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How to Live a Creative Life - 5 Ways to Bring Inspiration into Your Life!

teacher avatar Susan Yeates, Artist - Author - Teacher

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15 Lessons (49m)
    • 1. Trailer

    • 2. Introduction

    • 3. Fill Your Cup

    • 4. About my Creative Journey

    • 5. 1.a Learning

    • 6. 1.b Learning Action Points

    • 7. 2.a Reading

    • 8. 2.b Reading Action Points

    • 9. 3. Looking

    • 10. 3.a Looking Action Points

    • 11. 4. Collecting

    • 12. 4.a Collecting Action Points

    • 13. 5. Sketching

    • 14. 5.a Sketching Action Points

    • 15. Thank you and Project

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About This Class

Getting Inspired and staying inspired is so important and I believe one of the foundations of living a creative life... and a creative life can bring so much joy! 


So this helpful Skillshare class shows you the things I personally do to tend to my creativity on a regular basis. These are the ways that I charge my creative batteries and say goodbye to artists block or fear of the blank page. These are things that spark ideas and massively increase my creative output - i.e. I make loads of stuff!

This class is packed full of advice, exercises and tips on how to implement these ideas into your regular routine so they become second nature. The class is split into five main sections – each one a separate method or technique that gets you inspired and seeing the world in a new way.  Each section has an explanation video plus a project and accompanying worksheet so that you can take action and implement these ultimate creativity boosters. Plus these things are super-easy, don’t require any previous art skills or knowledge and anyone can do them!

This class is perfect for anyone with creative hobbies, for creative professionals such as designers and illustrators, or anyone that is currently stuck in a rut and needs a little creative joy!

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Susan Yeates

Artist - Author - Teacher


Hello, I'm Susan. I am an artist, author, TedX Speaker and art tutor based in Woking in the UK. 

I have written two books on linocutting including Amazon no. 1 bestsellers, Learning Linocut (2011) and Beginner’s Guide to Linocut (2019). 

Why not join me for my annual 30-Day Sketchbook Challenge, starting on 01 Jan each year and love getting new people interested in art, sketching and creativity. 

As well as creating my own drawings and prints I love educating and sharing my knowledge - I have a number of e-courses tutoring beginners to drawing, sketching and printmaking. 

I am also a busy mama, a pottery cafe owner and reading addict. 

