by Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach
I feel like I’m in a really fertile and creative time in my life. I’ve been doing a lot of writing, baking, and drawing and I have all kinds of artistic ideas that I’d like to explore. My biggest intention is to attempt a painting technique called, “Acrylic Pouring.”
Acrylic pouring or fluid painting is all about pouring paints onto a canvas and letting the colours mix together and create their own unique patterns. The end results can be quite stunning and I don’t think it’s possible to re-create the same painting twice. It looks like it would be totally up my alley.
Before I take the plunge and try my hand at acrylic pouring, I’ve been watching all kinds of YouTube videos and purchasing supplies. As simple as this technique looks, there’s so much to learn and so many different styles to choose from.
To make things easier, I’ve also made a list of steps that will might help get the creative juices flowing. Perhaps talking about art and creativity will inspire you to create your own masterpieces.
Regardless of what kind of creative project you’re working on, whether it’s a new business, renovating your house, planning your summer vacation, planting a garden, writing a blog post, or painting paintings like I am, remember to have fun!
If you approach anything as if you’re working on an art project like you would in school, it will make the process so much more enjoyable and your final product will likely turn out better.
So here are 25 my steps to creating!
- Get an assignment including: due date, budget, guidelines, and special requests.
- Brainstorm options. What wants to emerge? Jot some ideas into a journal or sketchbook. If you end up drawing a blank, step away from your project and do something else for a little while (like take a walk outside). Once the ideas start popping into your head, go back to your canvas right away.
- Inspiration, Idea, & Vision – What’s your idea? Have a clear vision of what you want to create. Make a decision about the direction you want to go in. Know your “Big Why.”
- Take your idea as far as you can while also being open to sudden bursts of delightful surprises – that’s part of the fun of creativity.
- Commit and make this project your priority. Prepare your materials and your work station. Change your clothes if necessary. Don’t give into your excuses.
- Is this a solo project or collaboration? Ask yourself, “Who do I need to talk to about this?” and then talk to them. Note: When working on a creative project, friends, parents, teachers, and others can guide from their wisdom, but they can’t do the assignment for you. Don’t let them take over.
- Start from a blank canvas. Don’t work with leftovers and don’t skip steps. A blank canvas is where all possibilities exist.
- Create from a place of gratitude. Affirm: “I’m so happy, grateful, and relieved now that I’ve created this wonderful…”
- Create from a place of joy, love, relaxation, and trust.
- Ask yourself, “Who am I being as I’m working on this project?” and “Who am I becoming?”
- Be present. Focus on what you’re doing. Tune into your senses. Remember to breathe. Drink a glass of water. Play some music. Follow your intuitive guidance.
- Enjoy the creative process and the journey. The end results are secondary (or not significant) because the means justify the ends.
- Be generous – don’t hold back.
- Accept any mistakes – these may be happy accidents. It’s not about perfection.
- Forgive everyone everything. Let go of your past grievances because otherwise they may negatively affect your work. Be kind and helpful to everyone you meet on your path.
- Surrender your ego and let God show the way. Don’t force the outcome or insist on your plan.
- Quiet your mind and ask, “What steps would be best for me to take next?” Let the answers come.
- Get to work! Put something on the canvas. Take action and do the steps in their natural order. Work quickly and efficiently. Clean as you go.
- You’re free to do what you want. Push yourself beyond your comfort zone. Break some rules and colour outside the lines. And like children when they’re making mud pies, don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty!
- Consider any feedback. Make notes in your journal about what you’re doing. Notice any unexpected signs and synchronicities that may be showing up in other parts of your life.
- If you end up making a muddy mess, that’s OK. Just say, “So what, what’s next?” and start a new canvas. Remember that whatever happens is OK.
- Keep going until the bell rings.
- Share your creations with others.
- Your own feelings about your work and performance are more important than someone else’s evaluation, judgement, and opinion. It’s not about the grade, winning the competition, what anyone else is doing, or the final sale price. Ask yourself, “What’s the gift or the lesson from this art project?”
- Meditate, rest, and sleep well so you can do it all again the next day.
Well, that’s my list of steps to creating something that has never existed before.
Would you like to create something new in your life, too?
Think about what you want to be, do, have, or give, and then go and create them!
And share your insights and creations in the comments below! I hope to show you my own art soon!
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