practical creativity

MBTI + strengths and weaknesses
  • ISFJ: + very supportive, enthusiastic, loyal, hardworking, patient, observant, reliable, practical
  • - shy, overload themselves, take things too personally, hate change, altruistic, repress their emotions
  • ENTP: + knowledgeable, quick-thinkers, original, excellent brain-stormers, energetic, charismatic
  • - very argumentative, intolerant, can find it difficult to focus, impractical, insensitive
  • INFP: + idealistic, seek harmony, open-minded, flexible, very creative, passionate, energetic, dedicated
  • - set standards too high, too altruistic, impractical, dislike dealing with data, take things too personally, very private
  • ESTJ: + dedicated, orderly, organized, loyal, patient, reliable, strong-willed, honest, direct
  • - inflexible, judgmental, uptight, worried, selfish, wary to change
  • ISTP: + optimistic, energetic, level-headed, creative, practical, relaxed, rational, mildly spontaneous
  • - stubborn, reserved, very private, easily bored, insensitive, risk-takers, hate commitment
  • ENFJ: + tolerable, reliable, charismatic, altruistic, natural leaders
  • - overly idealistic, too selfless, too sensitive, indecisive, fluctuating self-esteem
  • INTJ: + strategic, quick-thinkers, self-confident, decisive, hardworking, determined, open-minded, knowledgeable
  • - arrogant, judgmental, too analytic, hate structure, clueless in romance
  • ESFP: + bold, original, observant, sense of beauty, practical, excellent people skills
  • - have difficulty focusing, very sensitive, poor planners, always seek excitement, academically challenged, loathe conflict
  • ISFP: + sensitive, observant, charming, open-minded, artistic, curious, imaginative, passionate
  • - low self-esteem, easily stressed, academically challenged, competitive, unpredictable, fiercely independent
  • ENTJ: + efficient, energetic, inspiring, self-confident, strong-willed, strategic thinker, charismatic
  • - stubborn, intolerant, impatient, arrogant, bad with emotions, cold, ruthless
  • INFJ: + creative, insightful, inspiring, convicting, decisive, determined, passionate, altruistic
  • - very sensitive, overly private, perfectionists, impatient, always need a cause
  • ESTP: + bold, honest, perceptive, original, rational, practical, good people skills, direct
  • - rule breakers, risk-takers, academically challenged, insensitive, impatient, miss the big picture
  • ISTJ: + knowledgeable, strong-willed, responsible, dutiful, calm, direct, orderly, practical, honest
  • - stubborn, insensitive, judgmental, always by the book, blame themselves
  • ENFP: + curious, observant, energetic, enthusiastic, very friendly, good communicators, can relax
  • - impractical, bad at focusing, over-think things, easily stressed, highly emotional
  • INTP: + great analysts, imaginative, original, open-minded, direct, enthusiastic, objective, honest
  • - private, withdrawn, insensitive, absent-minded, condescending, hate rules, second guessers
  • ESFJ: + looks for win/win situations, loyal, sensitive, warm, practical, can connect with people
  • - egotistical, inflexible, unwilling to improvise, very vulnerable to critisism, too selfless, very needy

Top 10 Lines in Palmistry.

Palmistry is an art of reading the hands. It is believed that everyone in this world has a destiny, which can be determined by analyzing the lines, rings and mounts on one’s hand. Out of these, lines and rings on the hand of a person are more important in context with palmistry-

1. Life Line
Life line is obviously the most important line that can be found on the hand. By analysing it, one can determine how long will the bearer live and the ups and downs that he will face in his life.  It starts below the mount of Jupiter (below index figure) and passes through the mount of Venus.

2. Head Line
Brain is considered to be one of the most important organs of the body and line of head could tell how intelligent is the bearer of the line of head is expected to be. A long and straight line reflects a practical man whereas a curvy line of head means that the person is more creative than practical. It starts below mount of Jupiter and passes straight dividing the palm.

3. Heart Line
Line of Heart is situated above the Line of Head and it determines the emotional level of a person. A short line indicates possibility of a heart attack and a complete absence of Line of Heart means that the person has no emotions in him and is likely to be of a criminal nature.

