Tired of those pesky gremlins of self-doubt holding you back?
Sick of the same old excuses ("I don't have time," "I don't even know where to start," "I'll never be good enough,") but not sure how to get past them?
Don't you wish you could just get beyond all this gunk and get back to the creative joy you felt as a kid?
No pressure, just play.
But as an adult, in a safe space...
...where you can play freely, and work at honing your skills...
...where you're not alone, but surrounded by a supportive circle of kindreds, who model kindness and courage, and help you back up when you feel down.
I've got just the ticket!
Jump on in the Creative Sandbox!
The Creative Sandbox is my private membership community designed to clear out those "stuckness" gremlins and turn your creative taps to "permanently on."
But it's so much more than just a membership community...
I'm Melissa Dinwiddie, creativity instigator and ninja gremlin-whisperer — my super-power is creating safe environments for risk-taking, and helping you master your own gremlins of self-doubt in order to get creating.
Annual membership in the Creative Sandbox is your access to me, my community of incredible women creators, and the lessons, programs, and resources I've designed and compiled to help you play and experiment with your creative expression, while moving your life forward in all sorts of other ways, too.
Here's a Sampling of What Can Happen In the Creative Sandbox:
• (Re)Discover the joy of creative play.
• Learn to have more fun.
• Explore new creative passions.
• Become more prolific.
• Watch your dreams expand.
• Embrace your enoughness.
• Learn to treat yourself with love.
• Take bigger risks.
• Make lifelong friends.
• Watch your life go from grey to full-color!
I love the sandbox because it is a great place to be creative with other like minded people. It is easy to feel disconnected and this group makes me feel connected 24/7. A special place to meet special people. :)Omaste Witkowski, Photographer
I am enjoying the Creative Sandbox because of the vibrant community. I can honestly say two of my current creative passions, altered books and negative space, were directly inspired as a result of joining this group.Allison Culley, Mom and Apprentice Tree (sinking roots...branching out)
Here's What You Get Inside:
Fun, Loving, Supportive Community
Private online forum on Facebook for 24/7 support. The most friendly, generous women you're likely to meet!
Growing Demo Library
Got a technique you want to share? Make a video for our Demo Library! Members are contributing demos on painting techniques, crafts, and more.
Live Conversations with Guest Teachers & Leaders
I'm compiling a list of wonderful teachers & leaders to join us for periodic live gatherings. They may teach a live virtual class, or share their wisdom and expertise in a live interview, and/or hold a live Q&A.
Special Creative Projects!
Collaborate with other creators in a fun, low-pressure way. In 2016 we created a collaborative coloring book and created an collaborative art journal. What would YOU like to do together?
Live "Rally Calls" with Melissa Twice a Month
Gather in real time with people who GET YOU! Ask any questions on your mind, share what's going on, learn and laugh together!
Want to build a new creative habit, workout routine, or accomplish another goal? Create or join an accountability thread in our Facebook group! These threads WORK to keep you on track!
A Chance to Experiment In a SAFE Environment
Try new creative pursuits. Tip-toe into the waters of sharing your work (in a SAFE, loving space). Test out teaching or sharing your expertise for the first (or Nth) time! This group will LOVE YOU UP for it!
BONUS: ArtEmpowers Marketing Lessons for Artists
15 lessons on: Deprogramming the Starving Artist Myth; Selling Art Online; Marketing 101.
An opportunity to "show & tell" every month! Meet up with other members to share your work and get inspired.
Studio Work Days
Join together in real time to get stuff DONE! It's amazing how much you can accomplish when you know a group of people is expecting a report-back in a few hours!
Special Pricing on New Programs
As a Creative Sandbox Community member, you'll get members-only pricing on new programs that come along!
Special BONUS Content
As a member, you get a "backstage" view of Melissa's creative life and business that only Creative Sandbox members get to see.
Ready to Jump In?
Join me for an ongoing experiment in claiming creativity, making new friends, learning new skills and techniques, embracing imperfection, cultivating self-compassion and learning to love your work.
For a limited time...
Monthly Membership is just $39/month.
or join as an Annual Member and get 2 months free! Just $390/year.
About Melissa Dinwiddie
Passion Pluralite Artist, Happiness Catalyst & Creativity Instigator — my mission is to help you turn your creative taps to the "on" position, so you can live the full-color life you long for.
Why? Because I know only too well what it's like to be mired in stuckness.
For too long I kept my creative spirit locked up in a closet. I believed I wasn't creative, that I couldn't be an artist, a musician, a writer...
Those things (I believed) were reserved for the elite few, not for me.
Creativity is inborn in each and every one of us, as is the urge to express our creativity.
A locked-up creative spirit leads to a life of low-grade misery, depression, illness...
We need to create!
But society sends us very mixed signals about creative expression. We get the message loud and clear that:
- It's "frivolous" and "self-indulgent"
- It's only for the chosen few (i.e., not you!)
- Other things are way more important than such silliness!
That's why it's so important to have a community, a tribe, a gang of kindred spirits, to give you constant reminders and encouragement to keep on going, no matter what.
People who get you. Who get that yes, creative expression is vitally important. Who can walk arm in arm with you, cheer you on, lift you when you're down, and have your back when things go sideways.
People who will share the hard and the vulnerable, along with the wins and the shiny-happy.
That's what we do in the Creative Sandbox.
Has anyone noticed how so many people in this group are artistically focused and producing? But all of us became group members because sometime in the past we felt unfocused or stuck or unworthy to create. Then we worked with Melissa Dinwiddie and something changed. Thank you Melissa!Laureen Marchand, Artist
Invaluable and worth every penny.Jeannie Harwell, Jewelry Artist
Join the Creative Sandbox Community!
Get access to me, my community, my programs and resources, for a full year.
