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Aug 12

Make Time for Art by Vanesa Gomez

Posted on August 12, 2021 at 1:40 PM by Genesis Gaule

It happened again. The empty feeling after you finish bingeing a Netflix series. You aimlessly search for another show to fill the void the last one left. Your first instinct might be to look up more about the show you just watched, to see if there was anything you missed, or if there’s anything similar. Or maybe you end up scrolling through a rotation of the same 5 apps until bedtime. Either way, you wish you could switch up your routine and break those habits. Incorporating creativity into your everyday life can be the perfect way to do both.

Reading through Art Before Breakfast: a zillion ways to be more creative, no matter how busy you are by Danny Gregory, it was like having a mind reader predict every question and doubt addressed as I was having it. Gregory’s conversational tone was both fun and informative, and reassured me that creating this new habit would not become just another thing to add to my to-do list, but something I would forward to each day.

Craftivism: the Art of Craft and Activism by Betsy Greer is a great way to get involved in a cause you are passionate about in a creative way. Any craft can be a tool for a good cause, whether you create to promote an organization, sell your craft to raise money, or teach others how to use their resources to support ethically sourced and produced items.

If you are looking to strengthen artistic technique, Drawing is for Everyone by Kateri Ewing is a great way to jumpstart your new creative habits. Ewing encourages readers to leave their expectations and self criticism at the door, and simply find joy in the process rather than fear in the result. With lessons and guidance in graphite, color pencil, and ink, the possibilities are endless!

What people think is natural born talent is the hard work of someone that allowed themselves to learn their skills. Creating without the fear of failing is the first step to a happier outlook. No matter what style or medium you choose to do your art in, the joy of creating will be worth it. 

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