Artsy Fun: Get Started!

Today in Artsy Fun I want to share 3 tips to help you get started and move your creative life forward when you’re stuck, frozen or have big time constraints.

1. Doodle. Scribble in fact. I used to do this when I was a kid but didn’t think it was all that useful until Milliande Demetriou’s video series CAPI  got me into it again. One of the exercises is to draw a square on a scrap piece of paper and then, without lifting your pen, do a free-form drawing in the box. Afterward, look at the lines and see if any forms stand out. She suggests going over the interesting bits with a red pencil. Later exercises have you choose one of the interesting forms and play with it, make a few thumbnail squares and try out different compositions with your inspiring form. This is a great way to loosen up and get things started. In fact, this exercise can even generate ideas for a series.

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Artsy Fun: Get Started- Backgrounds

2. No brain power for painting, scrapbooking, Artist Trading Cards or creating in general? No problem. Engage your creativity by making interesting backgrounds. You’ll feel better. Then you will be ready when the muse arrives. Sometimes just playing with colors and textures calls her to you. Sarinda Jones has a fantastic video about using gesso to make interesting backgrounds and Linda Germain has some great stuff about using gelatin printing to make beautiful backgrounds.


3. Get into your Zen-zone by gessoing art journal pages, mod-podging brown paper, swatching out your paints, markers etc. or making a stamper’s reference file of all your stamps and mark making tools. This busy work is part of creating too.

Get started and those creative juices will flow.

Hope this helps you shine today.

~ Julie



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