Honor Your Inner Creative

“Why should we use all our creative power? Because there is nothing that makes people so generous, joyful, lively, bold and compassionate, so indifferent to fighting and the accumulation of objects and money.” -Brenda Ueland

A resurgence of crafting is helping hundreds of thousands of people access creativity.

  • Aisles of do-it-yourself selections present options in mass retail style: kits, supplies, classes and books.
  • Children’s kits encourage creativity for every age.
  • Dozens of newsletters offer advice.
  • Free e-books illustrate ideas and how-to.
  • Independent shops use open sessions to pique interest and offer classes to interested participants.
  • Magazines on niche subjects entice audiences to try beading or painting or mixed media or some other craft.

The term crafting readily identifies creative niches and covers a range of skills from novice to mastery.

Picasso once said: “Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.”

A diary or journaling accesses creative powers for some. For others, origami is satisfying.

A recovering accountant I know used frames, glue and screening to build ornate displays. For several months she produced items for sale, for friends and for her own satisfaction. She told me this outlet helped her access inspiration.

“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with objects it loves.” -Julia Cameron

Playing with objects you love frees you of justification and judgment. It allows independence from schedules, to-do lists, and other restrictions.

Objects crafters love:

  • Beads
  • Fiber
  • Wire
  • Dressmaking
  • Embroidery
  • Knitting
  • Crochet
  • Mixed media
  • Scrapbooking
  • Cards
  • Paper
  • Painting
  • Photography

In what ways do you play? Experiment. Make a list.

Instead of goals, one friend who regularly paints, listed what she liked and didn’t like, what she wants and doesn’t want. In the process, she arrived at a vision for her year and quipped, “I choose to make art for the curiosity of where it leads me rather than for sales.”

Questions, a vision board, illustrated journals, or yet another method can help you access creativity.

How will you honor your inner creative?