4. Fate Line
The line of fate determines the fortune of a person. A straight and unbroken line of fate means that the person will be lucky in this life while a broken line of fate means that the person is likely to see lots of misfortunes during his life.

5. Sun Line
Line of sun in situated below the ring finger. It determines the amount of success that a person is likely to attain in his life. A strong line of sun is considered a sign of a successful person.

6. Health Line
Line of health is situated below the mount of mercury (under the little finger). It can determine the health of a person and generally, it is considered as a good sign, if this line is light or is not present at all; such a person is expected to live a healthy and ailment free life.

7. Marriage Line
It is a small line situated just above the line of heart at the corner of the mount of mercury. One can have one of more line of marriage. The stronger lines represent marriage relationship while the lighter ones reflect affairs. An absence of line of marriage would mean that the person will not get married in this life.

8. Ring of Saturn
It is in shape of a half moon and it surrounds the middle finger. The person, who has such a ring, is expected to be of a very serious nature and someone who likes to live alone. Generally, it is not considered a good sign to have such a ring on the hand.

9. Ring of Venus
This ring starts from the middle of little finger and ring finger and end in the mid of index finger and middle finger. The bearer of such a ring is likely to be extravagant and is expected to lose his fortune due to this habit.

10. Ring of Sun
This ring occupies position below the sun finger or the ring finger. Like other rings, ring of sun too is not considered to be a good sign. The bearer of such a ring is expected to be too proud and egoist in nature.

10 drawing prompts to help you sketch outside the box.

1) Self portrait:  In a mirror with a washable pen, trace the lines of your face (on your face), or of one particular part (an eye, your mouth, etc.) Take note of things that you discover: the placement of under-eye bags, the curves in your nose, the line of your jaw. Recreate the line-art on paper. 

2) Poses and Posture: Draw stick figures in a variety of positions- dancing, jumping, leaning backwards, sitting forwards, etc. gradually fill in the bodies of these figures using a wooden model or online guide. It’s helpful to draw a line down the centre of your figures that runs through the nose, sternum, and pelvis. If your figure is twisted or bent, the line should be too. 

3) Doodle: Draw the silhouette of something you’re good at drawing. Then, draw the biggest circle that you can without going outside the lines of that silhouette. In the remaining space around the circle, draw the biggest circles that you can. Attempt to fill the entire space with circles. Each new circle creates room for several smaller ones, and eventually you will have spaces that are too small for new circles ( using a fineliner will reduce but not eliminate this problem). If you like, colour in the circles and spaces according to the coloration of the thing you drew the silhouette of. 

4) Creativity: Using an online guide, make a rough sketch of the proportions of a human face. Include lines for the nose, mouth, eyes, ears, and eyebrows. Then, instead of drawing a human face, try to draw one as alien as possible while still following the proportions you have sketched. Pay attention to shading and details such as eyelashes, lip-wrinkles, and facial blemishes. 

5) Hands: Go through a few magazines and cut out pictures of hands in as many different positions as possible to glue into your sketchbook. Using a pencil or erasable pen, trace over the key features of each hand. Pay close attention to the width of the hand, the length, and its connection to the wrist. Try to recreate these hands beside the pictures. Don’t focus on detail, instead, focus on making the position of the hand look as natural and fluid as possible.  

6) Perspective: with a pencil, draw a large square with a dot in the centre. Draw lines between the corners of the square, crossing over the dot in the centre. Attempt to draw the room you are sitting in by first drawing the largest objects, and later filling in details. Use the lines as guidelines for perspective: things closer to the dot will be further away, things closer to the edges of the square will be closest to you. An object that starts close and gets further away will seem like it is being ‘pulled’ into the centre by the dot, and will have lines of the same angles as those you have drawn. 

7) Animals: If you have a pet, try to sketch it as quickly as possible. Focus on forms and shapes, not on detail. When it moves, sketch its new position over top of the old one. If it moves to the right, sketch it again to the right. Allow your sketches to overlap. If you do not have a pet, this would be a great excuse to watch cute cat videos on youtube. 

