How’d you come up with that? I could never be that creative. Is there anything you can’t do?
Throughout my life, I’ve heard the same statements and questions over and over again. From clients. Friends. Colleagues. Even fellow creatives! It blows my mind. It seems that half the population doubts their ability to produce while the other half says “screw it, let’s do it!”
There’s an idea that you were born with a mindset and it guides you through your life. You’re either creative or you’re not. I call bullshit. Why? Because nothing comes naturally for me either. I’ve had to learn it just like everyone else. When I started painting, I picked up paints and a brush and made some swirls and they were awful. My first few paintings were disastrous. But I didn’t put my tools away and give up. I found artists who created the work I loved and I learned the names of the styles. Then I bought books about the styles. I googled. I followed people on Pinterest. With each new discovery, I learned a new technique. We don’t expect people to perform complicated equations without first being taught how to count. So why would we expect that one can create without first learning the foundations of art?
So today, I’m sharing six Instagram accounts who have helped me hone my crafting and art skills. From painting to needlework, baking to paper crafts, these are the people who have taught me that anyone can create. It just requires foundational learning and a change in mindset.
If you're looking for someone who can do it all and will guide you with video tutorials, Amber from @damasklove is your girl. She's kind of a big deal in the crafting world and for good reason. Her blog is full of great written tutorials and she hosts a weekly Facebook and Instargam Live tutorial for your lunch breaks. Plus, she's really funny to boot! My kind of crafter!
Ariel's husband, Dan, is in the Canadian Military and they live in military housing. In the States, we call this Base Housing. She does an amazing job of keeping their homes looking fresh and fun, while sticking to a budget and within the guidelines of military housing restraints. Also, her cocktail recipes are perfection and her pets (especially her dog, Bruce) are fantastically charming.
Toni's also a Military spouse and a mother. She has amazing tutorials that will help you whip up some sweets that are delicious and look like a million bucks! You know those fancy boutique bakeries where the cookies all look too good to eat? Yeah. Those kinds of treats. Imagine serving them to party guests and when they ask where you bought them, saying "Oh I made them myself" and then tossing your hair with a sly grin.
Amy has a great eye for bright colors and hilariously cute Halloween costumes. She also runs an etsy shop with her creations. Her focus on maintaining good mental health through creativity makes her one of my favorite creators.
Just look at that face. You can tell Toni loves everything she does. Her enthusiasm for crochet and yarn crafts comes through in every blog, instagram shot, and story she posts. Her tutorials are insightful and so good! She even posts free crochet patterns.
Marlene is the anti-crafters crafter. No kitsch here, guys. Just good, straight-forward tutorials for making useful decorative objects and accessories. If you're looking for someone with that bohemian flair to help you decorate your home on a budget, she's the one for you! She especially caters to beginning crafters. So even if you've never held a glue gun, she can help you get on the path.
As promised, here's the list of my favorite hashtags to search and follow to find more amazing crafting friends on Instagram.
#flashes of delight
I hope these women inspire you to let go of your fears and start creating. There's nothing more fulfilling than knowing you are capable.