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Push Your Creative Process: 6 Tips to Create the Artwork of Your Dreams

Push Your Creative Process: 6 Tips to Create the Artwork of Your Dreams

If there are writers who encounter the so-called writer’s block, there are also artists who encounter obstacles that seem to block off their creativity process. This is why some artists travel or roam around in order to find a different inspiration that might spark up their creative juices once again. If you are a struggling artist, here are 6 tips I can give to help you create the artwork of your dreams.

1. Listen to Music

You can resort to other forms of art in order to help create art itself. Listening to music while painting can definitely set the mood that you want to be shown out of your artwork.

A strategy that never fails is to listen to music that can make you feel nostalgic such as albums you listened to during your teenage years.

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2. Take a Lot of Photos

Carry a camera with you wherever you go and just take snaps of anything that would catch your attention. Once you review the pictures that you have taken, one of these images will surely give an inspiration or spark an idea of an artwork that you can create.

For a better visual aspect, pin these images on the wall or create a scrapbook out of them that you can look up to every once in awhile.

3. Read a Book

Regardless of the concept of the story that you are reading, your mind can right away be stimulated whenever you read a book. Your imagination goes to work as your mind tries to display images of the words that you are reading.

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This is why many popular artworks were taken out as excerpts or popular scenes from timeless novels. Having a sketchbook nearby may help in transferring imageries as you have imagined them while reading a book.

4. Go Out and Travel

The reason why you feel all so cramped up is maybe that you are already so used to your surroundings that you need a new environment that you can work on. The perfect solution for this is to go out and travel.

Explore new sceneries and be exposed to different cultures that can spark an inspiration for your project. You do not really have to go overseas in order to achieve this because, a simple walk along the beach or a hike in the woods can already serve as an inspiration for a great artwork.

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5. Remember Your Dreams

Sometimes the best of ideas cannot be witnessed in the physical plane but are rather left in our subconscious levels. The only way for us to keep in touch with our sub-conscience is through our dreams and even nightmares.

Dreams have inspired numerous artists since forever. A lot of dreams maybe weird and some are completely vague that you may not remember the entire details of it, but they can give out an idea that you can work on for your art project. Having a sketchbook near your bedside can be instrumental so that you can right away sketch out the dreams that you just had after waking up.

6. Do a Collaborative Project or Work With Other Artists

Artists are known to be unique on their own and even if styles can be contradicting, you can actually get inspiration from another colleague because his or her style is much different than yours.

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Try checking out an abstract art online gallery then talk with the artists responsible for their ideas. Since you will have your own perception of the abstract art that you are looking at, you can actually combine their ideas with yours in order to create your own masterpiece.

It is already proven that bizarre images, random shapes and different colors can spark an inspiration in you. If this still not works, then you can ask an artist friend of yours to start a project but allow you to finish the art for a collaboration.

Featured photo credit: MorJer’s Art via google.com

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Last Updated on May 15, 2019

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

“Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

Featured photo credit: Kyaw Tun via unsplash.com

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