What is good about the new year is that it gives a feeling we can start over with a clean slate.
Last year, I got about four adult coloring books and a few pens and paper for calligraphy. I told myself I would inject a few hours each day to at least paint and practice lettering.
Sadly, the year is about to end and I have touched one of the books only once. And so the other day, I made an effort to clean and organize my things. I also displayed my coloring books near my workstation. They should be visible in order for me to use them. If they are kept in my storage box, they will remain there forever.
So what am I driving at?
Calligraphy, drawing, and painting are self-expression. I always believe each piece has a life of its own. It mirrors our soul, and even our state of being – happy, gloomy, or ecstatic. The same manner that it becomes instrumental for us to release our emotions to welcome a new and hopefully, a richer and more positive one.
I would like to share with you then a few tips on how to give art some time from our busy lives.
Find your spot
This is your preferred place for relaxation, and most probably the same place you would like to sketch, draw or doodle. It is the place that calms you down and makes you feel so relaxed.
Do not overthink
Often, we overthink that even a supposedly relaxed task becomes scarier than it actually is. Our aim to inject art into our lives is to relax and not stress us. Do not worry about color coordination and pattern and structure. Be free, bold, and expressive. Art is about expression, in the first place, and not perfection.
There is this quote I once read and I often recite it to myself whenever I feel too negative.
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The world around us is full of inspiration and beautiful things. We just need to appreciate them. Sometimes when we can’t find an inspiration, we can hunt it down. Because once we’ve searched for inspiration, it will certainly boost our enthusiasm and spark creativity.
Always be prepared
Perhaps you’re at the peak of a mountain and you’ve thought of something worth writing or drawing. Don’t hesitate to put it into an art then. Take advantage of the view and that force pushing you to doddle, write, or draw. However, you should always be prepared. If you could always bring even a compact doodle book or your coloring book. Sometimes, you never know when an inspiration strikes.
What is nice about our world today is technology. Take advantage of it then. Watch tutorials on the internet. You may also opt to attend online classes. These tutorials and classes are what would further enhance your talent. From there, you could learn new tricks or tips perhaps to save on ink, for instance, when you do calligraphy.
Be daring and brave. Do not be afraid to commit a mistake. Art is self-expression and in self-expression, there is no right and wrong.
Don’t hold back as well. Do not be afraid that others would disapprove your work. It’s only yourself being your worst critic. Again, be bold. Be free. And be yourself.