Wednesday, February 1, 2012

How to be creative?

I'm gonna write this from my heart and own experience. What has worked for me in order to develop my creative skills. I used to think I wasn't so creative. Now I know the reason I thought like this. It was because I hadn't found myself. You have to discover who you truly are in order to create. This is because what you creates will reflect your personality, your values and your interests. I think it could be the opposite way too, you can keep creating and you will find who you truly are, through your creations. In my case was the first option, which I think is the best. Discover yourself first. And how you can discover who you truly are? It is not easy, it takes bravery the most of the time, and like almost everything in life it's a process that always has to be improved.

In my case what has worked to me is: Reading self improvement books, being with people I truly enjoy being with, accepting who I truly am, what I believe in, and lots of silence and solitude. You need to find and accept what goes with your true personality in order to be yourself. You need to learn to ignore the outside noise and listen to yourself. I think that's why creators and artists are considered as eccentric sometimes. Because they have found themselves and ignored the outside world and social parameters. I think that is worthy of admiration.

There are a lot of ways to create. You need to discover what truly full fill you. Just to name some ideas that will place you in the creative state of mind:


Art Journal 

Be Gentle with yourself

Be Present

Beading

Combine ideas that already exist to create your own 

Cook

Create new outfits that goes with your true self (more talk about this later) 

Crochet 

Decorate your surroundings with things that inspire you 

Define your own fashion style

Do the best you can with the resources you already have

Don't judge others

Don't judge yourself 

Don´t try to be perfect

Don't take anything for granted

Draw

Follow your intuition and make your own conclusions 

Involve yourself in the creative community like blogs and etsy.com 

Learn to play an instrument

Meditate

Observe and pay attention to the color combination of designs you like

Observe your surroundings

Photography 

Play like a child if you desire so 

Quilting 

Read creative blogs

Read things you enjoy 

Sewing

Simplify



In my case cute things and space between things inspire me 


Surround yourself with creative people

Watch inspiring pictures on Flickr, Instagram, etc. 

Write 

Work out

Yoga

Relax

You don’t even need to expend money taking classes of any of this. Watch youtube videos about any of the topic you are interested in to learn and get inspired. 

I'd love to read your ideas of how to be creative and what is your favorite creative activity. 

Please tell me in the comments section. 

10 comments:

  1. Is that your desk...? It's adorable! :)

    I have two books that I go back to again and again for inspiration -

    Women Who Run With The Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
    The New Diary by Tristine Rainer

    Also...music! I get so much inspiration for art from music, it's crazy.

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  2. Yes. That is my desk. I am planing to painting it white. Thanks a lot for your comment. I haven't heard about those books. Because of the titles, it seems they gonna fit my tastes :)

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  3. que hermoso tu escritorio!! se ve como tan vintage y femenino <3
    tienes razón hay muchas formas de desarrollar la creatividad, yo me siento mas creativa cuando organizo espacios o cosas, por ejemplo al ordenar los muebles y objetos de mi habitación, me entretengo bastante haciéndolo xD

    me encantó tu blog! gracias por haberme escrito *-* te sigo

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  4. esa playa queda cerca de Viña del mar en Chile, y si aqui es verano en esta época :3

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  5. Gracias. Si, es más que nada el efecto que le di a la fotografía con instagram :). Que padre que es verano por allá. Yo estuve viviendo 1 año y medio en Flagstaff AZ y nieva mucho. Ahorita me acabo de regresar a México. Y aunque me encanta la nieve, el bosque y el invierno ahorita extraño mucho el verano y la playa, por eso me encantó ver tus fotos hehe. Pero aquí ya no falta mucho tampoco.

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  6. Incredibly inspiring post thank you.

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  7. I am glad you liked it :) Thanks for leaving a comment.

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  8. This is really inspiring. Creativity is something that comes naturally, but if you surround yourself with inspiration it'll bloom so much easier :D

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  9. Mil gracias por pasarte por mi blog, te sigo :)

    Pues desde la entrada que encontraste realmente mi habitacion ha cambiado mucho bastante xD Subire pronto una entrada con como esta ahora :)

    Un besazo!

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  10. I love these ideas Janeth. There are SO many ways to tap into our creativity isn't there! Fantastic! Have a fantastic day!

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