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Creative Blocks and Art Challenges

Hello all, I hope you are all finding time to enjoy creating during this time. I have been busy learning new things, connecting with new people and absorbing all art I can.

Last week at the Global Art Café round table, we talked about creative blocks and a bit about the 21 Day Art Journaling Challenge some of our members are participating in.

“We are all artists, painting our lives upon the canvas of reality. Mix the colors your own way and apply emotion liberally. Don’t be afraid to let your brushstrokes show, and above all else, make sure you art has soul.”
– Cristen Rodgers

Art by Global Art Café members for the 21 Day Art Challenge theme “Over the Rainbow

When it comes to creative blocks, having outlets for both work and play will aid and becoming “unstuck.” You might even say you are not creative, but you are as creative as anyone! Creativity shows up in many ways. It can reveal itself in your relationships, wardrobe, parenting, problem solving, ideas, shoelaces, social media, cooking, and much more.

Everyone is capable of creativity.

Never underestimate the power of a creative outlet.

Put creative time on the calendar and be sure to show up for it. A routine will reinforce your daily habits and “rewire” your brain to have stronger creative connections when you make it a regular “practice.”

Most of all, especially to note for the perfectionists out there, trying and failing is better than never trying at all. Many of us don’t create anything because we think it will turn out terrible. Who cares! Do it anyway. It’s okay to “fail” – reframe that “fail-mentality” to one that says, hey, I am learning and developing my own style”, or “I’m trying something new and it’s okay if it doesn’t work out.” It is in the process of trying that you actually progress through doing something creative.

Be prepared to toss your best ideas.

Now, go grab your pencil and schedule some creative time – and your sketchbook!