We are dedicating this entire summer of blog posts to creativity. We’ll share some DIY projects, introduce you to some REALLY cool people who inspire us and tell you what we’ve learned as artists and business owners.
We are all creative in our own way. Even if you don’t think you are creative you probably have some creative mojo tucked away. Creativity is like a muscle – the more you use it the stronger it gets. Sometimes you make something U-G-L-Y…embrace it, keep it, have fun with it! We still laugh about some of our ugliest and most unfortunate creations from our early jewelry making days. Sometimes you make something beautiful and never want to give it away or sell it. Creativity is good for the soul.
We thought it would be fun to share a list of ways that we stay creatively energized. Hopefully some of them will inspire you.
- Keep lists of amazing and inspiring people we meet.
- Hang out with happy, interesting people.
- Ask for feedback from people we respect & admire.
- Walk away from a project that’s frustrating us. Often time and space cures what is going wrong.
- We embrace our mistakes – sometimes those end up our favorite creations. At the very least they give us a good laugh.
- Sleep well, eat well and play often.
- We do something that makes us happy every day. Even on crazy days, even if it’s just for a minute or two.
- Take risks with our art or projects. We like to dream BIG and this takes us way out of our comfort zone at times.
- Get outside. Walk, ride a bike, go for a run.
- Make lists of all our ideas: possible and impossible.
- Clean up our work area. This is a big one.
- Attend a creative class or better yet a conference (our absolute favorite is Craftcation in Ventura, California). We also love online classes at Craftsy).
- Carry a journal or sketchbook.
- Go to a museum, craft fair or art show.
- Take a trip – even if it’s local, a change of scenery is inspiring.
- Join an online creative challenge (ie. #yearofmaking) or create your own challenge.
- Embrace quiet – take time away from social media, phones, TV, music and people in general. Giving ourselves time to think is invaluable. Even if it’s only for 10 minutes on busy days.
- We recommend posting something you’ve made on social media. The positive feedback may surprise you and will definitely motivate you.
- Hand-write a letter to a friend or family member on pretty writing paper.
- Turn off electronics for a few hours every day. Too much time on Facebook or Pinterest take time away from making.
If you are thinking about getting a little more creative we highly recommend the book Make it Mighty Ugly by Kim Werker. In this fun book Kim offers exercise and advice for getting creative. We feel very lucky to have met Kim at Craftcation. Her energy and courage in creativity are infectious!
Now log off and do something fun and creative. We promise that you won’t regret it!