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1. Trailer: Hi, my name is season and welcome by my artists and offer andan online art teacher now getting inspired and staying inspired is so important to me. And I believe one of the foundations of living a creative life on a creative life could bring so much joy. So this helpful skill share class shows you the things I do personally to tend to my creativity on a regular basis. The's airways that I charge and recharge my creative batteries and say Goodbye toe artist block and fear of the blank page. These are things that spark ideas and massively increase my creative output. In other words, I make loads of stuff. So this class is packed full of advice exercises on tips on how to implement these ideas into your regular routine so they become second nature. The class is split into five main sections, each one a separate method or technique that gets you inspired and seeing the world in a new way. Each section has a explanation video plus a project and accompanying worksheet so that you can take action on implement these ultimate creativity boosters. Plus these things are actually super easy. Don't require any previous art skills or knowledge, and anyone can do them. So this class is perfect for anyone with creative hobbies for creative professionals such as designers and illustrators or anyone that is currently stuck in a rut and needs a little creative joy. I can't wait to see you in the class. So hidden role and let's get started on. Don't forget to follow me on skill Share Susan Yates and find me on Instagram under learning Lina, Cut to see what I get up to with my own art. See you soon. 2. Introduction: hello and a huge welcome to this class. My name is Susan Yates, and I will be your tutor and chief creativity booster for the duration. Now staying inspired on being creative is one of the most fundamental things in my life. And in my business as an artist and teacher, I need to come up with new designs, inspirational courses on fresh ways of working on a regular basis. And this is the same for any creative industry or on artistic endeavor. The need to make and create is at the heart of it all. Therefore, keeping motivated, inspired and generating fresh ideas is a huge key to success and for me, living a fulfilled and happy life. So in this class, I want to share with you the top five things that I do regularly keep me thinking creatively. These are my go to creativity boosters. And when I'm feeling star Cotman inspired, I returned to one of these things and in fact, I've realized that over time I do all of these things every single week. I've built them into my schedule to ensure that I never get that artist book. So I'm so excited to share these things with you and can't wait to see how it takes your creativity to the next level. Now, within the class, I have included a number of handy work sheets these worksheets provide you with action points, tasks and activities recommended way for you to actually do the things that I talk about. So these exercises and tasks are really important. It's great to learn about ways to be creative by watching these videos, but you do actually need to implement these things, too. Just one quick thing. Before I pause the video. I do recommend that you watch the videos first, work through the class in full on, then go back and go through the action points and worksheets. In other words, there implement the ways to do all these things regular yourself, so enjoy the class, and I hope it gets you to boost your creativity and find inspiration all around you. 3. Fill Your Cup: in this video. I want to talk about charging your creative batteries. Have you heard the phrase that you can't pull from an empty cup? You can't drink from an anti cop. Well, for me to output art and creativity regularly, I have to input loads of things into my mind to drop home and keep me thinking and breathing creatively. Its output. 10 Good ideas I need to input loads, loads, loads, more information and imagery. I need to see lots of things I need to read. Lots of things learn stuff. Do stuff sketch experiment on more. And this is me charging the creative battery so that I am brimming with ideas and excitement about what I'm going to produce next. So the main point here is if you want to output creatively, you need to input creatively. You can't drink from an empty cup. You need to fill your cup, so please see staying inspired at all of the things within this class as filling your cup. This means that when you need to draw upon inspiration, the creativity flows out freely, and there are so many ways to fill that cup, which I will discuss later. As we progress through this class. I can't wait to share this stuff with you. 4. About my Creative Journey: being inspired and inspiring others is what I live for, and it has taken me quite a few years to realize this. I'm an artist, creator, author and tutor, but I haven't always given so much time and dedication to creativity. So, first and foremost backtracking to where I began, I started Fine Asset University and specialized in printmaking. So this led me to create Prince on artwork and also, after a number of years, several books and courses in printmaking, including two Amazon number one bestsellers. Learning Line, A cup published in 2011 on a Beginner's Guide to Liner can't publish with Search Press in 2018. Now, over the years, I have learned that I love sharing my knowledge, and I love teaching of us. I love inspiring others to create art, to draw, to make lie, no cuts or to sketch for 30 days in a row. I run an annual 30 a sketchbook challenge, for example, every January, plus, as my business has changed, I've gone from artists to creative entrepreneur. I've set up a poetry painting cafe in 2019. I have reshaped my arty creative business to