How to Make a Little Art Everyday
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 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.
“Maybe someday” is like saying “maybe never.”
What Gets in the Way of Making Art Everyday?
- We make everything else a higher priority: the kids’ activities, our spouse’s needs, the laundry, dusting; the list goes on.
- The negative self-talk of the inner critic. We tell ourselves art supplies are too expensive, and taking time to make art is “indulgent,” that we are not good enough and are wasting our time.
- We live in a culture that believes only “gifted” people should dance, sing, and draw. This belief feeds all the negative self-talk noted above.
You feel that urge to create. It comes from somewhere. It’s because it’s instinctual. Humans are creative, it’s how we evolved and survived. Stop questioning that, and we can start figuring out how to fit in some time to make art.
There is Time to Make a Little Art Everyday
One of the biggest secrets to making time for art is to start small. Thinking about the big, grand projects is overwhelming, and if you are not used to writing or making art for an hour a day, that will feel overwhelming at first. That’s why I love inchies and small art. They are tiny, bite sized invitations to be creative. In 5 minutes, you can draw or paint quite a bit on a one or two inch shape.
The truth is, there is always time for a little art. A little writing. A little dancing. A little painting. If you make it a practice and a priority to create a little everyday, it becomes a habit. Once you develop an art making habit, you’ll find you start to need it, and things slowly begin to shift around so that you have more time to do it. You have time for what you prioritize.
Once you begin making art more consistently, you’ll wonder what you did with your time before. As a bonus, when we “indulge” in art making, we tend to feel better, and those around us can see the positive impact in our mood. In other words, your family may thank you for making time for art!
Join The Inchie Challenge!
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 Inchie Art:
3 Fun Inchie Art Projects:
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.
Take Your Art to the Next Level with Fluid Art
I want to help you form a habit of art making everyday. If you are pushing your creative boundaries with The Inchie Challenge, the next step is to learn more about fluid paints, working in stages, and making lots of art in Fluid Art. Students love how addictive it is to watch these paints flow, and then decorate them with fun and simple patterns using gel pens. You can make your own galactic and underwater scenes with no prior art training. Want to learn more? Click here to see what Fluid Art can do for your daily art practice. You can also click here to take a peek at our 42-page class PDF
Let’s open up some more space for your art.