Embracing my creativity
22nd March 2016
If I had to describe myself as a child I would say I was quiet, shy and creative. I loved being alone and doing something artistic, whether that be drawing, painting, colouring or crafting.
Art was my favourite subject at primary school and I’m grateful that I had teachers who encouraged my creativity. I remember times when my teachers would allow me to spend extra time on art projects when everyone else had to go back to doing “academic” work. I even won a creative arts award in my final year of primary school.
When I started secondary school I lost a lot of interest in art. My teachers weren’t so encouraging and there was no individual support. I also wasn’t being as creative in my spare time as I was a typical miserable teenager, playing with Piczo (which I suppose was a little bit creative). So once it came time to picking subjects for my GCSEs I dropped art. I did take graphics, which was a very creative subject, but I found it difficult because I was so harsh on myself. I was out of practice and I didn’t feel like I was good as I use to be.
And being critical of myself is a serious issue I have.
Then I went to college and university where I studied science based subjects, so I barely spent any time doing creative things, and I really do think that had a negative impact on my happiness.
Now that I have graduated and I have more time on my hands I’m starting to embrace my creativity again in various different ways…
In a way, I have a creative job. I still feel like I’m being creative when building websites, even if I have nothing to do with the design process. I’m creating websites, and I love being able to take a bit of code and turn it into something beautiful.
I would love to be able to design websites as well as I build them so I’m hoping to work on my skills over the next few years. Practice makes perfect, right?
Blogging is a very creative hobby when you think about it. It involves writing, photography, editing photos and creating graphics.
I’m not very confident with writing and turning my thoughts into words on paper (I’ll be sharing a post about that soon), but it is something that I really enjoy.
Photography is a hobby that I have grown to love since purchasing my DSLR back in summer 2014. Before this I had owned digital cameras (compact and bridge) but I wasn’t very creative with my photos. I’m so lucky to have Tyrone who is also into photography so he taught me how to use the manual settings properly which means I can really get the most out of my camera.
I know a lot of people who feel like they can’t draw or paint love photography as it allows them to be creative and produce beautiful images in a different way…and I think this is why I love it too.
I love using colouring in books, not just because they help with my anxiety but also because they allow me to be a little bit creative.
I guess colouring is not quite as creative as other hobbies such as drawing or painting, but I think that it’s something we can all do without any practice, and we all get some level of satisfaction out of it.
Home & Garden
I see my new house and garden as projects for me to creative with, and I’m really looking forward to working on some DIY projects in the next few months.
For instance, there is a mirror that was left behind by the previous tenant of my house and I have plans to up-cycle it in the summer. I’ve never up-cycled anything before and this seems like a good project to start with. I would also love to up-cycle the wardrobe, which was also left behind by the tenant, but I don’t think it’s actually made from wood so it probably wouldn’t work!
I find scrapbooking so therapeutic and relaxing. When ever I get back from a trip I edit all of my photos and then order prints online so I can use them to create a scrapbook.
I’ve wrote about my scrapbooks both here and here, and I’ve also mentioned before that I’m not that creative when it comes to styling a scrapbook, but I’m always pleased with the final product and I love the process of producing them.
I got into sewing when my mum first bought me a cross stitch kit when I was still in primary school. Then when I was at school I really enjoyed my textiles lessons and using the sewing machines.
In the last couple of years I’ve got back into sewing and last year I bought myself a sewing machine. I’ve not had much reason to use it yet but I am dying to make myself a cosplay costume (or two) as I really want to cosplay at a comic con. So I’m looking forward to playing around with some sewing sometimes in the near future.
How do you embrace your creative side?