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February 20, 2019

#93 | Just Add Color: Connecting To Your Inner Child and Making Time For Your Art with Sami Sparrow

About This Episode

“Sydney-based artist Sami Sparrow was born with a crayon in her hand. After completing her fine and visual arts degree, Sami Sparrow found her creative home at Dinosaur Designs, where her art was nurtured and refined. She has continued to pursue her passion and explore her abundant creativity across illustrations, clothing, painting, and hand-stitched drawings. Inspired by design, bold colors, graffiti, bygone eras, and pop culture, for Sami, the sky is never the limit.”

Join us for a conversation about connecting to your inner child, finding a bit of old-world glamour, and finding the courage to say yes (even when you have no idea what you are doing).

“You really need to learn to embrace what you are doing and be your own biggest cheerleader.”

Sami Sparrow has worked as a retail worker, a packager at a warehouse, and an assistant to a CEO–but through everything, she has always been an artist. Her wildly popular coloring books were created from lunchtime doodles and drawings she made for stress relief. Her drawings help adults everywhere connect to their inner child, release their pain and stress through creativity, and spread love and positivity to those they love through color.

“Once I started creating again, I fell back into myself, and the more I created, the less stressed I felt. I felt right again.”

In this episode, Sami shares the redemption she found in a bouncy house at a child’s birthday party, the power of taking the time to focus on what makes you feel confident and beautiful, the pain that can come from denying your creative, feminine essence, and the struggle of having a spouse in the military.


Sami Sparrow online
Sami on Instagram

Tools & Resources Mentioned


People/Blogs to Follow

Maggi McDonald – Maggi is an artist & surface designer based in Sydney, Australia. Art has always played a part in her life but it’s not until 3 years ago when she went back to school to study design that she rediscovered her love of painting. She decided to embrace her creative path and she now paints full time. Nature is a constant inspiration in her work and her brightly colored abstract gardens and landscapes are inspired by the natural beauty of her adopted country Australia, and South Africa where she grew up. Check out Maggi’s Girlskill Episode here.

Art Share Space by Megan on Instagram

Art Flow Co. on Instagram

Textile and Pattern Designers

Recommended Books

Women Who Run With The Wolves by Dr. Clarissa Estes – Dr. Estés uses her families’ ethnic tales, washed and rinsed in the blood of wars and survival, multicultural myths, her own lyric writing of those fairy tales, folk tales, and stories chosen from her life witness, and also research ongoing for twenty years… that help women reconnect with the healthy, instinctual, visionary attributes of the Wild Woman archetype.

Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 535 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown – Just because you don’t feel like an adult doesn’t mean you can’t act like one. And it all begins with this funny, wise, and useful book. Based on Kelly Williams Brown’s popular blog, ADULTING, makes the scary, confusing “real world” approachable, manageable–and even conquerable. This guide will help you to navigate the stormy Sea of Adulthood so that you may find safe harbor in Not Running Out of Toilet Paper Bay.

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