GUEST POST – Inspiration and Creativity

Daisy's Guest Post

Today the fabulous Daisy, the Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle blogger behind Daisy’s World, is going to talk to you all about how (and why) she tries to keep inspiration and creativity in her life. So without further ado, over to you Daisy!

Hi all,

Daire and I were both looking for bloggers to write guest posts for us and we thought it would be a good idea to write one for each other; she requested a post on creativity and inspiration so today I’m going to share the things that inspire me and the creative projects I work on daily to keep me busy.

I am a Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle blogger over at Daisy’s World. Daire and I were both looking for bloggers to write guest posts for us and we thought it would be a good idea to write one for each other so today I am going to share the things that inspire me and the creative projects I work on daily to keep me busy, while she tells my readers how fashion inspires her artwork

Inspiration

I think it is extremely important to be inspired, it keeps you focused and motivated in achieving your personal goals. I would love to own my own house one day, have a successful blog and an enjoyable job. I use the below tips to keep me moving in the right direction in accomplishing these. Hopefully you will be able to apply them to your own life.

Other People:

Whatever you are hoping to achieve you can be inspired by other people. If you are trying to lose weight for example, other success stories will keep you motivated and prove that your goals are achievable. You can look at why they have been successful and use those tips yourself. I use this in my blogging – I may like a person’s writing style, an idea they have used or how they have designed their blog. I will never copy an idea but I will develop it in my own way to suit me.

Travel:

When you travel it gives you time to re-evaluate your life and realise what is important. You will see the world in a new light and it may make you change your opinion on your hopes for the future. Being away from home and travelling makes me appreciate my friends and family, as I miss them when I am away.

Experiences:

The more experience you gain the more you will realise what makes you happy. Gaining work experience from several companies for example, will help you decide the career that is best for you. I have only been blogging for three months and since then I have written about several different topics. I have done this so I am able to discover which category suits me best and which topics I will continue to write about.

Words:

The words of others can be really powerful and can change the way you feel about a situation. One quote that I like is ‘Stop waiting for things to happen. Go out and make them happen’. This quote really encourages you to take charge of your life and confirms that you need to work towards your goals if you want to achieve them.

Creativity

 It is important to be creative to show your individuality. Whether you like to write, draw or make, it is fun to be unique. Writing a blog in itself is creative – I have set up a website where I write, edit and develop my ideas, and in order to stand out it is important to be different. At the moment I am into nail art, it is a fun way to make different designs with many colours and techniques. I would like to introduce more creativity into my life. This year one of my New Year’s Resolutions is to make something; whether it is a gift, something for the home or something to wear, I plan to make something.

I hope you have enjoyed reading my guest post today. I would love to know what inspires you and how you bring creativity into your life.

Love Daisy x

Thank you for visiting us today Daisy, we hope to see you again soon!

D x

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Inspiration Photos

So today is day 17 of the blogging challenge hosted by Rosalilium, and the prompt of the day is Walk to Work. Describe or photograph your walk to work. Or journey to work if you use transport. Is it pretty or incredibly dull? Can you find something of interest on your way?

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know about my compulsion to take ‘inspiration photos’. Inspiration photos are what I use to inspire drawings, doodles and art journal pages whenever I’m feeling a bit stumped, or want to try something a bit new. I get inspired by these photos in different ways. Sometimes I’ll draw exactly what I’ve taken a photo of. Sometimes I’ll let the shapes of the subject inspire different patterns and doodles. Sometimes I’ll use a colour palette that features in a photo. Sometimes I’ll incorporate the composition of the photo but change the different elements. The possibilities are pretty much endless. Having said that, I seem to take hundreds of these photos, but I only ever use one or two.

Today I took a batch of ‘inspiration photos’ on my way to work:

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I think I might set myself a little challenge, to try to push my creativity a bit more, and use some of these photos the way I always intend to (but rarely get round to)…. would you be interested in seeing my creations up on this blog?

D x

On what keeps me sane

Today’s topic for Blog Every Day in May with Rosalilium is: Fit and healthy. What do you do to stay fit or be a healthy individual. Share any tips or advice/plans to get healthier.

My answer to this is simple. I make art. I know what you’re thinking… art doesn’t make you fit. Painting will not tone your stomach. Lugging around huge boxes of art supplies might build muscle, but generally, it’s not going to make you physically fit. However, there was a six month period after finishing my A-Levels where I just didn’t do any art. I was completely burnt out, and I’d had such a horrible experience of tutors telling me my art was naff… I just couldn’t be bothered anymore. But living without creativity… that’s the most unhealthy I’ve ever felt. I was grumpy, I was unmotivated, I couldn’t focus on anything. This all changed when I finally opened up my sketchbook again.