8) Memory: It’s dangerous to rely on memory when drawing, especially if you haven’t trained your memory to recall forms and shapes before details. Generally, what we remember most about a scene is what we see as the most unusual. This is why some people are good at drawing eyes, but unable to draw the rest of the face. For this exercise, find a photograph you like in a magazine or newspaper, and give yourself 30 seconds to study it. Try to see shapes, not objects. Instead of seeing a cup, remember the shape of the cup and its position relevant to other objects. Then, try recreate the photograph from memory. This may take several tries, don’t be afraid to ‘cheat’ if you get stuck. 

9) Abstract: allow yourself to be filled with a specific emotion. Focus on that emotion, think about how it feels, the physical effect it has on your body. Try to draw that emotion coming out of you. It may be helpful to start by drawing a self-portrait of your facial expression while feeling the emotion, and letting yourself get carried away as you draw the components of your face that are most altered by that expression. Don’t try to preserve the first things you sketch, let them be covered and obscured as you add more details. 

10) Practice: It’s always good to practice drawing objects, I find it most helpful to draw from photographs. Dedicate a page in your book to drawing objects that you feel represent you, or are otherwise close to your heart/ identity. Like music? Try drawing piano keys. Like fashion? Draw a few of your outfits draped over the bed. Try to fill the page with these drawings, making use of every inch of space available. 

Midheavens- Sign on the Tenth House Cusp.

Aries- Law enforcement/forces/Protecting vulnerable people/anything active that causes adrenaline.

Taurus- Finance/economics/business/gardening/conservation. Then on the other hand, anything creative such as writing/art.

Gemini-  Creativity/Humour/Languages/Communications/Media/Journalism.

Cancer-  Healing/psychology/creativity/vulnerable people/children.

Leo-  Could go into entertainment, theatre, working with vulnerable people, law, humanitarianism.

Virgo- Any serving job/healthcare/assisting/something where patience and care is needed.

Libra- Law/mediating/communications/creativity/aesthetics.

Scorpio- Psychology/Criminology/researcher/journalism/therapy.

Sagittarius- Teaching/Comedy/philosophy/science/researcher.

Capricorn- Business/economics/politics/finance/collective causes.

Aquarius-  Science, engineering, philosophy, politics, humanitarianism, law, yet they can also seek unusual status paths in life.

Pisces-  Metaphysical/healing/spiritual practices. Or anything creative actually.

“Music was always like a beautiful fog around me. I’m very susceptible to music. Anyone who has been out to dinner with me, been out in public with me, will tell you how distracting music can be for me. It blocks out all other input. In a way, the band blocked out all this input for me for a long time. It made it very hard for me to be able to focus on other things, like reading books.”

Today on The Creative Independent, musician and visual artist Michael Stipe, best known as the lead singer of R.E.M., discusses the evolution of his creative practices, the importance of always moving forward, and the relative benefits of being a wildly hyperactive lazy person. Read the interview here.

Michael Stipe. Installation, 39 Great Jones Street, 2017.

Summer Snow

Pairing: Castiel x Winter fairy!Reader

Warning: Fluff. (I know…)

Word Count: 1,805

A creative writing practice piece. It’s different from what I normally write, but I’ve had snow on the brain. I’ve also been drowning myself in fantasy novels lately so there’s that…


Castiel walked through the snowy embankment and kept his eyes on the frozen landscape as he searched for signs of life. The afternoon sun was tucked away behind a sheet of thick, gray clouds that stretched across the length of the sky. The air was still as he continued on his path, looking, watching, waiting. His dress shoes sank into the freshly fallen snow and tracked footsteps that trailed for miles through the forest.

Time didn’t matter here.

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I know this photo is shit quality and it isn’t perfect yet, but I just want to show you that even though drawing is often boring and hard, your hard work will pay off, trust me.

It sucks to practice anatomy, or a style that you seem to keep failing at, I know, but by never pushing yourself you’ll never get better at it. Most of the times I just really want to quit and just throw it all in a trashcan. When a drawing seems to be cursed, you know that you have to practice more and push through.

Btw I hated portrets and realistic drawings really hard because I sucked at them, so that’s what I kept working on and voilà.

I’ve been drawing for almost two years now and this is the progress I’ve made so far. 

Don’t give up.

