I’ve had a creative mind since a very young age. I like to think it’s because my family is more into creative arts than sports. My mom loves to bake, my dad is a musician, my sister is an actress, and I guess I’m a blogger now with many creative interests like baking, crafting, and designing. I guess you could say we are a creative family. Just in case you’re new here, I graduated this past May with a bachelors degree in community health science. During my time in college, I also worked part-time so I found myself either studying for my incredibly challenging science classes or working. Not much time for a creative hobby, although I did watch a lot of Netflix (pretty sure that’s the only way I survived college but that is beside the point). Since I never had time to set aside for drawing my skills began to diminish. Ever heard of the phrase use it or lose it? Totally applies here. Because I had to put most of my time into school and work, I know I wasn’t the creatively oriented person I know I could be.
When I graduated, I decided I needed to really establish more of a creative hobby and that is how this little blog got started, but I craved more. Honestly I wanted my drawing skills back. This was easier said than done due to the fact that I have incredibly high standards for myself where I expected that my drawings won’t stuck even though it’s been ages since I’ve doodled something besides a cupcake. Let me tell ya, I’ve got cupcakes down. On top of overcoming this problem, I’m terrible at coming up with ideas of what to draw. Luckily I have found a solution to this!
I have a collection of four books in order to help me regain my creative edge. Two of them are drawing books and the other two are adult coloring books (seriously, read up on these things). The two drawing books are sketching books that tell you what to draw on each page, which is perfect for me. I have to admit I haven’t made the most progress with these so far just because I’m a little intimidated. I’m also having some trouble figuring out how to get what I picture in my head on the page. However, practice makes perfect and I’ll get there eventually. For “The Sketch Book Project” sketchbook I decided to make it cupcake themed in a sense where I plan on incorporating a cupcake on each page of the book. My fun little story for this is that the sketchbook has been “taken over by evil cupcakes.” I’m pretty excited to really get to work in the “642 Fashion Items to Draw” book just because I love fashion (which I’m sure you knew). They have so many interesting and exciting items to draw!
I have been getting a lot of use out of one of my coloring books that I picked up in Sonoma called “Secret Paris.” There are so many pages that I just can’t wait to color; I LOVE COLORING and pairing colors together! Seriously this book is adorable and makes me feel very Parisian. My only compliant would be that the color rubs off onto the other page, but that is mainly because you have to color back-to-back pages. I think it’s also because I apply so much pressure to my color pencils to get the dark smooth texture so unfortunately it’s bound to happen. The other coloring book I have (not photographed) is a vacation themed book; in all honestly I have not really used it yet just because I’ve been head over heels for the Paris one.
I’ve found these sketch and coloring books to be so helpful in getting me back into my creative ways while working my muscle memory to get back the skills I used to have. It’s been a nice way to end my day: a little bit of coloring and drawing right before I go to bed. I mean the adult coloring books have the slogan “color your way to calm.” SO TRUE, it just makes me relax. How do you get creative?