How to Make Time to Make Art
Dear Wonderful, Creative You:
Let’s make time to make art. It’s time to clear out the emotional cobwebs, and find the joy in creation and connection. You deserve creative self-care. Let’s get started with some concrete ways you can make more art.
- Leave your art out and in progress, it will tempt you to continue.
- Create an inspiration cork board – Pinterest is great, but making a real-life, tactile inspiration board with actual pictures, quotes, and pieces of art you can touch will inspire you in a totally different way.
- Do a challenge. Paint every day for 10 minutes for the next 30 days. Practice lettering every day for a week. Join Mindful Art Studio’s Facebook group, Mindful Art. Create a challenge for yourself that gets you far enough out of your comfort zone that you grow and build skills, but not so far out that you get discouraged and stop. I was recently reminded of how helpful a challenge is for getting you past the inner critic’s complaints and into a creative groove. This will help you to make time to make art.
- Look for inspiration daily. Look for inspiration in your doggie, in the sunset, and in the mischievous way your sister’s lip curls up in a smile. Be a receptacle for creative ideas, sounds, and images. Let them roll around in your subconscious. This is creative and mindful all at once. This is living like an artist.
- Carry a small inspiration journal and pen – Write all that inspiring stuff you noticed. Even better, draw it in. Here’s a tiny journal I love and my favorite drawing pen.
- Make art in the in-betweens. In between breakfast and getting in the car. In between cleaning up the dishes and sitting on the couch for a few minutes. In between appointments and while you wait in the car. You have time, you just haven’t prioritized your art yet.
- Stop hoarding art supplies and make something instead. This one might surprise you, but one of the many tricks of the inner critic is to tell you that collecting endless art supplies is creative. A new supply can be a great way to spark inspiration, but overdo it and you’ll be an art hoarder in a creative rut. Collect up some things you don’t use or don’t know how to use and donate them to someone or an organization that will. This will be scary, and this will be liberating. Find more art supply organization tips here. And if you are not hoarding and need some ideas on what to buy for art journaling, here’s a list of my favorite art journaling materials.
- Make art instead of looking at that little screen. (I very much include myself in this statement – no judgement here!) Just. Get. Off. Right. Now. And. Create. Something.
- Give yourself permission to be a beginner. This is hard, and yet so helpful. Just let go of expectations and be a kid drawing. It’s okay to suck.
- Make a decision to just make stuff. You will be amazed at how the time will be there once you decide it’s what you need to feel balanced and calm.You can find out the reason your inner critic is actually the one stealing your art time and more ideas on how to get around it in this post.
I can’t wait to hear how using one or two of these suggestions shifts your creative habits and helps you make time to make art. Drop in on the comments and let us know what is working for your in your own creative life.
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