How do I start being creative?

How do I start being creative?

Creativity!

by Kim Watermeyer

I often get asked: “How do I start being creative?”

The answer is: start. The usual reply is: “How?”

A lot of people want to be creative but have no idea of how to begin.

I have put together a little exercise. The point of the exercise is to do something creative every day … or every week. You can paint, draw, doodle, collage, take photograph, sculpt, etc … again, it’s all up to you. As long as you’re making a mark or doing something creative, you’ve taken your first giant step on a wonderful creative journey.

NOTE: Your art pieces don’t have to be masterpieces! It’s your chance to PLAY and experiment with all kinds of mediums if you want to. Some pieces may take you a couple of hours, and others a few minutes. The important discipline is, to make a mark! I found it easier to paint every day. It became part of my daily routine, like brushing my teeth.

SUGGESTION: Do the exercise with a friend. At the end of the month share your pieces over a cup of tea or glass of wine. It’s amazing how you get inspired by each other and you learn so much more too. It’s also an opportunity to share art materials which is great for experimenting.

The Exercise

Everyone has a busy schedule so it’s up to you how you want to approach this project.

I have given you 52 subject matters. Either you can create 7 different pieces over the week or just create one.

You’re in charge.

To start …. 

  • Choose a subject on the list (you don’t have to do them in order)
  • Choose a size and medium (pencil, paint, koki, camera etc)
  • Create something – anything!
  • Photograph it (keep a record). It’s always fun looking back throughout the year.
  • Cross the subject off the list
  • Next week: Choose another subject and repeat

The number one rule is: Have fun! The more fun you’re having, the more confidence you’ll gain! And the more confidence you gain, the more creative you’ll want to be. It’s a win-win really.

Before you know it, you’ll be looking at life differently. You’ll be more observant because everything becomes inspirational. Life is richer because of it. BE CREATIVE. BE A CREATIVE. CREATE. Life is brighter & lighter!

THE 52 SUBJECTS

You can do 7 pieces of art on one subject for the whole week, or attempt one piece (or more) for the week.

  1. Flower
  2. Gate
  3. Bug
  4. Tea cup
  5. Chair
  6. Shoe
  7. Tree
  8. Mountain
  9. Inspired by ‘Red’
  10. Hand
  11. Bicycle
  12. Cupcake
  13. Inspired by a photograph
  14. African ornament
  15. Pear
  16. Craft
  17. Clouds
  18. Sea
  19. Boots
  20. Keys
  21. Bag
  22. Books
  23. Egg
  24. Texture
  25. Gravestone
  26. Sandcastle
  27. Pattern
  28. Toothbrush
  29. Beach
  30. Shadow
  31. Washing
  32. Dance
  33. Toy
  34. Inspired by book / poem
  35. Pomegranate
  36. Road sign
  37. Pasta
  38. ‘Jenga’-like blocks
  39. Paint brush
  40. Fish
  41. Inspired by a song
  42. Nasturtiums
  43. Still life
  44. Jewellery
  45. Portrait
  46. Paw
  47. Feather
  48. Reflection
  49. Fire
  50. Animal
  51. Recipe
  52. Inspired by ‘sentimental’

FUNNY STORY:

  • On a couple of occasions I realised, while almost asleep, that I had not painted my’ pic-a-day’. I then jumped out of bed, dipped my finger in paint and smeared it across the paper. It was never great but I had made my mark and that was important to me.

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“The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.’ – Dieter F. Uchtdorf

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