CREATIVITY DURING CORONA: 4 TIPS

If you read my last blog about 3 ways of enjoying art from home then you might got inspired. Therefore I made you this blog with 4 tips for creativity during corona. Let’s get our creative groove on and take our mind off things!

1: FREE COLOURING SHEETS EXOTIC SEA LIFE

creativity during corona free art downloads
Exotic Sea Life ink drawings for free. Let’s get creative!

I made you a free PDF with all my Exotic Sea Life ink drawings. You can print them, colour them with crayons, markers, watercolour paint or even acrylics. But you can also craft them into a collage or frame them. It’s up to you!

Check out my Free Art page for the downloads (you don’t have to sign up, just one click, because I want everybody to be able to enjoy!).

Share your creativity with me on Instagram using the #creativefranzy
I’d love to see your take on them!

2: FREE ART PUZZLES

Secondly there’s a Sunflower and a Rose puzzle. You can print out the pages and put them in the right positions to get yourself a sunflower or a rose ink drawing. Which you can then colour or craft into something entirely new!

Check out my Free Art page for the downloads (you don’t have to sign up, just one click, because I want everybody to be able to enjoy!).

Share your creativity with me on Instagram using the #creativefranzy
I’d love to see your take on them!

3: CREATIVITY DURING CORONA: FACE THE FOLIAGE

face the foliage creativity during corona
@facethefoliage

One of you replied on my last blog with this AMAZING Instagram account. It makes faces out of foliage. And it’s super easy to recreate at home. Just use your dried out Easter tulip bouquet. Or take a walk and bring some dandelions and daisies back home to play with. It’s easy but the results can be amazing!

4: CREATIVE ONLINE CLASSES

Many creatives offer online classes and workshops. For instance, check out the online sewing classes by Atelier Bydo. Or watch one of the DIY soap tutorials by Lovely Greens. I’m sure your favourite creative also hosts an Instagram Live or started a YouTube channel.

CREATIVITY DURING CORONA

Lovely greens soap making diy tutorial
Lovely Greens

Of course there are a million more ways of getting creative during corona. If you like cooking or baking, give that one recipe a go you’ve been avoiding for ages because it has this very involved part in it.

And guess what, right now is the perfect time for sowing flower seeds in your garden or in a pot on your balcony. The weather has been great so far, just make sure they get enough water and it shouldn’t be too difficult.

Whatever you choose, make sure it’s something with quick results. To be sure it gives you satisfaction and a good feeling about yourself. In stead of catapulting you into the abyss of self doubt and criticism. (As for me: I thought, well, I’ve got all the time in the world, why don’t I finally start working on my sci-fi screenplay!) I found that sort of long term creative projects are not for now. So don’t start writing a book, learning a difficult language or start playing the violin all by yourself. Be gentle. (Though, if you’re already half-way on that book, by all means keep going 🙂 ).

YOUR TURN!

So now it’s your turn! Out of the 4 tips I shared, which one did you find the most helpful? Love to hear! And do you have some tips to add yourself? Share them in the comments so we can inspire each other!

ART IN ISOLATION : FOUR WAYS TO ENJOY ART WHILE IN CORONA ISOLATION

The corona isolation measures are still in effect. So I thought I’d give you four ways of enjoying art from your living room. Because sometimes the best inspiration can be found close to home. Or at home in this instance. So here they are: four ways to enjoy art in isolation:

1: ENJOY ONLINE ART IN ISOLATION

The ways of enjoying art online are numerous! Let me give you a few:

Several museums have put their current exhibitions online for the public to enjoy. Rijksmuseum of course has a very large online collection. But also for instance Rijksmuseum Twenthe has made a digital exhibit of their current Picasso and Matisse. Beauty is a line. Just browse your favourite museum’s website and check out what kind of digital art they are offering. And enjoy it from your living room.

Follow some artsy social media accounts. Instagram and Pinterest are the best platforms in this case, because these are primarily visual platforms. Instagram is full of amazingly talented artist. You can find artists by theme. For instance: abstract, colourful, modern, portraits, landscapes, botanical, etc. Or find them by material. For instance: watercolour, oil paint, ceramics, wool, fabrics, fluid acrylic, flowers. Or start by following one of your favourite artists. The Instagram algorithm will then lead you to other similar accounts. The same goes for Pinterest.

Some of my favourite Instagram accounts are:

@redrubyrose
@molesworthandbird
@karenbuntingdesign
@r.o.b.e.r.t.d.e.g.a.r.d.e
@kaprosh.art
@westcoastweaversskye
@studioglashelder
@meikejanssens.be
@afterhourspottery
@the_art_kroep
@coraverhagen
@josworms
@gertdemulder
@shilasdair_yarns
@jhon.yalanda

enjoy art in isolation: online art instagram accounts red ruby rose
Red Ruby Rose

2. ENJOY ART BOOKS

Maybe you have your own art books to browse. Maybe you can join your local library. Or maybe you can organise a small local library in your neighbourhood. I live in a very large apartment building and last week there where suddenly laying books all over the bench on the ground floor. What happened? One of my neighbours just started a ‘building’ library. I then joined her and before I knew I had the best books in town!

And just in case your local library is closed: many libraries offer their e-books for free right now! So be sure to check it out on their website. Also a very nice way of keeping your children occupied.

enjoy art in isolation online: molesworth and bird in the uk
Molesworth & Bird

3. ENJOY ART MOVIES

I think you already know where I am going with this: Netflix (and chill > if you’re done with art then that’s the first thing I’d recommend during isolation, but never mind). Some of the best art movies now on Netflix are:

The Danish Girl
Walt before Mickey
Velvet Buzzsaw
House of Z
Marie Antoinette
Bowie: the man who changed the world
Shirkers
Ai Weiwei: never sorry
Beltrachhi: the art of forgery
Abstract: the art of design
The 100 years show

enjoy art in isolation: westcoast weavers on the isle of skye
Westcoast Weavers

4. ENJOY ART FACTS

Like I always say: Wikipedia is your friend! Especially if you can read a little English. Because the English version is wayyyy more extensive than the Dutch version. Or the French, or the Spanish, for that matter. So, go to Wikipedia. Just start at the page of your favourite artist and let yourself be dragged into the heavenly deep crypts of Wikipedia knowledge. This way of enjoying art in isolation is definitely on top of my list. Before I know it my whole evening is goooone.

ENJOY ART IN ISOLATION

I hope you find these tips useful. Very soon I will also share some tips of being and getting creative in isolation. But for now I am off to Wikipedia. And I never know how long that is going to take…

AND NOW IT’S YOUR TURN:

Which tip do you find the most helpful and are you going to use in the next couple of weeks? Let me know in the comments! Also, if you have yet another way of enjoying art in isolation, please let me know. It takes my ass off