Oh, and save your old drawings somewhere, it’s amazing to compare your recent drawings to your older ones :)

Zodiac Relationship Masterpost

Research and compilation by Mod Ink


Aries: Daring, Proud, Energetic, Impatient, Optimistic

Taurus: Practical, Ambitious, Perfectionists, Reliable, Stubborn

Gemini: Serious, Social, Thoughtful, Difficult, Confusing

Cancer: Moody, Pessimistic, Generous, Creative, Loyal

Leo: Courageous, Loyal, Passionate, Bold, Proud

Virgo: Smart, Modest, Practical, Perfectionist, Petty

Libra: Charming, Funny, Romantic, Complainer, Indecisive 

Scorpio: Intense, Passionate, Judging, Strong, Jealous

Sagittarius: Energetic, Curious, Fun, Impatient, Careless

Capricorn: Determined, Practical, Ambitious, Stubborn, Egotistic

Aquarius: Creative, Frank, Detached, Just, Curious

Pisces: Faithful, Generous, Sensitive, Spiteful, Careless



Gemini. Aries and Gemini are very similar, and will enjoy having debates with eachother. They go great together, but Aries and Gemini have some negative traits that the other will have to put up with. Aries are too optimistic, and Geminis are difficult, for example. Overall, this relationship is a very good match.


Virgo. Taurus and Virgos are both Perfectionists, and practical. Their relationship will be built upon trust. Something negative is Virgos can be petty and Taurus can be stubborn, which opposites signs find very annoying.


Libra. Geminis and Libras go together extremely well! They both are social butterflies and usually won’t have any trouble getting to know eachother! A negative trait that would get in the way is that Libras like to complain and Geminis can be extremely difficult at times!


Cancer. Two Cancers will fit perfectly together! They’re both sensitive and appeal to one another! They can always count on eachother when they need to rant or just talk about a bad day! A negative trait, is that they are both moody and sometimes they will say things they don’t mean.


Aries. These two signs share so many traits in common! They would be like a power couple. Their positive traits are both very ambitious and adventurous which is good because both signs want someone they can share an adventure with. Something negative is that they are both very proud signs, which can lead to problems with disagreements, so overall I rate them a 8/10.


Taurus. (Refer to Taurus’s section above)


Aquarius. Libra and Aquarius go together like two peas in a pod! They both usually share the same sense of humour, and there will be LOTS of inside jokes between them! A bad thing though, is that Libras can be indescisive and Aquarians will be patient with them, but Aquarians can also be blunt, which the Libras will not like.


Cancer. Scorpios and Cancers are a very good match due to the fact that they are different but not complete opposites. They complement each other’s traits wonderfully. Something negative is that scorpios can be jealous and Cancers can be moody, which neither of them like.


Aries. Sagittarians and Aries are both fun-loving and energetic! They both aren’t afraid to speak their mind (though this can lead to conflict) and would be a very exciting relationship! Negative traits that will get in the way is that they are both impatient. But if it’s really love, that shouldn’t stop them!


Taurus. Both signs are ambitious and practical which is good, because they won’t have much trouble which a home life. Something negative is that they are both stubborn, which will lead to intense disagreements.


Gemini. Aquarius and Gemini get along very well! It’s almost like they share some sort of emotional connection, right from the start! They will both have contradictory talents, which is a good thing! Negative traits that will get in the way of their relationship are the Gemini’s tendency to be difficult and confusing, and the Aquarian’s tendency to be detached and frank.


Cancer. Pisces and Cancers are both caring and loving. The Pisces will stay with the Cancer even at their worst, and the Cancer will still love the Pisces if they mess up. A bad trait is that they are both sensitive, be it good or bad, and they can sometimes unintentionally (or intentionally) hurt eachother’s feelings. Overall, this relationship is very sweet.



Libra. Aries and Libras are usually both social butterflies, and they’d have a lot of inside jokes and other things they experience together!


Taurus. Taurus like someone who can think like them, and who better than their own sign? They’ll get along swimmingly, and sometimes know what the other is thinking.


Aquarius.  Aquarians and Geminis would make great friends, they’d get along perfectly, as they both think alike.


Pisces. Cancers and Pisces would be a great platonic pair, as they think similarly but not too alike. They’ve both got traits the other sign needs in their life.


