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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

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Making time for creativity

It is very difficult to find the time in our very busy lives to paint, write and explore. My intention with this blog post is to give you a few tips and tricks to ease the process. 

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1. Make yourself a creative box / tote

I am sure you already have one in your space. Find a nice box or a nice tote to organize your creative tools. 

Here are a few examples; 

Painting tote:  I placed in this bag (see image below): Watercolor, a watercolor sketchbook, pencils, brushes, a container for water and a little piece of cotton. Whenever I feel like painting, I just get everything out and place everything back in when I am done. I could also leave the house with it and paint outside :)

Creative box: A pencil, a notebook, some inspiring magazines, glue and scissors. A perfect way to write more, take notes about creative ideas, glue different images and get creative!    

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2. Put your box in a space where you will be creating. 

Do not store your box or tote somewhere you will not use it. Leave it close to your favorite place to create. 

If you don’t have a space that you like, try to create one. A cozy little corner in your home where you could add a table and a chair to motivate you even more. 

Here are a few inspiring creative nooks;

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3. Add some creative time blocks to your agenda. 

Set an alarm to make sure you don't forget. I think it helps to create a block in your agenda dedicated to a creative project. Or else you might never take the time. 

I hope this is helpful !

xxxxx

Lysa

 

Letting go - with watercolor

We all have various activities that make us feel totally free. You might be aware thatI love to run and swim. Although these two are very important in my life, painting is probably the best way for me to let go and de-stress.  

When I feel anxious or lost I tend to work on paper. I guess it is because it is very easy. I grab a piece of paper, watercolor and a brush. That's it. 

If you feel like trying it too here are two simple steps to de-stress with watercolor. 

1. Have watercolor, a cup, paper and a brush handy. So that every time you need to de-stress or when you feel like painting you have these items close. 

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2. Explore, look around you... are there textures, flowers or items that you want to look at and represent in your own way on paper? A color in particular, lines, or shapes you want to paint or draw. Let your mind go. Explore, try, make mistakes...it is totally okay. Paint what feels good. 

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I hope this is helpful for someone. Watercolor has made me calmer in busy days and I find it amazing as a meditative tool. 

xxxxx

Lysa