I hope you enjoy this fabulous guest post from June, one of our amazing Trail Blazers in the Wellness Trailblazers’ Cafe. A huge thank you to June for sharing her arty suggestions with us here. See you next week, darlings. Grace xx
1. Draw what you see: I’ve been inspired by a visit to the David Hockney exhibition in Saltaire where there was a sequence of artwork on a big screen where he had drawn the view from his window using his iPad. It doesn’t have to be digital – it could be a pencil drawing with highlights done in coloured pencils, or using pastels or paints.
2. Artistic endeavours are a good excuse to buy yourself some flowers, then you can draw or paint them. Try drawing a single flower first – look very closely at the details, then go to the vase of followers. Remember when the flowers are gone, no-one will know how accurate your creation is – so don’t get hung up on creating an exact image. Also, try drawing the flowers from varying angles or in a different medium.
4. Next time you are going in to town how about working a trip to the library into your plans? I’m very lucky that my library has a good arts & crafts section. I quite like to browse whenever I go anywhere with a good bookshop – especially the ones that provide comfy chairs & encouraging browsing!
5. Do you knit, or crochet? Or do you enjoy sewing or embroidery? Have you checked out to see if there are any groups locally? The town I live in has several Knit & Natter groups at libraries & cafes. I’m part of two groups at different libraries as they are free! Attending groups are a great way to stimulate creativity & share ideas & successes. If you can’t always get out to groups there are some great groups on Facebook where you can share images of your work & be part of an online experience.
6. Paint your nails! Create nail art – you don’t necessarily need expensive equipment – a simple pin head is great for creating polka dots!
7. If you’d like to learn a new technique or practise with a new medium, YouTube provides some great tutorials – though try not to get sucked into spending too much time online, get practising!
8. Try creating illustrations to go with a favourite book or poem.
9. Stuck for ideas for something to draw? How about a piece of jewellery, an ornament in your house, a bowl of fruit, your mug from a cup of tea or coffee, a pet, a dining chair (so Van Gough!) or how about your own hand, your mobile phone? Really look closely, study the details.
10. Get a mirror & create a self-portrait – try a different hairstyle on your image, or put yourself in a scene of something you fancy – could be an exotic destination or dressed up for ladies day at the races?
11. Take some photos, go for a walk if you can. Look for beauty in unusual places. Try editing your photos on the computer.
15. Have a go at origami.
16. Fancy pottery or ceramics but think you need a kiln? Well how about creating clay work using air hardening clay, you don’t even need a specialist art shop to find it! Many high street stationers sell it very reasonably.
17. Start a collection of things to use in a collage – I’ve been saving postage stamps for years knowing I’d find a creative purpose for them. I stuck them onto plain white paper & cut them into heart shapes & made them into door hangers.
18. Try embellishing your work using sequins, embroidery thread or buttons.
19. If you get chance to go to the beach, how about a bit of sand sculpture? The key is to keep it wet. If you can’t get out, how about sending someone to get some play sand. You can use a pencil to draw in the sand. Photograph your work & start again.
20. Have a go at print making, you can make marks with the polyester packaging that apples are sometimes packed in using a pen or pencil & use it as a printing block.
21. Choose a colour, add varying amounts of white to create a range of tones of that colour & create artwork using just this range.
23. Create some art work using just warm or cold colours.
24. Create an image to help you create a specific mood or feel; yellow for positivity, green to soothe, blue to calm, purple to uplift, pink for energy, red for enthusiasm, and shades of white for clarity.
*The featured image is a painting I did inspired by Kandinksy’s Concentric Circles and goes along with tip #3 above.
A North-Lincolnshire based professional art teacher, June is an avid craft-maker with a specialty in all things woollen. She’s also looks after a Cat, a Son at University and a Husband – although not always in that order.