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Tips on Starting a Creative Practice

I thought I would take the time to share with you a few tips on how to start a creative practice. Having a creative habit can really change your perspective. Making space in your life to create can make your heart, brain and soul feel a little lighter, a little happier.

Important to remember : Each of us is born creative and creativity has nothing to do with being artistic.

“This is the real power of habit: the insight that your habits are what you choose them to be.” Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit

Photo : Charlotte Dussault

Photo : Charlotte Dussault

Creativity is not something you have just like that naturally. It is AUGMENTED by routine and habit. Creating a Good work habit is something extremely important if you wish to create powerfully.

Making space to embrace creativity in whatever form it presents itself to you builds confidence, exercises the mind, and creates new ways of thinking that is both therapeutic and transformative. There are plenty of ways to make room for creative living every day that require just a few minutes each day.

Here are a few tips ;

Rituals

Find a way to integrate a 10-15 minutes of a creative habit to your routine. At first a short daily dose of 10-15 minutes is all it takes. Wake up 15 minutes earlier or skip your scowling or Netflix routine for a little creative boost.

Remember : When you show up doing your creative activity, it wont be always beautiful, you might not feel inspired every single day… but whats important is that you will be creating something.

Do it for the process

Don’t start a creative habit with high expectations. Show up every single day and enjoy the process. For example if you are creating a painting habit, enjoy the process of painting itself. You must remove the burden of creating. You don’t have to create something that is “perfect,” “good” or “valuable.”

Make it special & keep an open mind

Create a space and a time for your creative habit. You can also add your material in a box or on a shelf close to your workspace in order to just get everything out and put everything back in when you are done. Keep an open mind. This is so important; make room for curiosity. Look at the world differently and open yourself to new possibilities without the fear of being right or wrong. You will probably see new connections and work your problems with a new point of view.


Here are a few example of creative habits you can add to your life :

Photo : Charlotte Dussault

Photo : Charlotte Dussault

Art journal : keep a sketchbook close and paint, sketch or doodle every morning. You can also write and do whatever you want in your journal.

Make a photo series : Take a photo of something everyday : it could be your outfit everyday for a year, your coffee, your breakfast or something nice you notice everyday on your commute to work. Anything really. This exercise will make you a lot more mindful of your surroundings.

Work on paper : Try to make a small painting or drawing everyday it could be a flower a day or a plant everyday or anything that you enjoy painting on a small piece of paper.

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.” 
― Twyla Tharp

if you wish to attend a workshop to kick start your creative journey please take a look at our workshops

sketchbook

Je dessine depuis que je suis toute petite. Je conserve des idées, des notes, des citations, des croquis dans divers carnets. C'est comme un journal visuel. J'en ai encore un aujourd'hui et je l'utilise pour continuer à observer et à regarder autour de moi afin de représenter des perceptions de mon entourage et les émotions que je ressens.

J'ai l'impression que cela m'empêche d'oublier que tout ce qui nous entoure est si intéressant, beau et complexe.

Voici quelques photos de mon carnet de croquis. illustrant une partie de mon processus. D'habitude, j'y reviens quand je ne me sens en manque d'inspiration, c'est surtout un début de réflexion pour moi.

Je suis curieuse, avez-vous un carnet de croquis? Un cahier de notes, de textures ? et comment l'utilisez-vous?


I've been sketching and painting since I was little. Keeping ideas, notes, quotes, sketches in various notebooks my whole life. It's like a visual journal. I still have one today and use it to keep observing and looking around me in order to represent my perceptions of my surroundings and the emotions I feel.  

I feel like it keeps me from forgetting that everything around us is so interesting, beautiful and complex. 

Here are a few photos of my sketchbook. illustrating some of my process. I usually go back to it when i'm feeling out of ideas, it is mostly a thought starter for me. 

I am curious, do you have a sketchbook ? A notebook ? and how do you use it?


A small sketch that inspired a larger piece. 

A small sketch that inspired a larger piece. 

Watercolours in Kamouraska 

Watercolours in Kamouraska 

Colour palette 

Colour palette 

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Flower sketches

Flower sketches

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A tiny handmade sketchbook

A tiny handmade sketchbook