teach numeracy courses, including a monthly sketching membership called Inspire Plus, I've even presented a Ted X talk here in Sorry in working last year on collaboration for mums in business Now, in terms of taking my own creativity seriously on really making in focusing on making it a way of life. A huge turning point for me was when I had my little girl back in 2017. So when I became a month, it really gave me the drive and focus to only do what I love for career to create and inspire others to create. So this class has come about by my passion for inspiring others. I love everything creative, and I want you to love the same. I have discovered with time and experience the five main things that I do to stay inspired creatively. And that's what I will discuss in detail with worksheets and action plans here in this class. So I really hope that you start to implement some of these things regularly like I do, and it will help to shift your mind set on your world to supercharge your creativity to the next level and bring a lot of joy like it has done for my life now, I would also love to hear your story and find out what has brought you to this class. So do you feel free to connect with me on instagram on Facebook? Or even just drop me an email? So let's move on on my top five ways to fill your cup. 5. 1.a Learning: Let's talk about learning, stimulating the mind by learning something new. So learning has to be right up there as one of my top ways to stay inspired. And it's why I have included it. First, I educate myself on a regular basis bone, both offline and online. I like to find courses that teach me new skills, no ways of working and show me new opportunities. Now, please note that here I've included reading and separated that out was a separate subject, rather, including in here under the overarching bracket of learning. So are pause and come back to reading in a minute. So learning is one of the best ways to keep your mind inspired and challenged. It often forces you outside of your comfort zone. On this new place is where the magic happens. So here are some of my top tips for learning as a way to be inspired. So first of all, let's talk about learning in the forms of online learning and a subscription service. So there are many fabulous course platforms out there that offer on online subscription service for courses. In other words, you pay a monthly fee and then get full access to all of the courses on that platform. I use skill show myself. Most likely you do to cause we're here on skill chair at the moment. But there are, of course, lots of other creative platforms available things like creative live as well. Now these courses are often short bite size classes that just take a few hours to teach your subject. So potentially subscribing to one of these places could be a really good way to get a lot of different tasters into different subjects or even go quite deep. Now, the other great tip that I can suggest is seeking out teachers that you might like, so really find teachers that you love. And if there is a particular particular teacher that you love, devour all the content from them, a good teacher will produce will make more than one course or workshop to try out a few and see how you get on. For example, I've got a number of courses in sketching that I produce Andi confined. Those on my website said. If one student enjoys my courses, they can continue their journey and study again and again. So look for teachers that you love and what you found. One continue following all of the other things they come out with. They will really help you with your progression. So learn and gives you the opportunity to try something completely new. So a great way to use courses for inspiration is to try something you've never done before . There are so many beginner courses or taste of workshops available, but there is something for everybody. For example, every now and again I go to a one day taste, a workshop in something I've not done before, such as sewing or hand lettering or wicker basket making are trying to online course. I test something out in a new craft or critic painting or a technique that I've never really given much attention to you before. And when you do this course, maybe you love what you learn and you enjoy it, but you never do it again. Or maybe you really take it further. Either way, it's just a creative and fun experience that's taken you to a new place and pushed you out of your comfort zone, and that in itself could be totally inspiring. Another recommendation, I would say. When you're looking at learning is try different levels of courses. So one thing that I do myself is exactly this. I choose different levels of education. I love soaking up a free mini course on beginner level courses on a wide range of subjects . However, around once a year I signed myself up for more in depth course that costs me more in terms of both finance on time. Now these courses are the ones that go deeper on a subject, give you more intense feedback information on education. So I really see this is my kind of higher level education to really hone in on a subject or special ism that I wish to develop further. I've attended week long courses in subjects such as pattern making, dressmaking or textiles for prints. And in terms of online study, I personally have done longer 6 to 8 week in depth courses in online marketing and surface pattern design, because thes air subjects that I really want to know more about understand on such a deep level. So in the next video, I will give you some step by step action plans and points to help you build regular learning and education into your routine. 6. 