Hi, I’m Amy…
I blog about creativity for non-artists to help them discover their own creative voice because discovering mine has changed the way I see myself and the world around me.
For the last 5 years I’ve been on creativity’s wild ride and it’s been exhilarating.
Now I’m sharing what I’ve learned with others like me and having the time of my life.
I’m here to help you rediscover the creativity that’s still inside of you!
Is this you?
You don’t think you have a creative bone in your body, but still have a nagging desire to create things?
Maybe you buy a new journal every other week or have a secret stash of colorful markers, highlighters or pens.
You hang out in the world of creatives, but stay in the shadows.
Maybe you work in advertising, so you can be around designers or do fundraising projects for your local community theater.
You won’t try anything unless you’re sure you can “do it right”.
In order to start a project you need concise instructions about materials, colors, sizes etc. along with a clear idea of the end result.
You constantly compare, compare, compare.
You look at the creative work of others and think “I would love to do something like that, but I just don’t have the talent.”
You’re trying to find the “thing” that you can finally be good at.
Maybe you’ve tried painting or drawing or scrapbooking, but didn’t get the hang of it right away, so you assumed it just wasn’t your “thing”.
How Everything Changed for Me
I spent years as a “shadow” artist, admiring the art and creativity of others from afar. I didn’t think I was a creative person, even though I always longed to create.
My early attempts at creativity included projects with specific instructions – like latch hook kits, paint by number and jewelry kits. I dabbled in cutting patterns on the scroll saw and painted a lot of my own ceramic figurines too. But all of my projects had a few things in common – I was working on specific tasks or trying to copy what others had done. I rarely finished anything.
These projects left me feeling bored or even frustrated when I couldn’t get things right. I’d soon abandon my project and end up with a pile of new materials collecting dust in my closet.
I repeated this cycle over and over again trying to find “the thing” that I was good at. Eventually I started to resist buying new books or materials. I felt like I was just wasting my time and money. I closed myself off to creativity, thinking it was a gift I just wasn’t born with.
I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Everything changed when I got some radical advice from a life coach I was working with. During one of our sessions she casually mentioned that she started her mornings with some sketching and found it really fulfilling. My first thought was “That sounds so great, but I could never do anything like that…”
She made me challenge that perception with a unique assignment. She encouraged me to play – to draw or color or paint whatever I wanted. To just draw circles – anything that could get me away from following instructions in a book and my worries about “doing it right”.
The small pencil sketch you see here, changed who I thought I was. I started sketching, drawing and playing on a regular basis and lo’ and behold, my skills improved. Soon I began exploring my own creativity with passion and confidence. Creating my own art without instructions. I just needed that push to get started and I was off and running.
That’s what I want for you too. I’m so excited to be part of your journey to rediscovering your creative self. If I can do it, anyone can!