Running a business, looking after a family, generally dealing with whatever life brings your way means that sometimes creativity, hobbies and having fun, sometimes gets moved down to the bottom of our agenda.
The problem with that is that creativity has so many benefits: it allows us time and space to think, helps us to solve problems, encourages creative thinking. Without creativity we can feel like something is missing. So, we thought we would put together our favourite ways to stay creative.
1. Spend some time every week being creative. Schedule time for yourself to paint for no other reason than it makes you happy. It doesn't have to be a project - it could be a practice sheet or doodling a new pattern that you can add to your journal. It can be so easy to brush these activities aside when we have so much to do but just a small activity can boost your mood.
2. Do something different. Try something you haven't done before or something you used to make time for but don't anymore. Bake a cake, go into your garden, read a book. Breaking out of your routine even if just for 5 or 10 minutes can uplift and inspire you.
3. Browse. We love nothing better than leafing through our Decorative painting books or searching Pinterest. There will be things we have seen or read
many times before, but sometimes we see things with fresh eyes and filled with ideas and inspiration. For example, finding this picture has recently inspired monochromatic projects reminiscent of this style.
4. Think outside of the box. Like the card we painted (above), sometimes we need to throw down the pattern booklet and just play. Try things we have never painted before or new surfaces
we haven't painted before. Sometimes these experiments won't work but sometimes they will amaze you. We may have said it before but we never stop learning and this is the reason why!
5. Practice. From mixing colours
, practice is key. No one is perfect and just practicing our technique and playing with colour can inspire new colour schemes, build confidence and trigger new ideas.
These are our favourite five but there are so many other ways to stay creative. It is so important, we have a board
dedicated to creativity - after all without the desire to create where would WE be?