1.b Learning Action Points: in this video, I'll give you a step by step plan for building some learning into your life to stay inspired. Bear in mind the information from the last video. Watch this video, then grab the worksheet and get going to step one. Set yourself a monthly. Allow allowance of ours for learning. I've done this monthly rather than daily or weekly to just allow for work schedules and general life for some people. You may have many hours to do this on a weekly basis of the many of you just a couple of hours per month. So it's important that when you think about allocating yourself a block of time or block of time, split over several weeks. But this is realistic for you on that. You can actually commit to it. Step two timetable these hours into your schedule and ring fence them on. This basically means that cannot be changed, and they cannot be moved. Thes are precious hours that you are dedicating to educate yourself. Step three. Research A number of online or offline courses that you would like to do. Use the notes section on the worksheet to write them all down, or maybe just use a sketchbook to write notes a mark. The men, in order of preference and probability, are perhaps even schedule some of them into that schedule into that timetable of ours that you've upset aside. Step full. Actually, enroll on a course. This could be a free many course. It could be starting a subscription service or committing to yourself to a more in depth course doesn't matter what it is, Really. The main thing is, you're committing yourself to learning something, and you know exactly when you're going to start and how many hours a month you're going to give to it. Take these steps off as you complete them and actually write down which course you're going to start with. Have fun with this. 7. 2.a Reading: for Method Number two, We will talk about reading, stimulating the mind by absorbing something new books, books, books, books. I have hundreds and about my house and in my studio, I'm a proper bookworm. I have literature, art, books, biographies, yoga, Tex gardening books, big reference books on loads. More books inspire me in so many ways. Those stories in fiction books, clever quotes, poems, interesting titles, images from the front covers and the work that talented illustrators and put in books. And that is before we actually get into art books themselves. Behind me, you might not just be able to see, but I have a collection of my art and craft books sat in the studio on. I refer back to them regularly, depending on what I'm working on and what I need at the time for me. I believe that reading expands the mind and to think and work creatively. Expanding the mind is absolutely essential. I love to read a mixture of books from fiction that is pure escapism to new ideas and concepts on then, our techniques to now a few books that I would recommend for creatives like yourself, are the ones that I have here on the table, these ones are gonna help you to think creatively and get inspired. So these are ones to help you enhance your creativity. It's a couple of books here that I really like by Austin. Clearly, we have got show your work on steel like an artist, their little short reads, but really worth looking at in terms of helping to build your mindset and output. As an artist, I also not books like this that encourage you to do something creative on a regular basis. This is just one example. This is 365 days of art. There's a couple more within this range, and there are lots of other little books that encourage you to do a daily drawing or a little mini doodle a day. So the pages tend to either be blank or half spaces, where you can do a little bit of sketching on a regular basis. So a really nice way to tend to your creativity. You got some real art classics. Here is where we got the artist way, which is by Julia Cameron, which again is a course in rediscovering your creative self. Some really ground breaking stuff in here that is fabulous to absorb, drawing on the right side of brain another really good book. That by Betty Edwards. That sort of helps you to become confidence in drawing drawing techniques. So this is a great one on Also, this little one I found here called How to Be Creative On by this Dean. It's a really good way. It's got some ideas on being creative as well, so there's just a few recommendations to begin with to get you started. If boosting your creativity, creativity and getting inspired is something you're really, really looking to focus on in the next few weeks and months. So there's not really much more to say on reading except do it. So let's move on to the next video where I will discuss making reading a regular past time and habit. 8. 2.b Reading Action Points: So let's talk about making reading a part of your regular routine in this video. I'm going to give you four tasks that you can carry out to get yourself reading regularly. It's another one I call this fiction fact and fun. So go looking around your house or your studio for three books. Ideally, that you haven't read yet. Search for one fiction book, one fact book. So a nonfiction information or reference book, one fund book, an arty, crafty just for fun one. And then commit yourself to read thes three books over the next month. It's quite a simple on that one. I like it now. Task number two is create a wish list. So I wanted to create a wish list of 10 books you want to buy, borrow or read on list those books on the work she provided and simply take them off. When you have done so, Another three is create the book review. So I wanted to find a book that I've read recently or find a new book to read and crack on . Read it. I wanted to pick six things about this book that you like. This could be quotes that you enjoyed and resonated with you concepts you want to put in place. It could be the writing style, the images you liked. Whatever it is that you enjoyed about this book, just write it down and create yourself a little mini book