My creative process is all about JOY. When I'm in a low mood, finding my way to paints, pens and ink...lifts my spirit.
I experience JOY from the moment I begin to prepare for the creative process.
I start by switching in to clothes that allow me to move and get messy. (It's usually a pair of yoga pants and a tank top so my arms are free to move). Then I pin up my hair in a bun and remove all jewelry.
Next, it's time to turn on some music (check out my playlist on Spotify). I have a few playlists to match my mood, this one is my starting point. Depending on my mood I may switch to another playlist or design a new playlist to match my mood. Music is key for me.
Depending on my mood I may light candles or incense to change the energy of the space. My favorite incense is Nag Champa or Bukhoor.
Then it's time to pick my supplies by searching through drawers full of inspiration in my studio.
I begin to create in my art journal by slapping paint on pages until I feel inspired to do the next thing. I usually have a few projects going to I can flow creatively without having to wait for a page to dry fully. I might work in 2 journals or move between journaling, writing this blog and searching for inspiration online. I'm look for a creative spark, a color, a phrase, an image to move me to the next creative action.
That process continues until I feel expressed, empty ... or something in my life pulls me away from my studio. (like life :))
When I can ride that wave...it's bliss. I never want it to end. I'm completely in the zone. I am completely free in my expression. I am the most alive in those moments.
What is your process for preparing for creativity?