Are you feeling the urge to be creative?
Perhaps you used to make art but stopped because of kids and career.
Maybe you took a class with a friend and it sparked or renewed your interest.
Maybe you are just looking for a way to express yourself and relieve some stress.
Or perhaps you are an artist with so many interests you find it hard to focus.
No matter your situation you would like to start a regular creative practice but you are not sure where to begin.
Today I am starting a series of blogs focusing on starting a consistent art making practice. Whether it is for peace of mind, stress relief, to develop a new hobby, or to nurture your art career, consistency is key. There are many elements that can help you start an art making practice that feels good and is inspiring to continue. Today I will focus on allowing.
Allowing. It is a big word, and when we attach I in front of it, it can be very empowering. I allow my self to.... feels like a burst of positive encouragement and energy.
So, today, thinking about your art making practice you would like to start, finish the sentence...
I allow myself to______________.
As beginners and even as a seasoned artist I find I do not often allow myself to indulge in the best art materials. This can result in using cheap art materials such as brushes that fall apart, paper that doesn't hold up to watercolors, or paints that look dull and lifeless.
I have personally come to realize that it is ok to start off using less expensive art materials, you are learning after all and things might not turn out as you would like. But as you feel comfortable allow yourself to purchase those really nice brushes, or more expensive paints or higher quality paper. You will be amazed how it makes you feel and it will improve your work as you go along. Allow yourself to invest in quality materials.
A creative practice is a journey of learning and exploration. It is ok to allow yourself to mess up and make mistakes. Use those less expensive materials to explore and discover. Allow yourself to paint over things, throw something away that you do not like, or even allow yourself to simply start over.
Allow yourself time. We have to give ourselves time to create if we truly want a consistent art making practice. As an artist, business owner, teacher, pet mom and wife I find my time is filled with lots of things I have to do and need to do. I have found that I have time in the morning just for me, after breakfast, after the husband goes off to work, the pets have had breakfast, before I need to check emails, work on my website, or teach a class there is a few quiet minutes. Yes, I have an art practice at my studio but I use this morning time to dabble with watercolors and lately I have been exploring hand lettering. In a perfect world I would have this time everyday but that is not the case. So, I prepare for this time by also allowing myself to have my art materials ready to use.
Allow yourself space to create. I have a lovely art studio where I create and teach classes but at home I have to use the dining room table as my creative space and I can't leave all my stuff out all the time. I have a neat little pile on a nearby desk of my watercolor paints, brushes, brush pens, watercolor sketchbook and glass jar for water all ready to go when that blessed moment appears. You could keep your supplies in a basket or plastic bin ready to go. You could set up a table in a spare room with your supplies on it. Be creative. Allow yourself the space it will make it easier and more motivating to sit down and start.
Start your art practice by allowing yourself the luxury of quality materials, time, space and gentleness. This will go a long way in motivating you to continue and keep going. Start creating friends and enjoy the process!