review and save that to come back to it. A later point on the number four is Treat yourself Go on to Amazon or any other online bookseller or visit Natural Bookshop and buy yourself one brand new book that is on your wish list right now. And all is just a book that you have wanted to read for ages now. One bonus tip. I also find it really helpful to have books around May and easily accessible. For example, my art books are in my art studio so I can grab whatever I need whenever I want it. Plus, I have books scattered around in various places in my house, a couple by the red, the bed to read before bed or first thing in the morning on one on two, and places like the lounge or conservatory where I might sit and relax. They won't stand by there, ready to go when I've got a spare, a few minutes to fill, and it's so much better than reaching for the phone and scrolling away. So see if you can reorganize your home on your creative space to assist you to read more easily and frequently, and that's it. Enjoy your reading. 9. 3. Looking: So let's talk about looking. Would I call observation with intent? Observation is a fundamental Skilling creativity and in all art forms to look, aunt to see things sometimes needs a little more attention than we realize. And if I'm honest, I've learned a lot from having a toddler. And from the way that they see the world with brand new eyes as a parent, that 32nd walk to the car that ends up being 10 minutes, which could be super frustrating, has been a huge learning point for me. It is all about that skill of observation that a young human has. Everything is exciting, that round pebbled, the sticky stick, the really blue sky but teeny weeny seed, the crunchy leaves. I mean, when you observe in detail like that, you can see why a 32nd walk now takes 10 minutes. It is actually mindfulness at its best. It's a topless take pleasure in the simple stuff and really look at things when they see them. Of course, they're learning about the world. We're back to 0.1 back to learning, but they truly, truly see as adults. We habitually don't look quite as much years of routine and habit kicking to play here. But to be inspired, you need to observe and look constantly and treat the rat the world around you as a plethora of ideas and wonderful creations. So just wonder the things that you see. Look at the colors, admire the shapes and observe the little tiny details. So that's the theory. Look more, but let's perhaps work out ways this could be done more constructively. So please use the tasks in the next video and the worksheet to build better ways of looking into your teeth with your routine on. Basically, practice some of this observation with intent. 10. 3.a Looking Action Points: Welcome back in this video. Let's look at some of the ways that we can build deeper observation into your regular routine. Now I've got four separate things for you to try, and there's a really quite fun, and we'll give you a chance to really learn the art of observing with intent. The task number one is observed nature. So I want you to go out on a walk outside and observe everything. Pay attention to all five senses as you walk. Feel the floor underneath your feet. Use your hands to touch items around you like trees, plants and even the ground smell. What's around you? Sometimes you walk. Stop to listen to the sounds that you can hear. How many sounds can you hear both near to you and far both natural and man made. What do you see? What do you see? Close up, What can you see far away? So just take your time and slow down. Take a long as you need on your walkers. You explore the five senses and perhaps note down at the end what you observed in how this made you feel. So just use a sketch book or journal to do this. The task number two I call Look at the small stuff. I wanted to find six everyday objects around your home, Lay them down in front of you and just study them. Look at them. Look at the tiny details on them. The shapes, the patterns on list thes six items on the worksheet provided with a note of one an interesting detail that you liked. You might even be inspired to sketch that detail, but that's a extra bonus. Now tell us number three is going a color hunt. Pick a color, then go around your home searching for everything. That or anything that contains or is completely not color. So maybe you say I'm gonna pick blue on you look for blue things around your home clothes, pens, cops. Anything that you can see now pause around five seconds looking at each item when you spot it. If you want, you can then collect foot 5 to 10 small items of that color. Maybe create a little still life or arrangement on a table or on the floor. And just take a photo of them for inspiration. And look at the different qualities of the car. Look for light shades. Dark shades. Look for the differences, even within a single color, on how that color is changed by the shapes that it's on. And number four is going a pattern hunt. So this task basically involved looking for patterns so you can do this either around your home or perhaps when you're out and about shopping or walking. So looking around, look for patterns around you. Pause for 5 to 10 seconds when you find a pattern just looking at it. So, for example, here, right now, I've done a little doodle here on the site, and I can see a pattern that I've done. I've been cutting mat in front of me here. I can see the criss cross lines on the cutting mats, so those are two patterns I could pause, stop on, observed just for a little bit. And again, it's a good idea to make a note of what you liked about what was interesting, or perhaps even just take a photo or a small sketch of that pattern just for reference. So these four tasks are things that you can try to really implement and learn the art off observation with intent. I really hope you had fun with these 11. 