Need for Creativity
Over the years, I have more firmly recognized my need to be creative. When I don’t give myself a reliable outlet for creativity and producing, I feel like I’m smothered and the light inside me is dim. My creativity also ideally includes aesthetics. I like to create visual pleasures. This has included things like jewelry making, art painting, drawing, furniture upcycling, woodworking, decorating, landscaping, remodeling buildings and rooms, writing, and even my clothing choice is an expression of my creativity.
Is this You Too?
Can you relate to this? Do you find a sense of satisfaction, peace, and confidence when you create something? The pleasure of seeing your vision take form in something that you find beautiful? Not everyone has this wiring! What comes so natural to people like us is like speaking a foreign language to others. Recognize that your artistic and creative wiring is a gift from God that is meant to not only give you emotional fulfillment but also is to benefit those around you. You bring a valuable asset to the world. Those that don’t have this creative of wiring often still appreciate the beauty that you bring. It’s just that they can’t imagine how they could do the same thing.
So, get creative!! Send us pictures of what creative masterpieces you are doing! I share with you a new creative outlet I’m working on.
My Newest Project
My therapy office recently moved (same building, but new office). I love moving, probably because it gives me a reason to re-envision and decorate. Because I have been spending a lot of time over the past year thinking about my values, refining my goals, and getting clear on who I am and moving forward with my gifts, I am drawn to quotes that embody my philosophies. So I decided to create some art for my office walls using impacting quotes.
The Nuts and Bolts of this Project
These are pictures of my first one. I took five canvases that I had previously painted on but didn’t really want anymore (FREE) and spent a few days painting over the original art (I used acrylic paint- inexpensive paints that I already had, but if you were to buy them, you could do it for less than $10). My goal was for the backgrounds to be very soft and muted but to have a slight variation of colors so I let the colors of the original art bleed through. Amazon had a package of oil-based paint markers (about $10). I collected a couple Sharpie markers in a couple colors I didn’t have in the paint markers (like teal).
I typed up and printed off the words I wanted on my canvas. It took a couple tries to get the the right size. I cut out the words and used a pencil to color on the backs of them. Then, I flipped them over, positioned them on my canvas in the right spot, and traced the words with the pencil (thanks, Pinterest!). This caused the lead on the back of the words to transfer enough on to the canvas so then I could go back over the words with the markers.
And Viola. My canvas is done. It’s not 100% the way I envisioned it, but I have 4 more to do so by the time I’m done, I’ll have better perfected this technique.
Super simple, super cheap. And I love the end result. This totally scratches my “creative itch”!!!
Now, what about you! What will you do that’s creative!!!!
-Dr. Sheri Fluellen