oh, how many times i hear "i would love to create that, but i don't know how", or "i wish i could make something like you create, but i am not as good as you", or "i don't have time...."
and it breaks my heart. seriously. we ALL are creatieve. very creative. but i strongly believe that some of us, has lost the childish freedom of just go and create whatever you want to create. the freedom a child has, when it is given a box of pencils and a blanc sheet of paper. the child doesn't overthink. doesn't compare (not yet!), doesn't feel fear for the blanc space. the child simply enthusiastically grabs a pencil and STARTS. then and there. not one second the thought "i can't draw" runs through his or her mind. not one second it feels not creative. the child simply starts & enjoys his own creation!
i want you to feel that way too again, i know you can be free & feel like a child again. i know, because i can feel that way when i create. and if i can, YOU can my sweetheart.
i've a few tips for you i would love to share that MIGHT help you get into your creative flow and create the most fun, gorgeous & happy things you want to create. if that is a mixed media canvas, an art journal, a scrapbook page or a huge painting.
first you want to do is START right where you are. yeah. sounds pretty crazy huh?! but think a little about WHAT the heck is stopping you and WHY. i've got this strong drive to create because i just simply need to make stuff to feel good. and that's my WHY. i want to feel good. i'm not thinking about anything else, just "i want to feel good". that's my huge motivator
REMOVE any distractions. no not your children! let them tap in! i mean Facebook, twitter, pinterest, instagram, your computer, the entire internet actually. it really isn't helpful if you are creating and you are gonna look every 5 minutes on your phone for new messages, on your laptop for new Facebook posts from OTHER PEOPLE CREATING. yup. get my point?!
STOP comparing yourself to anybody else but you! yes! do not ever ever ever compare your beginnings with somebody else middle. it simply takes time to reach the image you had in your head you wanted to create, to starting to love the image you did create! usually it is totally different! we can imagine the most fun & gorgeous creations, and when we start, it's like: naahhhhhhh THAT was not in my head! holy guacomoly i'm fooling myself! 'she' or 'he' has the most gorgeous creations, and i'm like here, starting and not liking what i just made. STOP THAT THOUGHT. see it as progress & practise. you couldn't walk the first time you stood up, now could you? it took practice! and did you give up? don't think so! were you thinking "oh, she walks better than me?". nope, don't think so. you just pushed your crazy little self to stand on those chubby legs (yes, i'm speaking on my own behalf :), and you never ever gave up. keep that in mind. PRACTICE. it's just practice. and practice makes perfect. oh, we change that: practice makes HAPPINESS. so the only one you can compare yourself too, is your earlier creations. and you will see progression. wiieeehoooo!
put on some MUSIC. my favorite music, preferably out loud, makes me want to create so badly. i love listening to my favorite songs. it makes me feel good, creating makes me feel even better and i can totally loose track of time. it really brings me into this happy flow.
give yourself PERMISSION to play. yes. CREATE your own time. busy?! YES ME TOO. but i still can find time to create. it's simply a matter of priorities. it's something i want so badly i CREATE my own time to do so. i have 2 children (now 12 & 8, but they were once babies too!) and i run 2 companies. and i still have time to create (and sleep too!). so take a real good look at your days. where in your day, do you have some 'lost minutes'. i do not type 'hours' because, who has those huh?! i've noticed that i had lost minutes, for instance, after dinner & before bedtime of the children. there was time i was usually cleaning up, or browsing Facebook (YES THE WORST), and tick-tock the clock would suddenly say "bedtime kids" and after 9 pm i was all tired, bored and there was no energy left! so i figured, what if i started creating in that small window of time after dinner & before the kids went to bed? and YES i managed that even when the kids were smaller. especially when yours still take naps (OH HEAVEN), USE that time. GIVE yourself that time. if you feel you need to clean the house before they wake up: believe me, you can clean your house with them being awake. Sanne & Ruben loved to 'ride' my vacuum cleaner and i just made a small party out of it. if my house was squeaky clean? not really, but we sure had fun AND I HAD MY CREATIVE PLAY TIME.
SPOIL yourself sometimes with new art supplies. nothing makes me want to start and play, as receiving new art supplies. and don't get me wrong, i totally get it when there's little to no money, been there (!), but you can buy the most cheap art supplies you can find & still feel so freaking happy with it.
WATCH others create. this is a 'dangerous' one, if it doesn't give you the feeling you want to create, if it brings you down in any kind of way. but for me, it's a huge motivator to get started myself. i love to buy courses, ebooks, books, read blogs from other artists i admire. i don't feel like "i can't do that". i simply feel their creative spirit, their power, their enthusiasm, and they make me feel like i want to get started.
so are you ready to play? to get into the groove?
i would love for you to join my in my course Magic Mixed Media! i will guide you step by step how to create these fun & lovely mixed media canvasses, and you will learn how to play again, how freaking awesome is that?!
remember. life is good. PLAY MORE.