I have started a sketchbook!
Just recently I came to realisation that the last time I use a sketchbook seriously is when I went to university. I remember that I did take a sketchbook out and tried to get into it several of times but lost interest in the end.
With my three years old business, I have forgotten to paint or draw for myself and for the sake of fun. I only sketch when I have ideas or need new designs for my products, I actually use rough papers or battered sketchbook and bury them in the drawers when they are not needed anymore. I am a bad bad artist. So I popped in Paperchase on the other day and got myself a Moleskine sketchbook. I want to fill it with delightful drawings that are purely for me. If it gives me ideas or could turn in one of my greeting cards, then cool!
I have decided that I am going to share pictures of every page on my Instagram, even if I don’t like what I’ve drawn. It would be interesting to see how it turns out and whether I will be sticking with it or not! I really hope I will as I know it is a healthy practice for artists.
Do you sketch religiously or will you join in getting a new sketchbook and start drawing for yourself?
Looking back at my 5 Ways To Get Inspired post, I want to share ideas how you can do something new and get inspired. To my experience, doing something new can instantly inspire me and being inspired is really good for me – it makes me happier, work better and feel more positive.
Visit someplace new
Travel to a new country and get a change of scenery. But it doesn’t have to be a holiday or far away from home – it can be a town or park nearby you have never been to and you might be surprised. Google your hometown as if you are a tourist!
Do an adrenaline activity
It is not my thing but doing adrenaline activites does make me high with inspiration and hopefully for you too. Go-karting gets me inspired and in turn, feeling like the top of the world for days are great for my creativity and productivity. It doesn’t have to be as extreme as bungee jump or skydiving, which I would refuse to do – it can be a super fun activity like go-karting, indoor climbing or even indoor skydiving if you are terrified of heights like me!
Check out Adventure Days For Two.
Take an evening class
Hunt down for evening classes available in your local college or club and attend a class that tickles your fancy. Maybe you will eventually find another passion or hobby along the way! It is also a great way to meet new people – as Yasumi said, they never fail to surprise and inspire you even when they don’t realise it.
You can find local courses/evening classes over at Hotcourses.
Start a new project
Go on Pinterest for crafty project ideas (and don’t expect your project to end up as visually pleasing!) or any sort of projects you have been wanting to start. Don’t be afraid to start a new project that is outside your area of expertise or comfort zone. If it doesn’t go well, all what matters is that you tried and you should be proud of yourself.
As we all are individuals, I would love for you to share where you find your inspiration in the comments!
It also can be any other visual social media platform such as Tumblr or Instagram but personally Pinterest is the best place to look for inspiration – it provides so many great pictures and getting to its source is dead simple (clicking on the picture or “visit site” button). If you are looking for something specific, you can search hashtags.
Blogging and connecting
It is amazing how much inspiration I get since I started blogging. Through comments or blogs I follow, I keep finding inspiring people and stories. But don’t forget to connect too. I am pretty sure bloggers would love to receive a lovely email or sweet tweet!
A breath of fresh air can really do you good. Go for a walk in the park and take photographs. Visit a museum you have been meaning to see. Go to your nearby town and window shop. Make sure you go out not because you need to buy food or supplies but because you just want to and you know you need that little break.
Do something new
On the other day I went to go-karting and even though I was rubbish at it, I weirdly got inspired! It wasn’t my usual stuff and it is always exciting doing something new every now and then. Do something you don’t usually do every day and you will get inspired. I do need to heed my own advice as I need to do this more!
Read advice books
I know some people loathe advice books but I love them, only good ones. Reading them always give me the boost I needed. If you are interested in what I read, I’d be happy to compile a list next time!
How do you get inspired?