As children, we are encouraged to be creative in play and to develop our imaginary worlds. During childhood our minds are the most open to creating things, because we haven’t created walls yet. As Picasso said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” As we age, our brains form new adventures and we forget about those creative places our adolescent brain took us. We may have occasional memories or Déjà vu of the magic. Don’t worry about missing this as we can all go back to those fun creative, magical times. All you need are a few simple supplies and an open mind.
The first thing to remember is art is in the eye of the beholder. We have all heard this from time to time. Talking about and creating art for the majority of my life has lead me to so much more than pencils and paper. I now have the ability to see something and make it happen. For example, I wanted to build a front porch on our home. I didn’t hesitate or think to myself “can I do this?” because I already knew I could. I knew because I have the basic mental, math, and creative skills to do it. If a professional builder would come to inspect my deck, they may notice it isn’t the exact way they would have done it. This doesn’t mean what I did was wrong, every person does it differently. I did my research and I made it happen. Art has given me more confidence in everyday life. I want to encourage you to try something new. If someone feels like they can share what they made with you, be kind and honest. Kindness creates a world where more good can happen.
Now more than ever, we have extra time in our hands. I must admit, since becoming a mother my arts and crafts have taken a backseat. I’m creative in new ways. I bake for a living and create cakes and cookies for so many occasions.
I also love decorating and remodeling our home. Every time I finish a cake or room project, I feel better. I feel like I did when I was in a college art class and having my work critiqued. Remember that having someone critique you isn’t to make you mad or upset, it’s simply to make you a better artist. Do I ever feel stressed or anxious while doing it? Most definitely! I can’t tell you the amount of really good art I’ve crumpled and thrown away out of frustration. At least I tried, right? I just want people to know that it doesn’t always happen the first try or the hundredth time, for that matter. Art is a beautiful way to express your self, even if it stays in a drawer and never gets seen.
Art has been used for mental health for a very long time. It can be any form of music, theatrical performances, drawing, painting, ceramics, jewelry, book making, baking and so many types of design. Picking a type of art to try is tricky. Not everyone is good at everything they want to be. Someone who can create a ceramic piece may not be able to paint. That is what makes your art -you!
So, I want to challenge you to make something. Go to your local art and crafts store and pick up a project, finish it and then share it with someone. This create and repeat process is bound to get your creative juices flowing. Remember being creative is a learned behavior. Teach yourself something new. Remember, to allow yourself to create like a child again.