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Friday, September 14, 2018

10 Tips to Start Creating!

Welcome to my first 10 tips post based on the theme Artistic Mission. Which ultimately is about where you want to go with being a creative person. So what if you are not already someone who creates art? Well here are 10 tips to get you started!

10 TIPS to Start Creating!
(or jump start you during a slump)

1. Find a medium that interests you. It doesn't need to be photography. There are so many creative hobbies out there. Find one that makes you happy and try it!

2.  So how do you find what creative hobby could interest you? Walk the aisles at a craft store, watch You Tube videos on how others create, go to an art gallery or museum and see what you are drawn to

3. Once you find that medium, don't give up. It can be hard at first. No matter what type of creative hobby you choose, there will be a learning curve. It took me years until my photography was at a point where it was consistent. 

4. Try a 2nd medium. Maybe you find the first choice wasn't an exact fit. Maybe it was and you just want to expand out to other ideas. Just like how playing 2 sports can help you become better at both sports, doing two artistic crafts can help you be better. Learning photography and noticing how lighting works can help your paintings be realistic. 

The next two go together:

5.  Visit art fairs, museums or galleries. Seeing art in person gives it so much more depth then viewing it online. That said, I still recommend to

6. View art online. Visit blogs. Browse Flickr, Pinterest or even google images. 

Doesn't matter how you do it, view art.  Whether its painting, photography or even crochet projects, see what others are doing. Be inspired by what others are doing. When I am feeling down and not creative, I visit photography websites/groups/pages and it gets me in the mood to go out and create my own stuff. I also try to visit either an art show, gallery or museum every few months to see what
 is being displayed, what the new trends are, and just be inspired by seeing the art in person.

7. Take a class. Attend a workshop. Watch a You Tube tutorial. Learn something new. Find something to stretch yourself and learn. No matter how long you have been doing your craft, there is always room to learn a new technique or style. And if you are just starting out, its a great way to figure out the basics.

8. Do a creative challenge. That's how I started down this creative journey. I did a 52 week self portrait challenge. Not only did it help hone my self portrait skills, it took me down a path of creative and silly portraits which ultimately lead me to fine art. Plus, because I had a "deadline" of each week, it kept me creating on a regular basis. And the more you create or do your craft, the better you will get. 

9. Take a break. Now this one is more if you are in a slump. Sometimes we get in a funk because we put too much pressure on ourselves. It's okay to take a break and come back to your art when you are fresh. Doesn't need to be a long extended break, even a few days can give you a fresh perspective. 

10.  Step outside of your comfort zone. Try something you have never done before. Spatter paint on canvas. Merge two unrelated photos together. Knit a blanket using 10 colors. Try sculpture. Push yourself! :)

And I have one last one....have fun! Whatever you choose don't forget to have fun while creating whatever it is you love!


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