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The chances are that many of you may be reading this and thinking “I’m not creative, I could never paint a masterpiece or write a novel.” And, as an adult or adolescent, you wouldn’t be alone in thinking that. As we age our creativity is cultivated less and less. But as children, we’re taught to use our imaginations in order to play with our toys or create artwork in pre-school. As we grow older things become more calculated and in line with societal norms. So, that feeling of having lost your creativity isn’t unusual. But the truth is everyone has the ability to be creative in some way whether it be in the kitchen, the office or even playing video games.
“Have you been redesigning your island on Animal Crossing or fabricating a world within The Sims? It all requires creativity and, baby, you got it!”
Creativity promotes new ideas, helps our ability to solve problems, reduces stress and anxiety, and also acts as a way of self-expression. There are so many mind-altering benefits to being creative that not only encourage development in children but can also be very useful as a fully-fledged adult.
Why be creative?
I’ve talked about the many benefits of art on our mental health before, and honestly, the effects of creativity are very similar.
- Being creative, no matter how you choose to do it, is an excellent way of promoting self-expression. Children are encouraged to paint, draw, and colour as a way of expressing how they feel. At a young age, we’re not adequately able to say what we mean, however as we get older we better learn how to communicate our wants, needs, and feelings to others in different ways. Therefore many of us feel like we no longer need art or creativity to convey these things. We fall out of the way of tapping into our creativity and, eventually, many forgot they even had any to begin with.
- Stress relief is honestly my main reason for tapping into my creativity. I thought I’d left it behind me when I entered my ‘dream‘ career. Before I would have spent hours writing fiction, sketching, painting, and even designing Sims on the PC. But as soon as I clocked in, my creative side clocked out. I had no way of relieving my stress and so it just continued to build until my cup was completely empty.
- By tapping into our creative side we’re better equip to come up with out of the box, problem-solving ideas! Not everything requires a straight forward answer, and often when at work or leisure, we’re faced with unusual circumstances. Having the ability to see beyond the usual solutions, and to come up with something completely different is a very useful skill to have and one that employers will often praise.
- Oh, and let’s not forget creative freedom! The freedom to create what you want, in whatever way you want. When J.R.R. Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings he not only created an entire universe, but he also created various languages, and creatures to go with it!
Five Small & simple ways you can be creative.
Keep a journal.
We’ve talked about keeping a journal and all the benefits it entails. Journals give us the opportunity to express ourselves in private. Although you can choose to keep a public journal, I find keeping a physical, private one to be much more freeing. Whether it’s physical or digital, you should use your normal as a way of being creatively free. You can draw, colour, write, scrapbook: The possibilities of a journal are endless.
If you’re on the hunt for some inspiration Design Bundles has a variety of both free and paid content. You can find anything from photoshop brushes to patterned backdrops that you can print and use in many different ways. My personal favourite is this gorgeous wolf design that I’ve printed and stuck in my own, personal diary.
Up-cycle old furniture.
Since moving into my own home over two years ago, I’ve acquired my fair share of vintage furniture. Many items came from family and friends, while others came from thrift stores. I LOVE sanding, stripping down, and re-cycling various pieces of furniture and decorations. It’s fairly simple too! Head onto Pinterest or Youtube and follow a simple tutorial to get you started. But be warned, once you start you’ll never want to stop!
I created this gorgeous picture for my bathroom using old skirting boards for the frame, cardboard for the backdrop & traditional tattoo prints for the main images! It took about three days to complete and I absolutely love it.
Whether you’re a blogger, Instagram influencer, or just like to update your Facebook timeline with personal quotes, there’s nothing like messing around on photoshop to get the creative juices flowing. If you’re a bit like me and useless with Adobe, you can always opt to use browser-based apps like Canva!
Need some inspiration? Design bundles have a multitude of graphics to choose from in both the free and paid category. You can even import them into Canva to create Pinterest images, blog headers, and even Instagram stories.
Create art using old, outdated canvases.
Bought a few canvas, put them up but now you’re sick of them? I do this all the time, especially when they’re cheap or on sale. But I don’t buy them to put up immediately. I buy them to paint over or modify to suit the vibe of a certain room. I’ve recycled so many canvases using acrylics, wall stickers, leftover wall paint, etc to create images more suited to what I need.
There are always cheap canvases available in thrift stores or bargain shops. Even if you don’t like the design, get it anyway and jazz it up in any way you want. It’s one of the best ways to leave your own mark on your home or the home of a friend.
Send decorative letters.
COVID-19 has left a lot of people communicating via messenger and even snail mail. My late grandmother and I always used to send letters to each other and these would often be beautifully decorated with a variety of stickers and coloured paper. Just sitting down to write and decorate a letter for a loved one can be a cathartic experience. Not only are you being creative in the way you write and design your letter, but you’re also putting thought into a personal letter for someone you love.
I’ve been using quite a few floral designs from the Flower (SVG) section of Design Bundles to decorate some of my letters. There are so many designs to choose from that I can’t help picking up some watercolor backgrounds to write on!