I peruse Etsy and without fail I get the creative bug...or maybe it's envy. Nonetheless, I feel the need to get crafty. Article by Joann Snell on creativity:
"Why is it that some people seem to have a flow of creative genius and others are lacking? Well, in reality we all have the ability to be creative. It’s just some people don’t realize that they can acquire it just like any other skill. Hopefully through this article I can give you some insight to get your creative genius going.
So how can you get your creative juices flowing? First of all, read everything you can get your hands on. You want to take in as much knowledge and learning as you can. Throughout this process be sure to keep an open mind. You may find a few new facts you didn’t know about that will interest you.
Next, try to draw something every day. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just start out doodling. Yes this will seem like it’s too much effort at first. But think of it this way, every time you try something new it is an effort. Yes it will seem impossible at times. But the longer you keep at it the easier it will become. Just like every thing new you try in your life.
Speaking of new things, when was the last time you were out of your comport zone? Going to different Places often help broaden perspectives. Try going to a new neighborhood or even going to a museum for the first time. But don’t stop with these examples. Keep trying new things, think outside the box. Staying inside the box only limits the creative process.
Another creative thing you can try is photography. Get your camera out and start shooting. These don’t need to be anything spectacular. Don’t worry about capturing an award winning photo, yet. Just experiment and see what you can come up with. Start out small and work your way up.
Finally, just try to open up and talk to people you meet at the store or some other event. You can learn all kinds of interesting things by talking to people. Keep a journal of what you learn from each person. They may have an interesting story to tell. Then with all your journal entries, who knows, you could write your first book! Get Creative!"
Joann Snell is a freelance Graphic Designer. She specializes in print, corporate id, branding, and other marketing tools for small-medium sized businesses. http://www.josgraphicdesigns.com