This is Day Five of the 12 Steps to Creativity: Embracing Your Creativity Challenge!
Check out Day Four: Inspiration here!
Check out Day Three: Imitation here!
Check out Day Two: Work Space here!
Check out Day One: Confidence here!
On the Fifth Day of Creativity Meghan gave to me: COMMUNITY.
|Image credit: Ryan Khatam | Flickr|
TIP 5 - Take classes or get together with other crafters. Sometimes the most inspiring thing is to be around other artistic people. Their excitement and enthusiasm for art and creating can get you going. Having a supportive community to be around will aid in your creativity. Go seek out classes that teach you how to do something new like crocheting, painting, making pottery, anything!
Get a group of friends together at your place and all practice watercolors. Someone may catch on quicker than the other - have them show you their technique. I did this with my friend Molly. We both really wanted to hone our watercolor skills and we sat down, watched some t.v., and just started messing around. We looked up tips and videos on the internet. When one of us understood something better we'd help the other. We aren't selling watercolor paintings now or anything, but we felt better about it and more excited about trying it again. Plus we enjoyed just hanging out and messing around with watercolors. I'm more of an exact painter so it took me a bit to get the watercolor technique but Molly is much more flowing with her art and she was able to help me along. After she left I kept messing around with them and will continue to try more stuff out!
TASK 5 - Look into local art classes. A lot of local community colleges offer art classes. You can take cake decorating classes at Michaels. Your local Tandy leather shop has awesome leather working classes. Check into your local home and garden shops for floral design classes. Look in your local newspaper or events paper for art, drawing, painting, quilting, sewing, crocheting classes or clubs. They are everywhere and can start with very basic skills and reach to more advanced skills.
Another option is to get a group of your friends together one night with the set task of eating, drinking, and creating. Make some snacks, get a couple bottles of wine, and find a project you all want to do - a watercolor painting like Molly and I tried, a front door wreath, or a Christmas ornament. Either sign up for ONE art class or do ONE get together with friends to awaken the crafting urges!!
Tell me what classes/groups you've found AND joined! Send me pics of your crafting get-togethers!
Leave me some comments on your thoughts on Day Five.
AND Stay tuned tomorrow for Day Six: PATIENCE!