Hi everyone. Today, I thought I’d just write a quick post on practicing creativity on a regular basis. Creativity means different things to different people. For some, it means cooking some amazing meals, some like weaving or writing, and some people (like me )like painting, drawing and lettering. Basically, art.
I think it’s so important to stay in that zone- where you practice consistently everyday. It doesn’t need to be something really brilliant- it can be something small, yet significant. Practice really does make perfect.
With this thought in mind, I started practicing painting (specifically watercolour) and lettering too (with a little digital editing thrown in- so I get practice on that too). I’ve been posting my work I make everyday on Instagram, @surelysimpleblog, and I thought I’d share it here too.
Here are some watercolour drawings just for fun:
And here’s some lettering done recently:
And some lettering processed digitally and with pictures (all of which were taken by me):
So, that’s just a teaser of stuff that I post on my instagram.
Some tips that I can share for practicing creativity on a regular basis:
1- Decide what creative skill you want to improve on.
Don’t choose more than two, because then you’ll be totally pressured and might back out. Take it slow, and decide. For me, I chose watercolour because it kinda scares me and I’m somehow loving the fact that anything can really happen when I paint. It’s not controlled, and I really want to improve my painting skills in this medium. I do paint with acrylics, and I find that a whole lot easier.
(my acrylic paints here)
2- Decide whether you want to practice with a social outlook.
By that, I mean, do you want to document your daily practice on social media? I find that posting on social media encourages me, but there’s also a downside to this- once you start posting, you may feel pressure to produce great work everytime. It’s stressful maybe- but the only solution is : do what you think is right. If you aren’t comfortable with posting your art/ projects online right now; then don’t. When you feel comfortable about the idea, then go ahead by all means. Remember: art is always, always for yourself. If you’re on Instagram (or tumblr, pinterest, google +, facebook etc) and you think you need to post art stuff for your followers- sorry, that’s not a good direction, pal. Always, always make art for yourself and your happiness. Nothing else really matters.
The pros of posting online to be noted are: you get encouragement, you engage with like minded creative people, and it’s fun!
3- Don’t be afraid to try new things.
Experiment with different forms of art whenever you get bored of what you’re currently working with as an art medium. If you’re a cook making desserts all the time, try whipping up a savoury meal. If you’re always painting flowers and nothing else, try painting a human face, or something else that interests you. Step out of your comfort zone and try something new! When I’m stumped for ideas, I usually doodle and practice that good ol’ zentangle. It’s fun and you never know, when you start with one hobby, and you divert to something new, that might just interest you more!
Art is supposed to be fun! And you know, once you start being creative, it just gets easier and easier to be more creative and you also pick up skills a lot faster with constant practice!
So, come on. Pick up that pencil/ pen/ water brush / paint brush / etc and get to finding yourself! -Aaria