- ” I Have An Idea, But Don’t Know How To Start ” –
This is usually what happens to me, i’m full of ideas, but i lack the confidence to see it through. Do not worry! You are certainly not alone in this process, think of it more like a right of passage then a problem to drown with several coffees.
When you are beginning to work on a piece or you have an idea and don’t know what to do with it. WRITE IT DOWN. Sorry for yelling but i can not enforce this enough. This is why i have so many journals and notebooks. Yes, i’m going to be bluntly honest not all of your ideas are going to be stellar, you will have some that you look back on and think. Why. Why on earth did i think that was a good idea.
The act of keeping a record get’s you into the habit of filing away your ideas, it is all dependent on what you want to do with your craft. If you are wanting to build a business out of it, this is something you are going to have to work on, Not to mention an excuse to buy super cute stationary to play around with.
Sketch it, Jot it, Scribble it.
Make it a priority to get them down, out of your head and onto the page!
- ” I Don’t Know How To Journal ” -
Journaling is easy, and best of all it’s therapeutic.
When you hear the word journal, you probably think of it like a diary. It kind of is, but it can be anything you want it to be. I’ve been journaling ever since i could write and draw, and i can honestly say it is one of the better habits that I’ve picked up in my time. A problem i often hear is that you don’t want to wreck the book you brought to write in. I’m going to let you know right now, these books aren’t going to get it easy.
If you don’t know what to put inside your journal, here is my rule. Anything goes.
The hardest part is picking out which format you like the best. I tend to just jumble them all together, and i’m completely clueless when it comes to having separate books for separate things, except when it comes exclusively for my writing.
My one and only piece of advice when it comes to journaling, is you do you. Don’t hold back and just let it all out on the page, be it in ink, washi tape or post it’s.
My preferred style of journaling, for the minute is hobonichi; but let’s face it an art student isn’t going to have the money lying around to get a real one so i opted to go the faux hobonichi route!
Here are some videos that just might inspire you, this is of my own journal that i have been working in for a few months now! Hopefully that will provide you some inspiration to start making your own!
- ” I Don’t Have A Stash To Pull From ” -
Ah, the Stash. It’s both amazing and confronting, especially when you are just starting out.
For those of you who don’t know what a stash is, it’s essentially a collection of materials, ranging from pens to pencils all the way through to… well everything.
This is not essential for a beginner, i too made the mistake very early on that i need to have all of the tools on hand, use this time to explore creative avenues. You just might surprise yourself by using what you have on hand, and while all the extra tools of the trade are nice to have, it can’t beat originality!
A stash takes time.
You will find as you continue along your path of creativity you will accumulate a lot of stuff, and like me end up sleeping in a room that looks more like a studio than anything else; To me having the top notch materials is not a must for any artists or creator, having things that get the job done and an open mind are more beneficial then expensive paints, or that super fancy paper cutter.
- ” Learn To Take Good Photos ” -
Yes. When you are creative i want you to think of one thing, and one thing only.
It is necessary for you to find your own style, and to convey this particularly on social media you will need some great photo’s. I don’t mean to rush out and get the fanciest camera on the market. But i am saying it is worth your while to learn how to take a great shot. Think of it like meeting a person for the first time, you need to make a good impression!
There are plenty of helpful websites online that can teach you how to take a great picture.
This will be extremely beneficial to all of those regardless of intention when sharing your work.
If you aren’t confident in your photography skills i definitely suggest playing around, definitely think of how to present your work and yourself!
It’s all about Ascetic.
- ” Do I Have To Share My Work Online ? ” -
Again this is all dependent on your intentions, and what you are wanting to do with your art work.
For myself i would say Yes, Definitely.
If you are looking into making a name for yourself, or even just locally it is almost mandatory to have online activity. Now this may seem like a lot of extra work, and i assure you it is. But the pay off of having a connection with your audience and like minded people; i believe will only encourage you further.
If you are doubting yourself and the work you produce you have a connection to people who enjoy art as much as you do, from all around the world, that can give you feed back and words of encouragement, even just a like on your work can change the mind set that we all seem to have of, my work is just not good.
This is also a great way to network with other artists, and in all honesty you will be better for it.
You don’t have to have a blog, you can set up an instagram or a pinterest, a tumblr, whatever suits you – or you could even have all of them!
Happy Creating Peeps!