Creativity can be intimidating. Being a creative person can be daunting at times. Even the most professional of the creatives go through art blocks.
This is the part of the process. This is how it is for all of us.
Being an artist or a designer or a crafting person, you need to understand a few things.
Be a beginner:
More often than not, we try to jump to the professional level, without fully understanding the basics and how important they are to have a firm grasp on our art journey. You can’t start reading without knowing the alphabets and word formation. The same goes for art and creativity. The stronger your basics are the stronger your creative game will be.
Learn the color wheel. Make the color charts. Learn the techniques. Try doing the same thing in different ways with a different approach. The possibilities are endless and way too exciting to ignore.
Failure is a part of growth:
You can not be a pro until you fail multiple times.
I have a stack of paintings that I failed at. I have a cabinet full of projects that never worked out. Does that make me any less of a creative? No! With those failed paintings and failed craft projects, I now know so many things that don’t work out. I now know the colors that create mud. I now know the perfect adhesives and paints and things that work together.
I have made it a habit of naming the failed projects as “experiments”. If you fail at something, you now know a certain way that doesn’t work out. Failure is very important in the growth process as a professional. There is not a single person on this planet that has not failed at something at some point in their lives.
Give your self enough space to make mistakes and learn from them.
Trying to be perfect:
Perfection doesn’t exist! Awesome exists, but perfection doesn’t. So there is no point in trying to achieve it.
However, working daily on your art will make you more at ease with your creativity. I often get asked about how can I manage to pull off a quick sketch or a quick painting. It was never this easy when I was studying in art school. It took years of daily practice and being in a constant learning phase that has got me to a point that I can now pull of a sketch in 4 minutes.
So, work daily on your creativity. It doesn’t matter how much or how less of time you are able to give as long as you are doing something creative everyday.
If you can’t think of anything to draw or paint, try doing the same painting in a different color scheme or technique. Try doing the same painting on different papers.
As a creative person, go out often. Explore your surroundings, get inspired by nature, architecture, people. Take pictures, do quick 1 minute sketches. Take your paints outside and paint plein air.
Collect rocks and twigs and seashells or anything that clicks with you. Bring them home and draw them. Inspiration is everywhere, you just need to be observant.
Don’t be afraid:
One thing for certain is that if you want to be creative, you need to be brave. Creativity takes courage and lots of it!
Don’t be afraid to experiment.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Don’t be afraid to try new things.
Don’t be afraid of getting out of your comfort zone and challenging yourself.
How will you know you can’t do a certain thing if you never try?
And at the end, enjoy your creative process. Keep a sketchbook with you at all times. Get inspired and do something creative everyday. Remember… even if you fail … you can always start over again.
Do you have anything more to add to this list?.. I’d love to hear from you !
Take care and have a beautiful day !