Sketching and painting are two of our favorite things to do at Walter Foster. Lately, I've been dedicating myself to pencil practice: making sure I get some sketching time in each day. The pencil is one of the oldest tools in the artist's toolbox, and never before have artists had such an array of pencil styles and colors and mediums available to us.
Sometimes stepping back from a piece—whether artwork, writing, craft, decor—is an important part of the artistic process. Artist's block can come in all shapes and sizes, and taking a pause to think about your motivation for a project is a great way to get back to center.
There is something freeing about picking up a handful of colored pencils and scribbling madly—there's really no way to do it poorly. Everyone is good at scribbling. I love this art prompt from Artist's Block Cured that helps you to unleash the creativity. This exercise is all about color and the simple motion of drawing (or painting!).
Art is defined as the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power. And as anyone who has experienced the process of creating art knows: art is fun.
Journaling is a wonderful creative outlet. And what better way to inspire your creativity than with the Creative Doodling & Beyond Inspirational Journal? This guided journal offers prompts that get your artsy brain waves flowing.
When it comes to your creative life, what type of seeds have you planted? Doubt, discouragement, hesitancy? Artist and author Alena Hennessy invites us to take a deeper look at the innate artist within all of us and go back to our roots. Her book, Cultivating Your Creative Life, may be just the catalyst to root out negativity and allow your artistic garden to beautifully blossom.
I've journaled on and off throughout my life, with some pretty cringe-worthy high school entries to show for it. Even when I've fallen out of the habit, I've always found the task itself to be more or less necessary.
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