Guest Post by Laura Moraiti - Artist, Mother, Life of Colour Brand Ambassador and social media guru.
1. Making an art routine will boost your confidence in your skills and artistic voice. If you ever felt ashamed of showing your work to someone else, or felt you weren’t as good as other artists and that was a solid reason to leave your hobby behind, remember that squeezing time for developing your voice will cast away all those feelings! Once you get so involved in creating you’ll suddenly find yourself not comparing or saying negative comments about your own creations – and instead fostering community, learning, experimenting.
2. You’ll have the time to explore, learn and improve a lot faster, so when you look through your work from a month ago or a year ago, you’ll notice the difference. Making something weird for you, take the road less traveled won’t be a major decision because you’ll be back tomorrow with a fresh idea. Use that color, add that texture, find a new topic. Every single exploration will be a fun story to share!
3. Expressing your feelings and emotions through any hobby is very healthy for you, having the opportunity to make something beautiful out of any crisis will help you navigate it. Art will give you a way to talk about it without the need to find words (or perhaps your art is words) and creating a safe space for venting all those emotions will give your art a depth you probably didn’t have in mind when you started your art routine.
4. Even when you don’t feel like doing anything artistic for the world to see, your hands will lead you back to your table and you’ll find yourself doing the thing you love: coloring, sculpting, painting, lettering, journaling… Walking the dog or cooking you’ll find yourself thinking of a new idea and running to a piece of paper to scribble it down or make it in that very same moment.
5. Over a period of time you won’t even need to remind yourself of making time because you will be naturally drawn to your art space (no matter how big or small, or the kind of supplies you have). It’s so comforting to know your art supplies are waiting for you. Everything is laid out and in your reach, you just need to be present.
6. Taking part of amazing challenges can be the starting point of your routine, something like a #30daychallenge or the 100 day project can help you set achievable goals and focus on doing instead of thinking! If you feel like you have no idea where to begin, choose a small topic that guides you (drawing florals, embroidering words, lettering songs or writing lists), anything works!
7. Some of the most common reasons for quitting an artistic hobby is that you feel discouraged because the image in your head is so vivid, and the reality you create is so… different… but ask yourself, what’s my experience? How many time I trained my mind to communicate ideas to my hands? The key is to drop the negative thinking and include a daily time to just practice, without the pressure of crafting something amazing and instead with the goal to improve slow and steady.
8. Even 5 minutes a day is better than nothing. If you only paint, knit, letter or journal every once in a while it will come a time when you feel like it’s not a pleasurable hobby anymore (even worse if you do anything artistic for a living).
9. To turn a passion into a job it’s fundamental to put in the miles. There are no shortcuts and starting very small (and achievable) will be your strongest ally. 5 minutes, half an hour, an hour… whatever you choose to begin with is enough to get started and acquainted – and you probably won’t notice when 3 hours have gone by and you’re still having so much fun!
10. Finally, in these times where mental health is taking such an important place in the public conversation is the moment to acknowledge the huge role art has in healing and improving your quality of life. So many artists share how turning to art was a pivot point in their lives. Expressing yourself is a very rewarding experience that will not only guide you to a more relaxed you, but will also give you a healthy way to course through the hardest times.