4. Collecting: Hello and welcome back. Now, many of my family will tell you that I've always been a hoarder, that I can't loads of useless stuff. And I mean, maybe they have a point when I have cupboards full of shells, corks, scraps of fabric and magazine cuttings. But I have always disagreed, as I would say, that I would define myself as a collector rather than a hoarder. The things that I apparently hoard all have a use. They all have a purpose to be my inspiration. So I highly recommend collecting things that inspire you. However, I probably would recommend being a little selective and also organized in the way that you collect two. Here are some examples now, First of all, you could start a scrapbook or a journal. So one of the best ways to collect things that inspires to stick it all in one place a big scrapbook journal sketch. But whatever you have to have this size is quite nice, which is a force of 30 by 20 centimeters, roughly something like that. So I often cut out images from magazines I collect scraps of fabric, point out to photos, quotes on even little bits of ribbon or buttons where I like the colors and the combinations. Now stick them in. A second idea is to create a ideas book, so box of ideas, a box of inspiration. So if you don't have time to create a beautifully curated scrapbook where you stick everything in, just get a big box. You can get a beautiful box. I bought this one, I think, from a garden center nearly a few last year. Or you could just simply grab a shoebox or cardboard books that you have a home, perhaps cover it on, then just shoving stuff that inspires you. And every time that you find something, so say that I think we'll use these for later. Pop them in. Shut the lid. Job done. You've got your box of inspiration. And so the little box of surprises, a creative box of goodies that you could add to regularly. And it just takes a few seconds to just throw something in when you're busy. So I love doing this on in the next studio. Next to get in the next video, I will open this box and show you what's inside. Now. The third thing I'd like to suggest is photos collecting photos, take photos, take lots off. Um, now this is the one of the greatest ways, in my opinion, to collect together visual information for me to draw upon for creative activities on its important especially that you take your own photos rather news other people's because then these photos, your view off the world about things that you were interested in, the photos that you take will be of things that inspire you. And this is what you need to boost your creativity, images of things that inspire you. Now you don't really need a super fancy camera or dedicated time for photography sessions, although, of course, you can do that. Brilliant. If you can just grab whatever you have to hand. And most sparked phone smartphones today have fabulous cameras on them, and they take great images. So I use old iPhone myself. That's probably over five or six years old. Andi, I carried about with me all the time, so I use it to take snaps of things when I'm out and about of stuff that I like what I do to help keep everything nice and tidy on my phone, I have a folder called Inspiration Within my photos. I'm probably about once a week I'll go through the photos that I've taken and just select all the ones that are inspiration ones. So say, for example, if I go in the walk in the woods and I've taken photos of some leaves or some flowers arc, highlight all those ones and save them in a folder called Inspirations that when I come to my creative activities or my drawing them like all I took some photos of some flowers, I can go to that specific folder on my phone, find the photos, print them out or put them on my iPad so they're bigger, and then I can draw from them, for example. So why use it regularly for drawing? So I have. Those three things are useful, but the main point of this video is stopped collecting stuff that inspired you. So I'll see you in the next video, where I talk about the tasks that I'm gonna ask you to dio 12. 4.a Collecting Action Points: hi and welcome back. So in terms of collecting things and using collecting as a way off, boosting your creativity on having lots of things to be inspired by, I'm just going to set you too. Simple tasks are too simple projects that I want you to complete. The task number one is called Take 10 photos on it. Pretty much is, as it says on the 10. I wanted to go out and take photos of 10 things that you like. These could be items, objects, places, people or even works of arts. And save these photos in a folder either on your phone or your computer or print them out. Whatever works for you on, I'd like you to list the's on the workshop, on the worksheet, what they are. And perhaps what inspires you about thes visual images. So go out and actively take 10 photos, or over the course of the next week or even next month, just take a photo here and there, and these could be your 10 photos that you print out that you save on that. You make a comment on why they inspire you. So that's Project one. Let's talk about project to project to is to start a scrapbook or on ideas, inspiration box. So depending on what call to you from the previous video And when I talked about scrapbook or box, whichever one you prefer to do, whatever appeals to you, I wanted to crack on and make one on. I want you to. If you're doing the box, I want you to think perhaps, about making a really nice cover for the box if it isn't already pre decorated in a nice way. And the same goes for your scrapbook, perhaps stick things on the cover and make it really yours. It's a very special, inspiring place for things to be for you. And over the next month, I want you to collect or place in your books or your scrapbook at least 10 