When I told Doris that I would be sure to write a blog post to let everyone know about the show and my guest spot, she had a great suggestion--write 12 posts. I liked this idea because I've been wanting to blog more anyway, but it also gives me a chance to write a little bit extra about each of my 12 tips in the PDF.
So in the spirit of "The 12 Days of Christmas," I thought I'd make December "Creativity Month" and take each one of the tips as a separate post, starting with:
#1: Use Your Favorite Tools. My choices include fountain pens, plum ink, top quality journals, good pencils, paints, and watercolor or other papers.
I can't imagine writing with a broken pen, or on paper that didn't have a smooth finish and a good weight to it. But that's just me. I have friends who love newsprint and old biros, others who couldn't live without chalk. Whatever we choose, though, will still come down to the same thing: when we like our tools, we like our work, and it will show in the finished product. More reasons to use your favorites include:
- Materials you like to use will inspire you.
- Choosing ink that flows, or a brush that fits your hand just makes life a whole lot easier!
- You feel more serious and professional about your artist/writer self when you buy good tools.
- Buying the tools you want is a great step forward in making future artistic decisions; ones that define who you are as a creative being.
- Your chosen materials and mediums express who you are right away to your audience.
- Making a conscious choice about your materials expresses your uniqueness and independence.
- And it's a great way to learn how to give up the “shoulds” in life, e.g., "You should use oils, you shouldn't use an eraser, you should never use black…"
- Our day jobs can be too full of "office stuff": white paper, red ink, #2 pencils. Fun materials set firm boundaries between the workplace and a chance to enjoy some playtime every day.
- Nice materials make your creative space attractive and inviting, a true haven away from the pressures and responsibilities of daily life.
- Which means you will look forward to going to your writing area or drawing table.
- Fun materials are a way to give yourself permission to experiment. If you’ve always wanted to try purple glitter glue—why stop there? How about purple origami paper? Purple beads? Purple feathers?
- Shopping for art and writing supplies makes for a great Julia Cameron "artist’s date." No excuses to stay home when you need to buy gold gel pens or a new Moleskine!