Nothing gets me going like a project. The Calligraphy and Letter Writing project of the last few weeks has really gotten my creative juices flowing. But what do you do with that creative energy?
1. Dive In
I've always had some creative outlet, whether it be cooking, painting, or writing. And while the specifics have changed over the years, I know that to keep myself balanced, I have to maintain that creativity in whatever form it takes. I have to dive into a project and let it consume me until it runs out.
If you haven't explored different mediums of art this can be overwhelming. But if you allow yourself to create for no other reason than for arts sake you will start to feel the freedom that creation brings.
2. Don't Judge
I read somewhere that you should embrace being a beginner. I love that! We spend so much of our lives working to be the best at things that, as adults, we forget what it is like to start something new. Maybe you will pick up a watercolor brush and paints and it is second nature to you. Or perhaps you will look at your first attempts and wonder if you should continue. Either way, you should continue. Don't rush to be the best because you really do learn something by making something you don't like.
3. Be Inspired
Look for ways to expand your creativity everywhere because inspiration is literally everywhere. Find out who's work speaks to you and put your admiration to work. One of the reasons that I am so drawn to art and artists is that the work is so personal. Your inspiration and your way of seeing the world is different than anyone else's view. We all have something to share.
4. Share Your Art!
Whether or not you think it is "good enough," share your art with the world. Don't hide it under a rock or leave it to fester in your brain. Wake up in the morning and create something and then put it out there. I believe that the more we are brave with our voices, the truer they become.
I've had such a great time over the past month making cards for the sake of practicing art. I would love to hear and see what you are working on. Share it with me on Facebook or Instagram.
And I will leave you with a little something to add to your To Do list - Best, Margaret
What I am putting out in the world