What I have found is that art begets art! Once you start making art, you want to create more, and starting gets the creative juices flowing! We just have to turn the ignition on to begin!
Here is some of the self talk that may keep us from getting started: I don't really know what I am doing; I am not very good at this; no one will care about what I make; people will laugh; art doesn't pay; why does it matter?
I would like to suggest some healthy "back talk" for that kind of thinking:
- There is no need to know what you are doing. If you have an instinct to create that is more than half the battle! Just start working intuitively with whatever media you may be drawn to such as paints or colored pencils or scrapbook materials and see what forms on the paper. Then, don't judge...just be with your creation.
- Take a class to build some confidence. This can be a one time only class or a longer 6-week course in drawing or painting or collage. There are so many classes available.
- Get together with friends who like to create and work on a project together -- you bounce ideas off of one another, and this gets the creative mind in gear. My weekly art group is so dear to me, and we inspire each other.
- Start small if that feels right. Don't worry about an entire scrapbook for instance, just do one page and see how that feels.
- Who cares what other people think about your art or your craft? This is for you. It is simply one form of expression -- like talking, or dancing.
So get started dear ones! Here are photos of a journal page that Lissa McKinley and I each did on a theme we chose while sitting in a coffee shop. The theme we chose was: "From Chaos to Grounded". We did these sketches quickly -- in about 10 minutes -- without thinking much about it to just get an image and an idea on paper.