Libra. Leo’s need someone who they can talk to, and Libras are expert listeners and are great at giving advice!


Leo. Virgos need someone who’s not afraid to try new things, but they also need someone similar enough to them, making these two a great friend pair.


Aquarius. Aquarians and Libras are both similar, and like holding good conversations, so they’ll never run out of things to talk about, creating a great friendship.


Libra. Scorpios like someone who is friendly, but can stand up for someone when needed. They also need someone who will be there for them when they need them, resulting in a great friendship.


Aries. Aries and Sagittarius are both adventurous and not afraid of risks! They’d be a spontaneous pair, and have never ending fun!


Cancer. Capricorns need someone who will think before speaking, and Cancers are usually careful when it comes to words. They both need someone they can rant to as well, and they’ll usually agree with eachother.


Gemini. (See Gemini’s section)


Leo. Pisces need someone loyal who can push them out of their comfort zone but also know when to stop. These two would be a great pair!


Aries and Cancers: Aries find Cancers to be too moody at times.

Taurus and Sagittarius: They have differing opinions and will stand up for them.

Gemini and Capricorn: These signs usually just don’t click.

Cancers and Aquarians: Very different, but that can be a good thing sometimes. 

Leo and Scorpio: Both signs like to be in control, which will cause problems.

Virgo and Sagittarius: They both would disagree a lot.

Libra and Virgo: They can’t think on the same level.

Scorpio and Aries: Both signs are very competitive and would try to out-do eachother.

Sagittarius and Taurus: (See Taurus section) 

Capricorn and Aquarius: Their opinions differ too much. 

Aquarius and Cancer: (See Cancer section)

Pisces and Virgo: These two signs have a lot of differing opinions, and it would be hard to agree on things. 

Any questions? Sign pair you want to know about not here? Ask! 

Self-Care & Helpful Tips for ISTP “The Mechanic”

Functions: Ti-Se-Ni-Fe


  • Optimistic & energetic
  • Creative & practical
  • Spontaneous & rational
  • Know how to prioritize
  • Great in a crisis
  • Relaxed


  • Stubborn
  • Insensitive
  • Private & reserved
  • Easily bored
  • Dislike commitment
  • Risky behavior

Turn-on = Openness

Turn-off = Clingy-behavior

What stresses ISTP out

  • Tight restrictions and a rigid structure.
  • Being in controlling relationships.
  • Dealing with irrational people.
  • Having to use theoretical or intuitive concepts for a prolonged period.
  • Being in an emotionally charged environment.
  • Lack of alone time. Too much extraverting.
  • Being in a non-challenging work environment.
  • Doing repetitive, mundane tasks.
  • Not having their personal values respected or validated.

How to help an ISTP experiencing stress

  • Give them alone time and space.
  • Excuse them from some of their responsibilities.
  • Let them “get away” from everything.
  • Don’t ask how they feel.
  • Encourage them to exercise.
  • Let them read a mystery novel or do something that engages light problem solving.
  • Forgive their out-of-character behavior.

How ISTP handle Grief

  • Get away from people
  • Keep themselves busy
  • Note: Hate being asked “Are you ok?”

How ISTP handle Guilt

  • Accept their failures
  • Find ways to logically make-up for it

What ISTP are like when Sad

  • Distract themselves from the feelings
  • Look to be active & have fun to cope

What ISTP need after a Bad Day

  • Fun options to do (if they want) then be left alone

What ISTP do when Angry

  • Ignores the actual person they’re mad at and engages in a sensory experience that takes their mind off the issue (I.e. Drinking, fighting, exercising).

What ISTP Should do Instead

  • Find a healthy physical outlet for their anger (I.e. exercise) and then find a solution to the problem that initially angered them.

What ISTP Struggle with

  • Being sensitive

What ISTP are Hard on themselves for…

  • Logically understand that no one is perfect, including themselves, and that’s ok

ISTP’s Purpose in Life is

  • Fix what is broken

What ISTP need to know

  • Sometimes you need to break out of your own head and pay attention to the people around you. Don’t let others feel alienated because your thoughts are so damn interesting.

What ISTP should never forget

  • You teach us how things work when we are incapable of understanding. Thank you for being willing to teach us what you understand with ease.