I grew up with creatives all over the internet. Why am I just starting to get in touch with my creative side?
I’ve made a few poster boards for class and flyers for student organizations, but nothing that stemmed from my personal thoughts or visions.
As a creative late bloomer, I became discouraged when I learned people have been painting their whole lives. And I couldn’t even color in the lines!!!
Disclaimer: I still can’t.
But one thing I learned about creativity is that it’s just that–creating. It doesn’t matter how you get to the finished project. You just need to keep creating and believe in what you have created.
When venturing into the creative world, it can be intimidating to start without letting the fear of failure get in the way. I found these seven tricks that helped me start creating and stick with it, and I hope they can help you continue your own personal creative journey!
1. Try all the things
When approaching the world of creativity, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with all of the different options you can choose from. You may feel like you don’t have what it takes. Try it, anyway! Limiting yourself is a technique for advanced creatives. As a beginner, you need to explore and really discover for yourself whether or not a creative skill or hobby is for you.
You can start painting, then realize you enjoy using paint brushes to write words instead of forming pictures. Then BAM, a love for brush lettering blossoms! Or you might attend a dance class, then find yourself feeling more tempted to sing the song rather than dance to it. Then WABAM, a singer is born! Okay, not that simple. But a creative outlet should spark your interest first and passion will follow.
- Brush lettering
- Home design
2. Find your focus and follow inspiration
Once you’ve tried all you’ve been craving to delve into, now it’s time to narrow down that list to 1-2 creative outlets. Narrowing down your list will prevent overwhelm and allow you to truly grow in those creative fields. It will also be easier to make your Instagram and YouTube feeds inspiring.
If you start following creatives on social media at the beginning of your journey, you may just end up with a never-ending list of people that seem to be better at everything than you. I like to limit who I follow on Instagram and YouTube and look to those apps for inspiration. Then I use Pinterest and Facebook to follow whoever my heart desires. Do whatever works for you!
3. Make a habit out of creating
As a creative late bloomer, it will take some time to get into the groove of creating. Remember, all of those inspiring artists you follow started somewhere–most likely at the same place you are at now. I know we hear it all the time, but it takes time and practice!
The trick is to create a habit out of nourishing your creative side. Even if it’s just for ten minutes a day. Often times you’ll find those ten minutes turn into hours. Or it stays ten minutes, which is perfectly fine. You don’t have to feel motivated every day, but it’ll be easier to pick it back up the next day. It’ll also become less of an option to give up.
4. Join classes
There are plenty of classes to join online, in your community, or at your college. A quick Google or YouTube search can lead you to some great learning resources, and there’s plenty of free classes on Skillshare. There’s also Lynda.com, which has classes for skills such as Photoshop, blogging, and graphic design if you don’t mind investing some money in your creative journey, but Youtube and Skillshare are great places to start!
I’m an obsessive learner when it comes to developing new hobbies and skills. Joining a class always builds my confidence and gives me realistic expectations. It can also reassure you that you’re putting in the necessary effort to learn while giving you more structure in the learning process.
5. Buddy up!
When starting something scary and new, it’s always nice to do it with a close friend to make it feel more familiar and comforting. Grab a fun Pinterest project and make a day out of it! Go shopping with your friends at a local craft store, such as Michaels or Hobby Lobby, then create!
Find some Groupons for dance lessons (Salsa, Bhangra, Bellydancing, etc.), pottery making, or places like Paint Nite or Painting with a Twist. What better way to explore painting than with a friend and a glass of wine! In certain areas, they even have Plant Nite where you can make your own zen gardens or terrariums. What’s awesome is that Paint Nite and Plant Nite take place at local bars or restaurants, so you can also try out new foods and beer! Nothing’s better for growing your creative mind than letting go of your inhibitions… Don’t quote me on that.
6. Put pen to the…tablet
This is for all you perfectionists out there. Yes, you–the one who’s been ignoring your creative side due to your unrelenting desire to ooze perfection and nothing less. I’m also talking to myself, of course.
One way I tricked myself into continuing my creative learning process, despite my perfectionist tendencies, was to create on my iPad. There’s something about finishing a creative piece, whether it be a drawing or a video, and just letting it sit in cyberspace. It feels freeing to know it’s now sitting in an endless sea of data instead of my living room.
Sometimes just the thought of your painting staring at you in the face every day can be paralyzing enough to prevent you from starting a project. Don’t let perfectionist paralysis happen. This is a great way to go about the need to be perfect and let your creative juices flow.
7. Plan your dream home
With this creative project, you can kill two birds with one stone. Albeit, your dream home may be waaay down the road, but that will give you even more freedom to dream up whatever you want!
You can create a Pinterest board and fill it with a bunch of wallpapers, color palettes, furniture, etc. Or even create a Pinterest board for each room in your dream home.
You may be thinking, what does this have to do with anything? For a creative late bloomer, just developing an eye for the color and design that goes into planning your dream home is a creative learning process in disguise. If you want to become a dancer or a DJ, you might make space for a studio in your home. Whatever your niche is, this is just another way to trick yourself into continuing your creative journey–while giving you something to strive for!