If you want to nurture your creative side and I highly recommend you do because it can benefit you into so many ways. It not only lifts your mood but it also makes any art you make regularly, better. Working the creative side of your brain also helps your problem solving skills by forcing you outside the box.
So, with that in mind, here are 10 ways to jump start your creative spark.
Number One – Get Messy
Dig out your paints, canvases are fairly cheap if you know where to look or you can use thick card and get cracking. Don’t worry if you don’t know what it is you want to paint. Just get used to the feel of the brush, have fun with the colours and textures and make a mess!
Number Two – It doesn’t have to rhyme
Poetry. Get writing in a way that perhaps you’re not used to. Poetry is a great way to flex your creative muscles.
Number Three – Adult colouring books
Man, I love these. They allow you to be creative without needing the necessary drawing skills. They may seem childish to some but I’m a big fan. I find them relaxing and inspiration seems to flow bette then I’m relaxed.
Number Four – New Hobby
Knitting, crochet, gardening, sewing,hiking, play a sport *cough* roller derby, start a band, scrapbooking, whatever. Have a think about what activities you’d like to try and see what you can find.
Number 5 – Do not invite Negative Nancy or Nigel to play
Stop criticising yourself, stop doubting yourself and just go for it. Do not allow negative energy to stop you from creating something.
Number Six – Use pen and paper
The act of writing things down by hand is such a different experience to tapping away at a keyboard. I love to do both but sometimes my hands hurt and I can’t do either for long which sucks because the feeling of the pen in your hand and a fresh notebook is one of life’s simple pleasures.
Number Seven – Go outside
Take a pen and pad with you and sit outside for 20mins. No music, no chatter, no Twtter. Just sit and admire the view. Take it all in and allow your mind to wander.
Number Eight – Perfect is boring
Forget the idea of perfect. That’s not what being creative is about. Creative people can often be perfectionists at heart, never happy with the finished item. But we as creatives need to let that trope die, what you make when you start creating will be never be as good as what you have in your mind – and that’s OK.
Number Nine – Put a pin in that
Create a mood/inspiration board on Pinterest. Cut out pictures, collect postcards or posters/prints that inspire you and keep them where you can see them.
Number Ten – Freedom
You have the freedom to create whatever you want. You can express yourself through so many mediums and you can say as much or as little as you want in your art. It doesn’t matter what way you express yourself, it can be drawing, writing, painting, spoken word etc you are in control. You might surprise yourself with what you can come up with when you realise you can be as honest as you like.
Now go make something wild!
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