So today I want to talk about one of my favourite things in the world, and the one thing that keeps me sane: art journaling. I have been experimenting with art journals for about four years now. The first two years don’t really count, as they were art-journals-for-ALevel-credit instead of art-journals-for-creative-fun. The third year is the year I always say I ‘started’ art journaling, and it was filled with hours of research and experimentation. Much fun was had. The fourth year I took two online workshops: 21 Secrets (hosted by Connie Hozvicka) and a free mini-course by Traci Bautista called Doodles Unleashed. And with these, I discovered that I absolutely loved learning from this online community of artists, and just letting other people inspire me. This year, I pretty much went off my head and started a bunch of online workshops, and although cramming them all in limits the ‘just me’ journaling I get done, surrounding myself with all these amazing, but oh-so-different artists is beyond inspiring.

Art journaling is just so low pressure it’s unreal. You can literally scribble on all the pages if you want to. You can glue in random receipts. You can create works of art or you can draw stick men. You can write out to do lists, you can doodle to your heart’s content or you can play around with journal prompts. The whole point is that you’re free to do whatever you want. To see a little bit of my art journaling, have a browse through the categories in the sidebar–>

D x

P.S. Seeing as I bring them into a lot of my blog posts, I thought I’d give you a summary of all the classes I’m taking part in this year, and what I think of them:

Doodles Unleashed Video Kit Club (Traci Bautista)

This art ‘kit’ includes three workshops (Inspiration+Mark Making, Girlie Glam Faces and Type+Letters) and six bonus projects. I absolutely love it. This is probably the class that has helped me discover the things I love to do in my art. Each workshop is broken down into (number) lessons and each lesson includes videos and PDF’s (which you can keep). As the workshop ran its course last year, all the lessons are self-guided. I actually prefer that as you really can just work at your own pace, there’s no pressure to keep up with everyone else. For more information, click on the link above.

Life Book (Tamara Laporte)

Life Book is a year-long art journaling course that includes one lesson per week. A number of artists have designed lessons, and all have such different styles that you really do learn a lot. Life Book also focuses on a lot of personal development exercises (which are entirely optional), I generally work through the arty parts but the meditative, self-analysing parts make me feel a little bit uncomfortable sometimes. All the videos and supporting PDF’s are downloadable, which is great as the course gets taken down at the end of the year. For information on how to register, click here. To see some the Life Book pages I’ve created so far, click Life Book in the category section of the sidebar –>

Inky Doodles (Michelle Houghton)

This was a six-week course that ran in January, and I think this was the second run of the class (it ran for the first time last summer). Unfortunately it isn’t available in a self-paced format, so if you wanted to purchase it you would have to wait for it to go live again… but once you’ve got it you have lifetime access. I did enjoy this class, but I feel that it was aimed more towards people who aren’t comfortable drawing or haven’t really grasped doodling… and as doodling is kind of my thing, I probably didn’t get as much out of it as others might. I’ve already posted about Lesson 1, Lesson 2 and Lesson 3 of Inky Doodles, I’ll share the rest with you at  a later date.

Whimsy & Wonder (Alisa Burke)

I wrote an introductory post to this class last week (click here to see it). This is a great class for those who create art on a daily basis and those who are contemplating getting back into art. I would wholeheartedly recommend this class to anyone, Alisa has a great teaching style and there’s no way you can not love her! Check out her blog for sneak peaks at her amazing artwork and other online classes.

21 Secrets (Connie Hozvicka)

This is a workshop that runs from April to December and contains 21 classes, each taught by a different artist. I took 21 Secrets last year, but I started mid way through and didn’t have much time to work through all the classes. This year I signed up the day it went live, so I won’t miss a second! There is such variety, I love it! This is probably the one workshop that has inspired me try something completely new. Sometimes these end up as failed experiments, sometimes there’s some art magic going on! The teachers and students on this course offer feedback and guidance all year round, which I love. Click the link above for info on how to register.

As you can see, I’m a busy little beaver right now. With a full-time job, an English degree and a blogging addiction you’d think I’d have enough on my plate without this self-imposed art curriculum, but I wouldn’t give it up for anything!

If you have any other art workshops, challenges, webinars etc that you’d like to recommend, feel free to leave me a comment below!

