Creativity of Courage

Before taking my courage and deciding to sell my button creations I spent a lot of time around Pinterest navigating the blogosphere to look for inspiration and tips on how to be creative and do something that I love.

“Creativity takes courage” Mattise.

by Najada Phoenix

Before taking my courage and deciding to sell my button creations I spent a lot of time around Pinterest navigating the blogosphere to look for inspiration and tips on how to be creative and do something that I love.

Below are some of the tips I have been gathering and I have been implementing in my starting of creative way of life.

1. Get outside, explore nature
Mother nature is one of the best inspirations out there. A short walk in the park does miracles to relax and inspire you on color combination and painting or drawing shapes.

2. Get away from the computer
Yes you can be creative with internet, apps and what not these days. But it is way more creative and rewarding if you just sit outside with a notebook and write, scribble or doodle whatever comes into your mind. Which brings me to the next one.

3. Always carry a notebook
I get some of the best ideas or inspirations in the middle of the night or as I am just going for a walk with my little ones. Window-shopping anyone? Enter those ideas in a piece of paper to explore and expand later.

4. Listen to music
I love listening to the music while drawing or thinking about my next piece. There are tons of lyrics to inspire you to write a note, a letter or even create a painting.

5. Most importantly surround yourself with creative people
Yes, criticism is healthy but avoid and cross out people that just want to bring you down and are negative. Positive vibes are the best for creativity.

6. Watch movies
I love when I just stumble upon some movies from my teenage years. Just the other night I stumbled upon ‘Oxford blues’ and although watching a very young and cheesy acting Rob Lowe felt different this time around, it gave me the inspiration to create a piece based on his famous red car.

7. Practice, practice, practice
Practice makes you perfect. You make a mistake the first time, do it again. Practice what makes you happy. Even when I am remaking a piece for another client I do something different that comes from practicing or from experimenting.

8. Don’t beat yourself up
Even to the best of the best it happens to not like what they finish at first site. Add something up, take something out. One day you will find your perfect creation. It is important for you to like it first then the others.

9. Finish something
Many times I find myself starting with a great inspiration to be cut by something else and then left in the middle. I am trying to teach myself to go back and finish whatever I started. Sometimes I make it even better after I come back or other times I just ruin it. But it is alright. At least I learned something in the process.

10. And to finish it, have fun
I have found that just opening a can of paint and mix it with another is relaxing. Open a jar of buttons to see the different shapes puts a smile in me and gives me the urge to create.

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~ Buttons On The Way ~

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