different things so that you have things starting to build up in their on. Then as you go forward, I would probably set yourself a little task of adding maybe at least three things a week to the books or to the scrapbook. So let me move this out of the way and to show you what is in my inspiration box now this is lives in the studio lives at the back, over there on the shelf on I just lift the lid shop things in unclos it again. So at the moment, I've got a bit of a mixture of things in here. I've got little bits of card that I've cut out at some postcards that came free with a magazine. I thought quite like the floor drawings. I've got a ribbon Got those corks that I just popped in in the previous video has got little book. You know, I quite like some of the imagery in this book on It's Not a Booker Plan on keeping in my bookcase. I was actually thinking of cutting up this book. I got some magazine cuttings. I've got lots and lots and lots of fabric scraps because I've been doing a lot of sewing, and some of the colors of the fabric has been very inspiring for me. I've got program from an exhibition. I've got some wrapping paper for my daughter's birthday presents that I really like the Rainbow Zone of that. We're gonna keep a little bit of that more magazine cuttings, and I found some postcards that I had when I was clearing out the studio a little while ago there actually off embroidery on and sewing. So I thought those were really quite lovely to keep, but you get the gist. That's what's in my inspiration box. It could even be bits of sketching that you've done that. You know, you might not sitting a sketch, but what you can track it in your ideas box so hyped that, um, I heard that really helps you on. I would definitely definitely recommend getting a box and popping things in it and using it for inspiration on a regular basis. I find it helps me massively. So have fun with those two tasks on, I will see for our final thing to do as part of our five things to boost your creativity and get you inspired. 13. 5. Sketching: welcome back in this video, I want to talk about sketching and doodling as a creativity boosting tool. Now I've saved this one for last, as it is the one that involves the most action or active creativity. It can also be inspired by the last four points that we've already discussed in this class . So it logically fits here at the very end. So for me, sketching and doodling is one of the most important things that I do to live a truly creative life on a sketching and doodling that I'm talking about here is not designing or drawing with a specific aim in mind. This is drawing for the sake of drawing. This is all about the process. And it's not about perfection or finished pieces of work. It could even be classed as mindful, drawing or doodling. I personally have different types of drawing and sketching that I do. I have the type that is preparatory work for finished pieces of work for finished prints on . Then I have the type I'm talking about here, the warm up, sketching the doodling on the creativity boosters. Now I build this type of sketching, doodling and drawing into my weekly routine. I am for daily. But whether toddler and to businesses to run, I often find it ends up being every other day several times a week in short bursts on bond . I often turn to it when I feel a little flat. In terms of inspiration, I come to this basic form of doodling and sketching on very often. I have a little mini sketchbook that I doodle in, for example, over a lunchtime or first thing morning or even just over breakfast. I'll just grab a pen. I often have this a pack of pencils and pens around me, and I've usually got one of my small sketchbooks about, and I'll just use this to do a little doodle on a little something. Okay, so I often very often do this before I start some work drawing or writing. So if I'm writing a book writing, of course, during some line a printing where I'm doing a longer creative task often do a little doodle , a little drawing to just warm up my creative mind before I do. And sometimes even when I'm on the phone on when I'm watching TV, I have paper on my desk when I work, and if I'm on the phone, I don't you can see on the video. But here I've just got some doodles that I was doing when I was on the phone to somebody a couple of days ago. So what is important here is doing some form of doodling or drawing on a regular basis of making this a habit. I do have some further resource is that might be helpful for you. I've got a couple of skill share classes, one on exploring pencils and pencil drawing, which is actually quite a mindful exploratory course on then, a very mindful drawing course on scale share, which is, during many mindful mandalas a little bit of a tongue twister. So there is couple, of course, is also available in schools. Share for you to enjoy on an external to skill share. I have other sketching on drawing on course. It's some of which are free, some of which are paid, but there's definitely a really good one that might help you. One called get inspired five days of creativity boosting exercise, and that's a drawing based little course. So that's what I've got, so I hope that this video just highlights to you. Doing a little bit of doodling. A little bit of sketching is a really fantastic foundation to creativity. Okay, so let's move on to the next video. We'll talk about what your task is going to be. 14. 