Dear Wonderful, Creative You:
I’d like to share a personal story about why I make a little art everyday. My parents both grew up poor. Their families were raised in the depression and so they learned to be resourceful and practical. They both scraped together what they could, and worked from a young age to contribute to the family. Neither went to college. While they both found success in adulthood, neither was exposed to, or ever developed an appreciation for art.
When I came along, with all my various creative passions, they thought my creativity was “nice,” but they never got excited about my art. Several years ago I was shocked to learn that my mom had an idea for a mystery novel, and had even written a bit of it, but then let it go. I asked if she thought she would write it now that she had time in retirement. She said, “Maybe someday.” She died a year later.
I don’t want to live – and die – in the “maybe someday.”
Something else will always be a higher priority than making art if you let it. We tell ourselves we can’t because the “right” art supplies are “expensive,” and taking time to make art is “indulgent.” In the context of a culture that tells us that only “gifted” people are allowed to make art, it’s hard to ignore the negative talk of our inner critic.
The truth is there is always time for a little art. A little writing. A little dancing. A little art piece. If you make it a practice and a priority to do a little everyday, it becomes a habit, and then a need. Your life begins to subtly shift around this new art habit and then you wonder what you did with your time before. As a bonus, when we “indulge” in creative self-care and art making, we can see how nurturing, healing, and adventurous art time feels, and those around us can see the positive impact in our mood.Making art is not indulgent, it's necessary. #inchies #mindfulartstudio Click To Tweet
The Inchie Challenge is Still On!
We’ve been making teeny, tiny art all week, and I’ve heard from so many of you who feel like they are just getting started, so I’ve extended The Inchie Challenge through all of July! Working small has been so helpful to entice me to make a little art everyday, and I think has helped me to avoid many of the pitfalls that entrap us into thinking our art is not a priority.
What to Do with Your Inchies:
There are MANY more ideas in the Fluid Art e-course on how to use your small art in creative ways, but heres a few more ideas on what to create with your inchies.
Here’s 3 simple ideas for how to use your inchies:
1. Use an inchie to inspire a journal spread: Paste it down and create around it.
2. Make a grid of inchies in your journal or on crisp paper and frame it.
3. Give inchies with messages of love and gratitude to someone who needs it.
If You Are Enjoying The Inchie Challenge, You Will Love Fluid Art
The idea behind The Inchie Challenge is to help you challenge negative art assumptions and begin to form a habit of art making a little bit everyday. If you are finding yourself making more art everyday, and pushing your creative boundaries with The Inchie Challenge, I think you will LOVE Fluid Art. Making a little art in a really flexible way is one of the main principles of the Fluid Art e-course. I want to give you a little peek into what we are doing in Fluid Art.
I created Fluid Art because I want to show you how fun it is to use high flow acrylics. I think you’ll find, as most of my students have, that it’s hard to stop! Once your little paintings dry, you’ll have a group of mini masterpieces, to embellish a little bit every day. Taking them on the go is easy, working a little bit in the car, on a walk, or in the evening while sitting with family. Fluid Art helps you weave more art into your daily life.
Random Drawing Winner
I’m excited to announce that our random drawing winner from amongst all the inchies posted on Facebook and Instagram last week was Reese @warri_her on Instagram. Congratulations Reese! You’re the lucky winner of a spot in our Fluid Art class! We won’t pick another winner, but keep making a little art everyday and post your inchies through July on Facebook and Instagram with #mindfulartstudio to develop your daily small art habit!
There is always time for a little art. #inchies #mindfulartstudio Click To Tweet
Something else will always be a higher priority than making art if you let it. #mindfulartstudio Click To Tweet