I don’t know about you, but I never seem to complete a sketchbook. Until recently take a look at my sketchbooks and it’s only the first few pages that have anything on them or I’ve not used them at all. Maybe you’ve experienced something similar.
These unfinished projects over time build up to the point where I think, why bother at all? Each unfinished sketchbook starts to weigh on my mind until just looking at them puts me off doing anything.
I’ve read many books on art techniques and making books but there’s one book in particular that’s really helped. You’ve probably heard of it, it’s The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. The book gives exercises to do to overcome creative blocks. But I didn’t just want to write.
I decided to create my own art journal based on The Artist’s Way. Each week I met with a friend and we read The Artist’s Way before creating pages in our art journal that reflected the theme in Julia’s book. This ranged from imagining a creative life to ideal environments and favourite seasons.
It also included connecting with spirituality as a means to becoming more creative. So I’ve taken the first step to sharing with you how I’ve managed to become creative again after almost 10 years.
I’ve read many books on art techniques and making books but there’s one book in particular that’s really helped. You’ve probably heard of it, it’s The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.