5.a Sketching Action Points : hi and welcome back. So to get you started with sketching, I have set you just one simple task on this is to complete your own seven day sketching challenge. Now pick a week that will work for you and set yourself this challenge to do the lost sketch for seven days in a road. It's important. These are seven days in a row, not one day, one week, one day the next week on it doesn't really matter what you pick in terms of your subject matter, you could pick the same subject matter to draw each day, or a different prompt or topic for each day completely up to you. What you do on the subject matter, As I've said, it really isn't important. It's the process of opening up the sketchbook on putting pencil to paper. That is important. This is the rial true creativity beast. It's a fabulous thing to do now. I also want you to take just 5 to 10 minutes on the sketch, no longer make it a short and sweet exercise. You can either pick a subject matter from the ones I'm going to suggest in a moment there, written down on the worksheet, and I'll read them out for you now or create your own theme offs. Kept set of sketching prompts. So some of the props that I've suggested for you to perhaps use are things like flowers or leaves, circles or dots patterns, everyday objects, birds, poor traits or even faces, butterflies, fruits and vegetables. So there's plenty to choose from here that I have suggested. But of course, whatever topic works for you, and you can draw in 5 to 10 minutes. Then select that topic on. I want you to prepare this list of prompts or task in advance, using the worksheet so that when you are ready to start your challenge, you don't have to think about what to draw. You simply go day one up. I'm during patterns. Open your sketchbook and stop during a pattern, so keep it simple. Choose one pencil or one pen. Don't go crazy on it. On a small sketchbook to work in, you've only got 5 to 10 minutes, so I'd recommend something like this, which is six by four inches, 10 by 15 centimeters. A six. Something small is gonna work fabulously for this on. I wanted to tick off each day on the worksheet as you complete it. Don't forget that if you enjoyed the seven day sort of challenge and working in this way, I also annually run a 30 day sketchbook challenge in January. If you really want a super massive sketching, creativity, booster, start of the year. So have fun with your sketching challenge is gonna take you a week, but only five, 10 minutes a day. But it would be a really fun activity, and it will start in a week, even just in a week. It will start to the camp habit and you really will see some creative benefits from working in this way and just doing a little bit of sketching on a regular basis. Have fun. 15. Thank you and Project: thank you so much for joining me in this skill share class. And I really hope that you have enjoyed it and found it helpful. I would now recommend going back to implement the action points and tasks from the videos, download the worksheets and get cracking if you haven't done so already. Now this, of course, may take you a little time. So please take your time as you build these things into your regular routine. There are a lot of changes to make if you don't do these things already. Now, as I said started the class learning the theory here is great, but you do need to actually implement these things to see change and to see a big boost in your creativity. Andi, in the way that you are inspired by the world around you. Someone 12 project now for the specific project for the skill share class. In other words, want to share with me in the project section? I would like you to make sure that you complete these two tasks. These are ones that we've mentioned already that are part of the activities from the worksheets. So the two tasks that I want you to complete as part off this project is to start an inspiration box or a scrapbook for saving all of your little things that inspire you regularly. So I just go out my one here to show you again. So I want you to start something like this or a scrapbook. I need to take a picture of it, maybe even show me what you've been saving in it over a couple of weeks. The other thing that I want you to do in the project is the seven day sketching Challenge. I'd like you to share your seven days of sketches with May. Or if you don't feel comfortable sharing your arm sketches publicly, perhaps to share the list of prompts that you used for your seven day sketching challenge. Okay, so please share these two elements of the project. And, of course, do all the other stuff just for your own personal gain and benefit on have a load of fun. So once again, thank you for joining me in this class. And please, do you connect with me on Facebook on instagram or email? I thought I'd love to hear how you're getting on and how these things have worked for you on. If you've enjoyed this class, please do Leave me a positive review and check out my other school share classes. I've got one on drawing many mindful man dollars, which I have a few examples here. Really lovely, wonderful doodling and mind for drawing activity. They also have another class on exploring pencil so away to use pencils to learn and understand about the different types of pencils on how to just become more confident with drawings. That's a really fun class to do as well. I teach loads of other classes. You'll find me at magenta hyphen sky dot com. That is my website. Andi. I have a number of online courses and sketching and drawing on a really, really special sketching membership called Inspire. So Inspired is a celebration of all things creative and inspirational. So if you've enjoyed this course, I am sure you would enjoy inspire. It's a sketching membership with myself, designed especially for creative souls that crave ideas and plenty of arty things to do on a monthly basis. So each month within inspire, I provide you with new our tutorials, themes, projects, challenges, book reviews, material recommendations and much, much more. The aim to keep you inspired on cultivating that creativity. So do check it out Inspire Thank you so much for watching this glass. I hope you have fun on. I will see you see Take care.