Podcasts & Audiobooks to listen to while painting, drawing, and designing

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My other post, Podcast for Women Entrepreneurs, is so popular (thank you Pinterest!), I thought I'd share my favorite podcasts (and audiobooks) for listening to while being creative. 

Unless I'm writing emails, making calculations, or reading through a prompt, I'm probably listening to a podcast or an audiobook. When I'm doing those other things, it's likely I'm listening to something instrumental or folk-y on Spotify.

Get your iTunes ready, and check out my favorite podcasts

(listed by theme; I won't state the obvious ones likes Serial, Radiolab, or This American Life, because, duh.)



"Hi, I'm Phoebe Judge; this is Criminal." Probably the best opening line to a podcast I listen to. Her voice is great, and stories are intriguing.  All about crime; whether it be the person who commited it, witness to a crime, or about things that are crimes.
iTunes | Website

Sword and Scale
Well-produced show about true-crime, high profile trials, unsolved murders, and missing persons cases (from their iTunes info)
iTunes | Website


The Black Tapes
A serial docudrama that takes you from one paranormal story into a deeper, darker one.  Kind of spooky, but really entertaining.  Don't listen at night! This is my favorite one besides Astonishing Legends (bottom of this supernatural list).
iTunes | Website

Bite-sized stories about "dark" historical stories that "fuel our modern superstitions."
iTunes | Website

This is another docudrama by the same creators of The Black Tapes.  It's about the search for the mythical entity called Tanis.  They kind of get over their heads and the journey is very engaging.
iTunes | Website

Astonishing Legends
I love every episode of this show.  Scott & Forrest are great hosts who talk about strange legends and events in history (and even current events).  I love the interviews with peopole who've hadclose encounters, too!  I never miss an episode of this. 
iTunes | Website


The Longest Shortest Time
I'm not a parent, but these stories are too good to ignore, even so.  There are even episodes about women who've decided to not have children and ones that wanted to become a single parent.
iTunes | Website

Reply All
A show about things that involve the internet.  Super broad theme makes for some good episodes regarding things that happen because of the internet.
iTunes | Website

True stories told by people who experienced "hilarious, heart-wrenching, and remarkably real" stories.
iTunes | Website

The Allusionist
Podcast about words! The wanna-be linguist in me loves this.
iTunes | Website

"True stories about the people we meet, the connections we make, the heartbreaks we suffer, the kindnesses we encounter, and those frightful moments when we discover that WE aren't even who we thought we were."
iTunes | Website


Stuff You Missed in History
History lessons with entertaining and lovable hosts.  I don't listen to all their episodes, but everyone I've listened to is a fun learning experience.
iTunes | Website

The History Chicks
My favorite history podcasts. This has women-centric historical figures only.  I love that they talk about the women behind some prominent men and women that are just as prominent.
iTunes | Website | Pinterest board about their stories


These are recommendations for only the audiobook version. While some may be read in a physical book at the same enjoyment-level, these books are especially delightful to listen to due to factors such as: Full-cast readings, sound effects and music, and/or the narrator's take on the story.

Graceling series (Graceling, Fire, Bitterblue) by Kristin Cashore
Series of books I *really* enjoyed.  Female lead in a fictional world where some children are born with a "grace" or special power.  You can tell one is graced because they have heterochromia and once their eyes change as a child, they belong to the King. It's a story of rebellion, adventure, growth, and first love (though that's on the back-end story).  Even though the characters are young-ish, I wouldn't say this is a YA genre book series, except for maybe Bitterblue.
Audible | Author Website

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
"The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night. But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will."  Just read this, it's on my all-time favorite list of books ever.
Audible | Author Website

The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley
This is mainly a romance, but it has historical elements that I love. I love most of Susanna's novels. 
Audible | Author Website

Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
Okay, how can I not put this series here?  This also goes for the John Grey books. Diana is currently writing the NINTH book in the series.  Yep, ninth.  And she thinks there may be one more after that.
Audible | Author Website

You may also like:

Podcasts for Women Entrepreneurs

These are business-focused for creatives building a business.  There's legal advice, marketing tips, and interviews.


Podcasts for Boss Lady (Women) Entrepreneurs

Podcasts for Women Entrepreneurs
Podcasts for Women Entrepreneurs

Feeling alone sucks when you’re trying to build a fledgling business as woman entrepreneur. Especially when there’s not many to talk to besides your captive audiences like husband, boyfriend, or Scruffy the dog.

To do this, I’ve turned to podcasts that help me be a better entrepreneur, boss lady, and lady who gets it done. All the podcasts below are hosted by women and I can’t tell you how much I’ve learned from these super-boss-ladies who made it happen. They all have a similar message:

Do the work. Stop researching, stop thinking, stop making resolutions and just DO IT.


Explore your enthusiasm

She writes her episodes beforehand which makes them short and sweet with TONS of amazing information and tips. I love how each one has a purpose without getting too much off-track.  Plus sometimes her dogs make an appearance =)

with Tara Swiger
Podcast + Website


Elise Gets Crafty

Elise is just great.  I related to her the most out of most of the people -- she's made herself business savvy just by having a successful crafty business. I love that she shares her "secrets" in an approachable way.  And her newest launch of GET TO WORK BOOK is my most favorite planner (not affiliated, I just love it so much!)

with Elise Joy Cripe
Podcast + Website

legal road map podcast autumn witt boyd

Legal Road Map Podcast

Legal advice for creative entrepreneurs.  Autumn is a lawyer specifically helping creatives to protect themselves and their businesses. She is super knowledgeable, friendly and down-to-earth! 

with Autumn Witt Boyd
Podcast + Website

being boss podcast a podcast for creative entrepreneurs

being boss

I'd recommend starting at the beginning of the podcast because they give A LOT of great information for when you're just starting out.  Their later episodes are great for once you're *in* your business.

with Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon
Podcast + Emily’s Website + Kathleen’s Website


Raise Your Hand. Say Yes.

Oh man, Tiffany's podcast is two parts hilarious and two parts inspiring.  Not only do you get biz advice, she interviews real-life people with different backgrounds that can indirectly help your business flourish if you use some of their methods.

with Tiffany Han
Podcast + Website


The Lively Show

A little bit different on the business spectrum, she's more of an inspirational speaker for women who have businesses.  She's very open and forthcoming about her own life, too (especially now that she's traveling alone through Europe!)

with Jess Lively
Podcast + Website

See more podcasts I listen to while I do creative work!

These are more "fun" and story-centric.  They are for entertainment and laughter!

I'm an illustrator and pattern designer.  I specialize in using watercolor and digital design for creating floral illustrations, maps, and novelty patterns.

These inspiring women make me feel like I can make my own illustration & pattern business successful. I've learned to diversify my income using different avenues like: Selling in a shop, licensing my designs, selling outright, commissions, and teaching.