When I started this blog, I initially wanted to teach graphic design. This week, I’ve been a little more quiet as far as posting goes because I decided I’m not sure I want to take this route. I do enjoy creativity and I love finding patterns, textures, and art online and showing you about it. I do enjoy inspiring others. However, I’m not sure what route I need to take with this blog. Maybe it’s because I, too, am still learning and I’m not sure where I’m gonna land.
I started blogging and reading other creativity blogs out there and they are all sort of the same in how they operate: write a lot of posts, do tutorials, offer a lot of free stuff, and sell services or products. I’m still not sure I like that methodology. For me, blogging has always been about connecting and listening and sharing in other people’s joys and sorrows. Blogging for me has never been an angle to make a lot of money.
With that said, I do have affiliate links on my website and do a few creative things for my shop, if people are interested, but it’s not my main goal. I’d love to make some money from my blog–but that sort of sucks the fun out of it for me. I guess I just want to write about things, connect with other people, learn more about art and design, and then see what happens. Maybe that’s backwards logic, but it’s what makes sense to me right now.
So, I guess what I’m trying to say is, I’m not sure what my goal is right now except that I am just learning new things and trying to enjoy what I’m learning. Here are a few things I’ve picked up:
Learning Brush Lettering
I’m sucked into brush lettering. It’s ridiculous how many pens and markers I have. I even purchased a holder for them. I’m addicted to all the different types of pens and colors out there. I need a self-help group. I love how this “b” turned out. You should’ve seen how bad my letters were when I started in December. I’ve learned so much! It’s fun to see how much I’m improving in such a short time. I hope by this time next year, it’s just second nature.
Learning How To Doodle
I’m not very good at all at drawing. But, I’m taking some Skillshare classes and little by little learning more about how to draw. I need to sit down and get more serious about it, but I’m spending a lot of my free time with brush lettering, so doodling/drawing is something I do when I have some spare time, so I’m not seeing big gains in this area like I am with brush lettering. After I get all the letters down for brush lettering, I’m going to focus more on drawing.
Watercolors and the way they look really appeal to me. I’ve always wanted to learn how to create with watercolors. I did take one class and created a watercolor “blotch” for digital use, but I really want to learn more about using them. I also like the idea of watercolor pens for brush lettering (instead of the brush pens) but I’m holding off on learning this skill just yet.
Learning Pattern Design
I’m taking a class on Lynda.com (I didn’t like the ones on Skillshare for learning patterns) to learn how to create patterns in Illustrator. I like the idea of repeatable patterns, but again, you need to know how to draw or at least make good doodles. So that’s my focus right now and I’m still learning the process of patterns as well. I recommend Von Glitschka’s class on Lynda because he’s very thorough and not annoying. Side note: One lady on Skillshare kept smacking her tongue on the roof of her mouth in her tutorial and it was driving me insane! I just had a funny conversation with my best friend about noises that make me go into a rage and one of them is mouth noises. Just drives me up a wall.
So, I’m still learning a lot of things, but will share some freebies here still and offer creative inspiration. But who knows? Maybe in the future I might switch it up when I find a niche to hang on to.
Speaking of creative, the Lego Company really is a great company. My daughter who is turning 18 and has autism is obsessed with Lego Ninjago. So I asked if they would maybe send her a card signed by the Ninjago characters. She has a YouTube channel and writes fanfiction about Ninjago. For over 3 years now, she’s revolved all her creativity around these characters. So Lego said they’d send her a poster of the Ninjago characters and have them sign it (whatever that means…lol) and also send a card to wish her happy birthday. I thought that was awesome of them!
So, that’s where I’m at!
What new things are you trying to work on? What’s something creative you really enjoy?