• Hannah Kaplan

4 tips for making creativity a negativity free zone

Learning to Grow

24x30" on canvas


Creativity has the potential to be a place where you can connect with yourself on a deeper level, and express yourself without words. But if you're anything like me, that critical voice can creep in and totally mess with the entire experience. Suddenly, something that was meant to be all about using art as self care has turned into something stress-inducing. With that in mind, here are my 4 top tips for making your creative expression a positive and nourishing experience.

1. Choose colours intuitively

Pay attention to what colours are calling to you. I like to have a range of colours and values as well as a healthy dollop of white, and I mix them up and dip my brush into them without overthinking my instincts. This is about loosening up and using art as a means of self expression, this is not about whether or not you wind up creating a balanced composition.

2. Embrace your curiosity

Treat the experience of creating as an experiment: what would happen if I tried this? You are here to play with your materials and see what you can make them do. Whatever you make, show it to me and I will hang it on my fridge, because this is about unconditional support and acceptance. This is play time, this is self care.

3. Relinquish control

Hold your brush loosely or in your non-dominant hand. Use alternative tools. There are other techniques that kind of force you to release control. It may seem counterintuitive, but when you relinquish control by introducing barriers that prevent you from treating your work as overly precious, I believe that you’re able to access a deeper, physical, unfiltered level of self expression.

4. Make ugly art

If you want creativity to be a place of healing for you, you can’t be afraid to make a mess. Sometimes when I paint I make everything I touch uglier than when I found it. No worries! Those ugly layers are going to give me something to work with next time. If the practice of painting allows me to clear some of the anxious fog out of my head, I can't be too bothered if I'm not also able to make a masterpiece every time I paint.

When was the last time you played without judging yourself?

The painting of the week is called Learning to Grow. It's about the journey we are all on, and how we can choose to continue to learn and grow and evolve into more genuine versions of ourselves.

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Xo, Hannah

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