P.P.S. As someone who is pretty damn busy, I don’t have a lot of time to invest in the gym (and team sports just bring me horrific P.E. lesson flashbacks), but here are some the things I incorporate into everyday life to stay physically healthy:

– I walk everywhere (non-optional due to lack of car, but it definitely has its benefits)

– Eat breakfast every day (helps avoid headaches, snacking and humongous arguments)

– Run up the stairs instead of taking the lift (the minimum being three flights a day)

– Keep a glass of water on my desk/by my bed (as then I’ll absent-mindedly keep myself hydrated)

– Cook my own food as much as possible (so I can control what goes in)

– Dance whenever I can (even if I embarrass those around me…)

– Sleep as much as possible (this is the one I keep to least often though, no time!)

Blogging

If you’ve been with me since the beginning, you’ll know I used to be crap at keeping a blog. But for the past few months I’ve really been getting sucked into this cyberworld, and now I can’t really imagine my life without. I’m constantly seeing things in my everyday life that make me think ‘I should really blog about that’.

Here’s my problem: I kind of feel like my blog is getting boring. I seem to have a pretty regular schedule of posts (Quirky Crafts challenge, reading suggestions, book review and art journal friday) and I feel like I need to mix it up a bit…

I’ve had a few ideas… I could share some of my (slightly eccentric) recipes, some of my sources of arty inspiration, more about me as a person, maybe start posting some of the art I did when I was still too scared to put it online. What do you think? Are there things you’re getting bored of? Are there things that you love? Be honest. Be brutal.

D x

Inspiration Photos – Sugar Skulls

So the monthly art journal theme on Wild Soul Arts is ‘Sugar Skulls’. I’ve seen these a lot in other people’s artwork, and they can be absolutely stunning. As much as I really wanted to try my own I wasn’t too sure where to start, so I decided to go on a little quest for inspiration. Luckily, as the October is the month of worldwide Halloween obsession, this wasn’t too hard to find… Here are some of my inspiration photos, that will probably creep into my art at some point. I hope they inspire you to create something festive too!

Some of these are definitely less sugary than others, but I had so much fun on my little treasure hunt, I don’t even care! Have a great weekend guys, hopefully I’ll be back soon with some art based on these photos!

D x

P.S. Because I just can’t resist sharing a few more…

        

Art Journal Inspirations – Effy Wild!

One thing that I get asked about A LOT is where I find my inspiration… how do I decide what to draw? There are so many things in this world that inspire me, if I were to include all of them here this post would take me days to write…. but I will share one with you right now.

Looking at the work of other artists is one of my favourite ways to find inspiration, or learn about methods and techniques I could try. Sometimes looking at the art of others will inspire me to use a particular colour, or an unusual tool, or maybe encourage me to try to draw something I would usually. But occasionally, other artist’s will inspire a complete piece of work. Here’s an example of an art journal page I created this week:

(Materials used: acrylic paint, black Sharpie, Paintastics brush pens and Papermania gold marker)

This piece, regretfully, did not spring out of my mind spontaneously, it was inspired by the fabulous Effy Wild… check out this video:

A lot of people harp on a lot about being completely original… but if you have to force it then it’s really no fun. Sometimes trying things others have tried is a great way to get yourself out of a creative rut. So if, like me, you ever feel a bit stuck, look through pictures on Flickr or Pinterest, search for painting videos on Youtube, read a new blog or two…. OR join Effy’s amaaazing artist’s network: Wild Soul Arts.

Hope you’ve all had a great week!

D x

P.S. Effy is also hosting a GIGANTIC giveaway to celebrate the opening of Wild Soul Arts. Click here for more information.

Being disorderly…

“One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.” – A. A. Milne

The man who dreamt up Eeyore was undoubtedly very wise…

I spent most of my weekend unpacking boxes. A more organized person than myself would have probably sorted through their belongings before boxing them up and dragging to the new house. But not I. I’m slightly ashamed to say I swept the contents of my desk into a box without even looking at what was in there; the same can be said of all drawers, shelves and wardrobes… but in my defense I  had very little time to do all this packing- my last exam came three days before the moving date. Obviously I did not know at the time that the moving date would be pushed back four times…

Anyway, as I was saying, my packing was disorderly. I assumed that this would make the unpacking torturous and time consuming, and I was slightly right. However, the rediscovering of things forgotten was great. I got to organize all my art supplies into one place (instead of constantly being surrounded by teetering piles), all my clothes got hung up in my new wardrobe and things got sorted into shiny new storage boxes. (I fully acknowledge that I am sad and easy to please.) As I was going through all of my random piles of crap, it was just so, so easy to get distracted! I kept finding new things I wanted to read, or watch, or play with. And I’ve definitely found inspiration for my ‘Art Journal Every Day’ project… exciting!

Having said that, if I’m AWOL for a few days, it just means I’ve reached the less than exciting boxes (bank statements, pay slips, phone bills…) and am endeavouring to get them out of the way.

Enjoy your Mondays!