Welcome to Creatively Curious
I’m Amanda, the face behind Creatively Curious, and with this blog post I want to tell you a bit more about me and my vision.
I am a 49-year-old mother and grandmother and I have lived in Brighton on the Sussex coast for over 25 years. I live on the 13th floor of a high-rise where I am blessed with stunning views and a 5-minute walk to the beach. I work from my Studio in the Sky, a self-created a studio space in my bedroom, it works well, and the room has happily coexisted as a studio/bedroom for 5 years.
On the 31st December 2017 I completed 3 years of daily drawing, that's 1096 days. Daily practice was one of the best choices I have ever made as an artist. It changed my life.
Daily practice has given me
- confidence as an artist
- commitment to creativity
- passion and love for drawing and keeping sketchbooks
When my mental wellbeing was suffering, sitting on the sofa with my sketchbook and drawing was my world away from the everyday, it was my way to calm my mind.
“To motivate and inspire the creative and curious to put pen to paper”
Because part of self-care is taking time out from our busy lives to do something we have longed to do or left behind years ago. It’s allowing yourself to reconnect with your creative side by putting pen to paper.
Because connecting to our creativity is good for mental wellbeing and helps our minds to focus on the task at hand rather than thinking about millions of other things.
Because you are allowed to do this and not feel guilty!
I have developed tools to make creativity, aka putting pen to paper, a natural part of your day, week or month (don’t worry, I don’t expect you to suddenly jump straight into a year-long challenge).
I would like to share with you different ways to find time for creativity, even when you think you don’t have a moment to spare.
Sketchbooks are such an important part of my life, I want to help you to overcome the fear of using them and to make them a place where you feel free to experiment, explore your creative side and truly be you.
Through online groups, tips and advice, challenges and workshops, and beautiful stationery.
2020 is the year to put pen to paper and be Creatively Curious.
I am reintroducing my own daily practice in 2020 and I can’t wait. Back in 2017, after day 1096, I had generated so much work that I needed give myself space to look at what I had created and do something with it.
To prepare myself for 2020 daily practice, I am participating in Inktober which is an online global daily challenge for October on Instagram. I have joined in before and used their prompts, but this time I created my own, I am drawing a month of mindful Mandalas – my own form of creative meditation.
I set myself a 30-minute time limit (this is important to keep daily practice from turning into a chore) and I have a set size for the paper: 9x9 cm.
So pleased I took part in this challenge only a few days left
You can check out my progress on Instagram or Facebook
For my daily challenge in November I will be doing a month of sketchbook practice. As before I have set myself a time limit at least 30mins a day.
I know some people find it hard to use sketchbooks,If you are struggling with putting pen to paper, using a sketchbook or making time to be creative without guilt, please contact me and let me know what’s holding you back you can do this via email at email@example.com or message me.
Thank you for reading this and finding out more about me and My Why.