Everyday Creativity • by Ruth Bleakley
OK, I’ll admit it: I have a creative compulsion. For me, the need and desire to create new things goes beyond simply wanting to — if I go for too long without indulging in some kind of creative pastime, I get seriously “itchy fingers.” I know I’m not the only one! The question is, how do I balance creative time with my everyday life?
Art as an Everyday Possibility
I started making things at a young age. Rather than lots of structured activities, my mom provided us with all sorts of art supplies that we could use as we pleased (except glitter haha, because it was so hard to vacuum!). Lots of coloring books, clay, string and beads, paints, pastels, crayons, watercolors, and stamps were available so that as I was growing up, “creating art” wasn’t a sort of sacred thing that you went to a class once a week to do — it was more of an everyday thing. Then I got older and I took art classes in school almost every single year, so that by the end of college I was wondering, “How do you keep making art outside of school? What if no one assigns you projects?”
I was consumed with this question and asked everyone creative I knew — I thought when I finished school I’d be locked into an office job, with no time for art. I had an idea that art was for kids, and adults didn’t “do art” unless they were professional artists, or maybe they took a class once a week. I wondered what would happen to me without the motivation of projects, deadlines, and grades. Well, I’m here to tell you that you that only good things will happen when you’re allowed to make and create things wherever and whenever you want! The key is to make sure you have the tools and space you need, much like my mom did when I was little, making art an “everyday” thing.
Keys to Creating
Here are the key ingredients to making art an everyday possibility:
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