres, and other public spaces are great places to camp out to observe people coming and going. Just make sure they can’t see you sketching (some people get funny about being observed by an artist). This woman has no idea I’m behind her armed with a pen.
  • Not leaving the house today? Get on YouTube for free drawing lessons! Google Street View for free travel! Wikipedia for free facts and images! Dust off your art history book and get to it.

Maybe this Ransom Note gives you a different idea? Let me know!

ShaRe the LovE

You’ve come this far, now why not

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Not only does your creativity need YOU, but here’s a surprise, the world needs your creativity, too! By sharing your response to a Ransom Note, we are building a community who will enjoy, be inspired by, and learn from each other. Who knows, maybe some of us will “find our tribe” or even make the world that tiny bit more pleasant to be in than it was 15 minutes ago!

Look up how other artists tHink frEELy

  • Maria José Arceo is a Spanish artist who lives and works in London. Her latest work is “based on the systematical study of the various ways in which human footprints manifest into water environments…and utilises discarded plastic objects collected from various locations in the Thames.”

    ‘Future Dust’, 2017, travelling installation commissioned by Totally Thames Festival. Image:
  • Judith Scott (b. 1943 – d. 2005) American artist “isolated from outside influences as a result of the impact of deafness and Down’s syndrome…” who made use of discarded materials to create sculptures that “…reflect little cultural input and are highly individualistic, reflecting Judith’s own unique personal vision”

    Work by Judith Scott. Image:
  • Pia Camill Mexican artist who often utilises found or recycled objects and “engages in public participation as a way to activate the work and engage with the politics of consumerism.”

    ‘Telón de Boca’, 2018, installation view, Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City, Mexico. Image:

What other artists or techniques can you think of? Let me know!


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