Every Thursday my BFF, Sommer, is going to pop in and share some behind the scenes of our print shop The 45 Collective, her creative process, and her artistic brilliance. I'm thrilled for y'all to get to meet someone who I love so much and get to know her. You can read more here about how we met and how The 45 Collective came to be.
Don't force it.
Remove the pressure to create something new and unique and just do what you want to do. If you’re supposed to be making Christmas prints and all you feel like painting is feathers, then paint feathers. Paint them in every size and color! If I try to make myself create something I’m not into, I never like the finished product. Don’t be too stubborn to quit. If I’m painting and nothing is turning into something I like, then I quit. If I’m forcing myself to produce new material for the shop and I’m not having fun anymore than I’ve lost the freedom of letting inspiration be my guide.
I like water colors. I like the way they blend and run together and change and forgive mistakes. I’m comfortable with them so most of our shop prints are created with water colors. I don’t know what to do with oil paints, or acrylics or fancy art products. I didn’t go to art school, but I love exploring new mediums and materials. Don’t ever hold back when experimenting with new ways to create. Be messy! Try calligraphy. Buy one of those cool palette knives for working with oil paints and see what happens. Sometimes when I’m feeling uninspired, I forget about what I’m trying to do and just have some fun with colors and scrap paper. Accident art can be the most enjoyable.
Find your spot.
Last week I talked about my art desk. Thats my spot. Figure out if you need to be alone when you create art. I cannot paint with someone looking over my shoulder. If you like noise and people around you when you draw, then find a cozy coffee shop. If you need hot tea, chill music, and the sound of rain in the background to feel inspired, then surround yourself with those things. When I paint, I usually tidy my room first. Though my messy desk is inspiring to me, dirty laundry on the floor is not. I like to watch TV while I paint. I’m currently trying to finish How I Met Your Mother. I like to light a candle, turn on my lamp, and paint whatever comes out. That is what you’ll see in the shop. Whatever we feel like creating!
Tell me what inspires you!