It doesn't matter what exactly you create, it's the place you are creating from that matters.
I'm noticing a pattern in my creative out pours and it has to do with "feeling free" to be able to do my work. Free as in having no tasks upon me that would kill my wish to even start. And this is bad because who has all the time in the world, right?
I think the solution to this is rather simple - it's in creating MORE - in shorter periods of time across the day. Why? Because it will make me learn how to jump into the creative mode if I train myself to. So this is something I will try and do from now on. It is easier to take half an hour to be creative than 3 hours or so. Maybe even less, it's the "showing up" that matters and being able to connect to our higher selves to bring down what we need to and heal in the process.
How do you deal with such a problem if you have it? I'd love to know and learn so please, comment away.
Moving onto the Logging part of this blog now :)
This week was mostly about watercolors. I finally went into the practicing mode and did two pieces inspired by Danielle Donaldson's "Be Still" on-line class. They are rather addictive to make and fun and I must admit I do love how they turned out. I did not do exactly what she teaches but I am contemplating about how to finish them off by adding some words to them.
I was going to take out one of my washi tapes and seeing that full drawer again made me go into the DIY mode. Like the quick and furious DIY mode. Not pretty, not fancy, not even exact - it was all about an useful end result, that was really all I was going for. And you know what? I love it. Will have to make another drawer as there is less space in it now due to all the tidiness but it works perfectly.
Here's a quick visual guide through the process if you need some inspiration:
I also managed to finish up 3 ATC cards that I owed for quite a while. I sure hope their new owners like them. One in particular was very challenging (that's why I was putting it off for so long) and one I needed to do again as the first one got lost in transit. The best part in this ATC exchange thingie is packing up the cards to send away. This year I'm using my small stitched envelopes made from recycled craft paper which I just ADORE. Really. I think craft paper is one of the coolest papers out there! How do you feel about it?
Oh and while I had my beloved colored pencils out I made two wooden brooches. I made these designs back in 2015 and they were really loved so I'm thinking about making some more to sell. What do you think? Do you prefer pins or pendants/necklaces?
This was it for this snowed in week :) Thank you so much for reading, I hope you'll visit next week too.
With much love,
I agree with you on the little bits of creativity here and there are better than none at all. Slow growth is better than no growth. And your little watercolours are so beautiful! I’m especially smitten with the feather piece (of course lol).
I find that having deadlines can help , in that it makes you get in the studio and produce no matter what , and the more you are in the studio your creativity will flow( even if forced !)
Hello Cathy and thank you so much for your comment. I agree, deadlines, especially real ones as in commissions or contest can be very stimulating. I guess doing art "just because" is the hardest part for me. But in reality, it's far from "just because" because I just cannot be not creative - I get cranky and horrible. But you are very right, the more studio time we get the better we become and it gets just so much easier to pick up where we left.
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