Embracing Creativity



When I was younger, I desperately wanted to draw. My dad is one of those people with natural artistic abilities. He can paint, draw, carve intricate designs in wood and make it look easy. My sister is the one who gained this artistic ability. My brain just doesn't process shapes the right way. I remember being in art class and see it come so effortlessly to my classmates while I wanted to cry.

So, I resigned myself to being a fan of art, instead of an any kind of artist myself. Then I got into Midori Traveler's Notebooks. A lot of people use their Midoris for art journaling. Again, I told myself, "that's swell, but not for you." Then it dawned on me...why not?

So, I found myself on Creative Bug, looking at their classes. Sure enough, they have a watercolor 101 class. I've been saving watercolor prints on etsy right and left, I just love the look. It never crossed my mind that I could make simple watercolors myself. So, I watched the video. The instructor made it seem so easy. And the supplies aren't too much to get started. From there, I watched classes on art journaling. It's freeing to know that you don't have to be perfect, especially if you're just journaling for yourself. It also seemed just so relaxing, watching the water and pigment swirl on the paper to make beautiful designs.

Writing is always going to be my main creative outlet. But with writing comes so much that is out of my control. Sales, covers, publicity, that sort of thing. All I can control is the writing and hope for the best. With art, journaling, planning, all the other things that make me happy, I'm completely in control. And that is a freeing feeling!

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