For a limited time, annual charter membership is just $29/month or $290/year.
When you sign up, you'll get immediate access to the Creative Sandbox membership site
and an invitation to join our private Facebook group.
Lock in charter member pricing and your price will never go up for as long as you retain your membership.
• 2 live "rally calls" with Melissa each month
• Private online community on Facebook
• Archive of "art play" video tutorials
• Studio work days each month (to GET STUFF DONE!)
• Live monthly ArtShare "show & tell" gatherings
• Members-only pricing on new programs with Melissa
• Live conversations with guest teachers & leaders
• The opportunity to participate in collaborative creative projects
BONUS: Exclusive interviews with creatives of all stripes
BONUS: 15 Marketing Lessons for Artists
What Members Say
The Creative Sandbox has helped me stay connected with other people who are also struggling with inner gremlins and finding the time to be creative. Knowing that I'm not alone has led to a small miracle: I PICKED UP A PAINTBRUSH AND STARTED PAINTING AGAIN! I would recommend the Creative Sandbox to anyone who wants to dive deeply into their own journey of self-exploration and creativity. I am so thankful for this group.Vicki Gierach, Aesthetician/Fine Artist
I love the Creative Sandbox. I was initially hesitant to join, fearful that the “comparison trap” would just add to the gremlin voices in my head, but I have found quite the opposite - a group of incredibly talented and supportive people who encourage and inspire me. As I see kindness modeled, I am learning to speak kindness to myself. No matter the level of talent or ability, we all struggle with the same issues at one time or another. Being part of the Creative Sandbox keeps my toe, so to speak, in the flow of creativity - which makes it so much easier to just jump in and play. After a long, difficult and dry season of my life, it feels really good to discover the joy of creative play again. Thank you, Melissa!Cathy Duffy, Entrepreneur
You've been the catalyst for everything great in my life. Thanks to you, I became AWAKENED and empowered to finally DREAM BIG and know that I could actually reach what I placed before me. I will forever be grateful to you for having reawakened my heart and my passions. It is something I will forever owe you.Nana Campana, Speaker/Educator
Whatever Melissa offers, I want to be a part of. Inside the Creative Sandbox I found weapons to fight the gremlins. You have people giving you honest helpful feedback for your work. You get to explore new media without damaging repercussions. You get courage. You get hope. When you get down, you get help getting back up. You make friends you long to live near. It's a win-win for all.Petrea Tomko, Calligrapher/Artist
When will the live calls be?
Right now rally calls are held on the 1st Thursday and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 12pm PT, but I periodically survey members and adjust the times so that the most people are able to attend.
ArtShare calls are currently the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 9am PT, but new ArtShares will be added as member demand for them increases.
Studio Work Days are generally the 3rd Friday of the month, with checkin calls at 9am, 12pm and 3pm PT.
The times for live conversations with guests vary, depending on the guest's schedule.
What if the call times aren’t good for me?
For rally calls, there will always be an option to leave your question or issue in a special thread in our Facebook group, and I'll record my response for you to listen to later.
Are the calls recorded?
Rally calls and special guest conversations are always recorded. I'll post the recording as soon as it's processed, usually within about 24 hours of the call.
Do I have to attend the live calls?
Nope. Come to as many or as few as you like. Easy, peasy.
Can I get a refund if I change my mind?
Nope, the Creative Sandbox annual membership is a non-refundable investment, and here’s why:
Part of the reason we struggle with creating (and sharing) creative work is because of the emotions tied to it. This community will, by its nature, bring stuff up. That’s one of the reasons a membership in the Creative Sandbox can change your life!
The Creative Sandbox is a container to work on that stuff. It would be irresponsible of me as a teacher and changemaker to offer you an easy out anytime you get the tiniest bit uncomfortable.
In other words, please do not click that buy button unless you’re sure you want this!
I have more questions…
Shoot me an email. Or phone me at 650-938-3939. I’ll be happy to answer whatever questions you’ve got!
I've been following Melissa for quite some time now. So, when she opened up the Creative Sandbox, I was interested. With my busy schedule, I wasn't sure I would have time to participate. I signed up at the last minute with just because I wanted to be involved with the group. The community Melissa has created is so amazing. There's no pressure, yet there is accountability. We're all here to learn, to grow creatively, and to support each other. We face many of the same challenges -- it's so nice to have the support and friendship I have found here. :)Jessica Sanders, Artist & Teacher
I am learning 2 things from the Creative Sandbox with Melissa. First I notice it is becoming much easier to sit down and make art. Melissa has given us the tools to deal with fear, perfectionistic tendencies, and comparison to others. Now I just sit down and play -- and ideas come all the time. Secondly, I am becomming more compassionate with myself. The permission to "make crap" is so positive. And the group is so supportive with each other. I enjoy posting what I've done and seeing posts from others. Thanks, Melissa!Claudia Tammen, Photographer
Jeannie Harwell, Jewelry Artist
I just wanted to say how much I've enjoyed your programs and how much I've gotten out of them.
As you know, I've done a variety of them now, and I keep coming back because your groups have a really special blend of enthusiasm and energy. I never fail to make true friendships that have continued on outside of the groups, and deeply relish the special connections within the groups that I make with fellow artists or folks in the process of discovering their creativity. We all have different starting points, but it's wonderful to walk together.
Beyond the connections, there is something about the blend of energy and focus in the groups that gives me that little extra push when working on my own goals, whether it be clutterbusting, creative exploration, or playing in the sandbox.
Invaluable and worth every penny.
Thanks for all that you do, your vision and enthusiasm. I'm looking forward to enjoying more of your programs!
I love to see the variety of projects that people work on. Gives me great ideas. And it feels like such a safe place to show things and to ask questions.Sharon Wildwind, Author