Creating A Daily Crafting Practice

I don’t know about you all, but for me time is flying by faster and faster everyday. I can barely keep up with what I have to do, let alone do the things I want to do. Creativity is an essential part of my life, my being, and my wellness, and if I don’t devote enough time and energy to it, everything else in my life suffers.

I decided to challenge myself to create a little every day. To facilitate this, I placed a blank art journal, a pen and a tray of watercolor paints on the ottoman in the living room. At least once a day, I take the journal and pen and express myself, without judgement. The journal is full of blank pages, and it I don’t like what I make I can always try again. I use a pen that is not waterproof, and I love the yummy feeling of the lines blurring as I add water and color to the piece. I’ve been doing this for a few weeks now, and I find it helps to reduce stress and anxiety, inspire creative thinking in all areas of my life, and gives me a relaxed clarity.

For me it is art journaling. For you it might be something else completely. I just urge you to take a few short minutes out of your busy day to create. Here are a couple ways you can do that:

1.    Keep a small creative project with you for down times, just in case you have a moment to work on it- a small sketchbook and pens, colored pencils, a small knitting or crochet project (one involving small pieces that later get put together into larger pieces work well for this), a journal to write in, etc. Write a poem, a haiku, sketch a flower, doodle, write what you are grateful, or just play!

2.    Make a commitment to spend at least 10 minutes per day doing something creative, no matter how silly what you make seems. Play like you did as a child, creating for creativity’s sake. It is the regular practice of creating that is important here, not the product. 

I wish you peace, joy and love this hectic time of year and always. Taking a few minutes for your creative journey every day will help you to stay relaxed, happy and present.

With love and creative light,

Photo by Mike Petrucci on Unsplash