5 Ways to Find Inspiration as an Artist

Don’t you just love that feeling that you get when you look at a finished project that you gave your all? As artists, we feel a sense of accomplishment and pure happiness when we know that we just created another masterpiece.

But the truth is, no matter how much we love art, finding an original idea for a new creation can be a challenge; especially while we balance our hobby with the other areas of our life. As a fellow artist, I can say that just about all of us have been through this at one point or another. But the truth is, inspiration is inevitable–sometimes, we just need to switch things up a little.

Here are some ways that I’ve learned to find inspiration as an artist.

1) Don’t Procrastinate and Show Up — No art is going to get made if we procrastinate and avoid making anything. Inspiration can be as simple as sitting at your creative space and brainstorming ideas. Art doesn’t need to be perfect or super technical. What matters most is that it stays true to what we believe and who we are. We can spark our creative sides when we simply show up and remain present.

2) Just Doodle — Letting go of trying to make everything perfect and just going with the flow can be a big help in the art department. If you’re a perfectionist like me, it’s only natural to want to plan everything to a T. And while planning your art can be a good thing, if you’ve run out of ideas, why not just get inspiration as you go? The process can be more fun when your in the moment (and present) using your creativity to create something beautiful.

3) Make Art Inspired by What and Who You Love — I can tell you from experience that some of my favorite art is the works that are inspired by important aspects of my life. Whether you want to use your faith, family, other hobbies, or the work of another artist that you look up to, make art based on what’s familiar. Just remember that when finding inspiration from other creators (which is always a great idea) please don’t copy their work, but instead use it as a source of creativity.

4) Take an Art Class — You want to be inspired? Consider finding opportunities to be around other artists. When we put ourselves in classes that allow us to interact with other creators (safely, of course) we are gaining ideas from each other, and learning new techniques to incorporate into our art.

5) Try a Different Platform or Medium– Some people prefer traditional art. Others prefer virtual. And the last section enjoys both. If you are used to one platform to create, I would recommend branching out and trying a different medium or a different way to make your art. This change doesn’t need to be permanent. Instead, it could be a way for you to try something different.

Art comes in many different forms, and inspiration is always present. Being in the moment and constantly trying new things are amazing ways to improve as an artist. I hope that with these tips, you will find yourself flourishing with creativity.

Have a beautiful and blessed day everyone! Thanks for reading! 🎨

5 Simple Ways to Boost Your Creativity

Creativity is a form of self-expression. It is how we can use our imaginations to create something original, unique, and true to who we are. And guess what: creativity is not just limited to writers and artists. If we take the time to look, creativity is all around us, and there are opportunities to be creative in our day-to-day lives.

However, sometimes it can be difficult to find new ways to be creative. So, here are 5 simple (and fun) ways to give your sense of innovation a big boost! Let’s get started.

1. Invest in an idea journal.

To be honest, ideas run in our heads every day. Even though most of them can be random, starting with a random idea and using that to create something new is a huge part of what creativity is all about. So, I would recommend keeping a journal where you store all of your ideas. Whether you fill it with a formatted list or quirky doodles, an idea journal filled with all of your random thoughts is sure to get your creative juices flowing!

2. Read every day.

When reading a good book, we are transported into a new world with diverse characters, personallities, places, and events. Reading is a great way to boost your sense of innovation as you widen your imagination to new possibilities. Besides, when we read we are also increasing our ability to concentrate, which can be a great skill for coming up with new, productive and innovative ideas.

3. Create (or maintain) a lively workspace.

It’s pretty likely that we all have a certain space that we use for creating, whether it be an office, workspace, or a simple desk with some supplies in your room. If you don’t have a creative space of some sort, I would definitely recommend one to get you more creatively in tune.

Okay, so stay with me–I’m gonna create a scenario. Let’s say your workspace had gray walls, a plain white desk, no windows, and no color whatsoever. Chances are your creative thinking skills aren’t living up to their best standard. If we want to find new ways to be creative, we should make our workspace and environments reflect that desire. It’s much easier to be innovative in a personalized, lively room rather than a space without any oomph.

4. Step out of the box.

If we can’t step out of the box, then that means that we could be limiting ourselves from other great possibilities. Every now an again, it can be a good thing to try something new and use our imaginations. So I encourage you to try that new art technique, write about something great that you haven’t seen before, and not to be afraid to bounce off a random thought–sometimes its the most random ideas that can turn into the most beautiful creations.

5. Take a break.

Patience is a virtue in all circumstances, and, you guessed it—that includes creativity. There might be times where you just can’t think of any ideas, and that isn’t anything to be ashamed of. If you ever find yourself stuck, step away from your desk and continue on with your day. The right idea will come at the right time, and when that fantastic idea does come, I’m sure you’ll be glad that you took some time to clear your mind.

Creativity shouldn’t be difficult–it should be fun! And that’s exactly why creativity is a part of every day. What we wear, what we cook, what we write, what we make, and what we do can all be ways to be innovative and creative. So, don’t be afraid to step out of the box and try something different–the amazing possibilities are endless!

Have a beautiful, blessed, and happy day, everyone! ✨