Lately I’ve been flexing my creative muscles, if you will. I suppose I’m used to being creative while making graphics and editing photos, but there’s something totally different about working with creative elements I can hold in my hands.
There’s also something totally different about creating something just for me. Not something that I will be showing the whole world. I do love blogging, but when you do creative things for money, sometimes the added pressure to be awesome makes it feel like work.
Somewhere along the line I forgot how much fun it is to get crafty. I forgot to play and have fun with art. I am making an effort to change that and I encourage you to do the same!
It’s actually quite therapeutic to put on some music or a podcast, sit outside on the deck and sketch or doodle. Psychology Today calls it “creative art therapy” or “expressive therapy.” I can definitely feel the benefits when I’m creative on a regular basis!
I believe that everyone is creative and that using that creativity on a daily basis can help in other areas of your life.
Here are 4 Ways to Flex Your Creative Muscles:
Ever since I started this blog, I’ve been inspired to do some painting. I started out by painting some bright backgrounds for my food blog photos. I literally had 2-3 colors which I splattered on the canvas and moved around until the whole thing was covered. Although it was simple, I felt like I was painting a masterpiece.
Then I did a fun paint and wine class for a bachelorette party. I highly encourage you to take a class like this with a friend if you want to get into (or back into) painting. You will realize that it’s really not as hard as you think it is!
I also recently bought some watercolors (after drooling all over my Instagram feed. I follow some talented ladies.) and can’t wait to bust them out!
I had a ladies’ weekend recently and the hostess brought coloring books.
Coloring books. Lisa Frank coloring books to be exact. (<-does anyone remember Lisa Frank??) So I sat there on a Saturday night and had the most fun coloring!
I’ve heard there are adult coloring books out there, too! You can actually be quite sophisticated while you are coloring—who knew?
3. Hand Lettering
Back in the day, I used to scrapbook. That’s partly why I got into blogging because I loved chronicling my life in a fun and creative way. I used to practice hand lettering (because that’s what you had to do with scrapbooking back in the day) and I recently realized how much I missed it!
So I bought some markers, a big sketch notebook and have been working on brushing up my hand lettering skills.
4. Starting a Blog
Did you see that one coming? I love blogging.
Of course there are downsides, but for the most part I love sharing ideas, tips, recipes and photos with readers. It gives me an opportunity to get creative coming up with topics, I get to connect with my little community and it certainly helps me keep up my writing skills. I could honestly write a whole book on the benefits of blogging, but you might just have to start one yourself and see. You don’t even have to share it with the world unless you want to!
Don’t Forget to Play
All of these forms of art are things I put on the back burner. Or thought I was too old for. Or I told myself I just needed to wait until I have an art room or a specific space to craft. Then one day I realized that I might never have an art room. Or extra time in my day. I just had to make it happen.
What’s that thing that you want to do, but are waiting until the right time? Could right now possibly be the right time?