Why do you create? Do you sale stuff? Do you give handmade gifts? Do you create for your home? There are so many reasons out there to answer this question!
I think for as long as I can remember I've enjoyed creating or making things. If I was creating I was happy! I married a smart man! He says that if I'm not creating or making something then I'm not completely happy or content! It's part of me, it's who I am! I think there are so many people out there like this! It can be with so many different things. It doesn't have to be art. It can be music, sewing, photography, writing or whatever it is you enjoy! Creativity is everywhere!
The past several months in continuing to grieve and still learning to cope with our loss I have picked up my art journals again. I have to tell you it's one of the best decisions I've made! I looked back and found that when I was creating most of the time I would wonder if others would like it or buy it or be happy with it. I was creating with others in mind or what I thought others might want. That's a lot of pressure to put on ourselves! Even though I still found joy in creating it just wasn't the same or what I needed.
Working in my journals I'm always trying to remind myself that it doesn't matter if others like it or even if the end result is "pretty" or whatever it's supposed to be. In the end all that matters is the process of creating! Creating just to create! Why? Well for me it's good for my soul! I know that may sound a bit cheesey, but it is. It's so much fun to not worry about what colors I'm going to use or if they match each other or will it look good in the end. Just enjoying the process of creating! For me in the begining this was really hard to let go. Sometimes when I sit down those voices still creep in, but I've been working on something creative everyday for the past few months so I've noticed them fading away.
Do I want to create for others? Yes, but right now that's a bit further down the road! For now I'm enjoying the process of my sketch book, my journals, or just painting in old magazines. Trying new things and stretching those creative muscles. Along the way I've found so much inspiration from videos and blogs as well. One blog that I am hooked on is Daisy Yellow. Tammy has a lot of fun things over there to keep you motivated! If you are new to art journaling then it's a great place to start! Go check it out and see for yourself! She also has a Facebook group that you can share in or just go for support!
Another thing I've done is to treat myself to some online classes! There are so many great ones out there and so much to choose from! Ones that I have recently done are from Christy Tomilson, Jeanne Oliver, and Junelle Jacobson. If classes aren't for you or in the budget at the moment check out Youtube! This is a great source of inspiration and techniques! There are so many styles out there to look at and this is a fun way to find them!
So it's a work in progress, but I am loving my creative/journaling time and find that it has really helped me to cope with some not so fun things and is teaching me many new things! It's something I hope to continue! I've learned so much about myself and enjoyed the process and that's what matters right now is the joy of creating! I'm hoping to share more a long the way. I hope you join me! I have found that any type of journaling is a benefit to us all! It can be as simple as just a notebook and a favorite pen! Do what makes you happy and feels right to you! There are many great things that come from journaling, but that's a whole post itself!
I would also love to see what your creating if you want to share your blog or links in the comments! Thanks for all the support and inspiration along the way!