Looking At Suggestions For Desperate Writers & Artists Seeking The Thrilling Spark Of Inspiration

Discovering Thoughts And Ideas For Bright Sparks And Brainwaves



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This is the question that plagues all writers, most of the time. I wrote in a previous post about how to find ideas for your writing projects. You can read that post here.

In this post, I thought I’d give you some more.

The thing is that ideas are one thing, but being inspired about them is something completely different. In this post I will look at several different ways in which we can find inspiration.

As writers, we are in a constant search and quest for inspiration. It is what sets us apart from non-writers. We are always seeking out those little falling stars of sparkle, which we can add into our writing.

Inspiration can be found anywhere, even in the smallest of things. Think about standing in a queue at the supermarket till. You have someone in front of you, and someone behind you. What is their story?

One way to spark inspiration can be to try looking at things from a different perspective. For example, how would a child, or an elderly person see a situation differently? How would an animal see it?

When I first watched the Tinkerbell movie, I let the DVD play through and found there was a bonus feature, talking to the artists responsible for making the movie artwork. They were told to get out of the office, and to go out into nature, where they could look at their inspiration from different perspectives. For example, one of them laid on the floor, to see what the world looked like from a fairy’s height.

Another thing you can do is to keep a running list of ideas, quotes, and inspirations. You never know when you might need them, and looking back over them could just provide that spark that you’ve been looking for.

As well as a list, take photos, look on Unsplash for images that can provide inspiration. They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. While I’m not exactly sure that I agree with that, I know that there have been times when a specific image has conjured up the inspiration for a story in my mind, and in those times, that image might well be worth its weight!

If you’re really struggling for inspiration, try stepping away from your desk. Go out, meet friends, go for coffee/tea/your choice of beverage. Take a walk in nature. Do what those Disney artists did.

Something I learned from Shaunta Grimes is to write down ten ideas a day. If you do this for thirty days, that’s 300 ideas, and while you may decide that some of these are absolutely useless, you’re bound to find a few gems in there.

Another thing that I have found very important to do is to put my inner critic back in her box. My inner critic’s name is Muriel. I wrote about her in this post.

The one thing that is almost more important than anything else, is to write every day. Another of Shaunta’s ideas is to set yourself a teeny tiny goal. Write new fiction for ten minutes each day. Do this, because in the long run, habit is more important and far more reliable and dependable than being inspired. You can be as inspired as you like, but if you don’t show up and do the work, then that inspiration is just stuck inside you like a butterfly caught in a jar, pattering out its life on the glass.

And THE most important thing of all… DO NOT GIVE UP!!

You are a writer. You can do this, no matter what anyone says, as long as you (to quote Dory) “Just keep on swimmin’”


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Li Carter is a writer, artist and crafter. She lives in South Wales, UK, with her family, and five rescue dogs. She’s on Twitter @rbcreativeli , Facebook: Rainbow Butterfly Creative, and Instagram @rainbowbutterflycreative and is the author of My Only True Friend: The Beginning. She is currently working on a new series titled The QuickSilver Chronicles. She is the original Rainbow Butterfly, and wants to fill an ever darkening world with a little bit of beauty and creativity.


The Journal Project

A study of different journaling techniques

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If you’ve read some of my previous posts about journaling, then you’ll know that I have journaled all of my life, in one way or another.

I love it. It helps me to clear my mind, and to make sense of things. These can be thoughts, or things that happened in my day. They can be writing inspirations, poems.

The thing with a journal, is that you can make it whatever you want it to be. I have always had a very specific way in which I choose to use mine, but lately, I have been curious about whether there are any ways that I could expand my uses of a journal to include.

This is where The Journal Project idea was born. For the next year, I plan to take a different journaling method a month, and use it. They say that it takes around a month to build a habit, and so, I figure it’ll give me enough time to try out and evaluate the method, and enough time to decide if it’s something that I think is beneficial enough for me to stick to.

So, for this month, my chosen method is a doodle journal. I love art, and doodling, but I have a tendency to over think things, so I plan to practice letting my hand have free rein over the pages of my journal, in the hopes that I can release the perfectionist, and allow myself at least a few moments of reckless abandon.

I’ll post an update, and hopefully some photos, near the end of the month.


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Li Carter is a writer, artist and crafter. She lives in South Wales, UK, with her family, and five rescue dogs. She’s on Twitter @rbcreativeli , Facebook: Rainbow Butterfly Creative, and Instagram @rainbowbutterflycreative and is the author of My Only True Friend: The Beginning. She is currently working on a new series titled The QuickSilver Chronicles. She is the original Rainbow Butterfly, and wants to fill an ever darkening world with a little bit of beauty and creativity.

January’s Illustrations

January’s Illustrations

52 Illustrations Project: An Update

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At the start of the year, I began a project to complete an illustration a week. This is an update so far.

My first illustration, was a digital painting of a rather tipsy mouse, who was celebrating the new year. I used procreate on the ipad pro to do this piece. I am relatively new to digital painting, but I very much enjoyed working on it, and am excited to do some more digital artwork.

My second piece was a mushroom fairy house, done on 300lb hot press watercolour paper, using FaberCastell Polychromos pencils.

I wrote a review of them, which you can read here:

The third piece was a bit of an experiment. I did a coloured pencil piece of three sunflowers, on pastelmat paper. I have never used pastelmat for coloured pencils before. I read about an artist that was using it online, and thought I would try it. However, I found that I wasn’t that struck on it as a surface for coloured pencils. I am going to try again, possibly next week, and I’ll post a proper review of it when I do.

My fourth piece was a caterpillar, which was also a digital piece. This was a very quick piece, as, if I’m honest, I was running out of time. I used it as a practice in not being such a perfectionist with my work.

My fifth and final piece for January was a ladybird sat on a leaf, which was a digital drawing. It was only a quick illustration, but I still like it and it’s adding to my practice of using procreate.

So that’s it… five weeks down, and five illustrations finished. I’m excited to see what this next month brings.

Watch this space…


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Li Carter is a writer, artist and crafter. She lives in South Wales, UK, with her family, and five rescue dogs. She’s on Twitter @rbcreativeli , Facebook: Rainbow Butterfly Creative, and Instagram @rainbowbutterflycreative and is the author of My Only True Friend: The Beginning. She is currently working on a new series titled The QuickSilver Chronicles. She is the original Rainbow Butterfly, and wants to fill an ever darkening world with a little bit of beauty and creativity.

Purism

Purism

The Curse Of The Art World

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As an artist, I have used many mediums throughout the years, and when I have, I’ve found that certain mediums work far better than others for certain pieces of art work.

This is when you run into a conundrum. Do you use the medium that works best for this particular piece of art, and have that little something missing because that medium simply cannot perform that function?

My answer to this is “NO!” As far as I’m concerned, art is art, no matter which medium is used, and I believe (and have found) that if using two different mediums on the same piece of work will allow me to achieve the desired effect, then that is what I will do.

The truth is that I love making art, and if that means that I have to stray from the old fashioned ‘purist’ way of working, then that is what I will do.

The people who are self confessed purists, in my opinion, are cutting off their noses to spite their face. They are putting their pride in being able to stick to one medium above what is best for the picture that they’re working on, and this is never a good thing.


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Li Carter is a writer, artist and crafter. She lives in South Wales, UK, with her family, and five rescue dogs. She’s on Twitter @rbcreativeli , Facebook: Rainbow Butterfly Creative, and Instagram @rainbowbutterflycreative and is the author of My Only True Friend: The Beginning. She is currently working on a new series titled The QuickSilver Chronicles. She is the original Rainbow Butterfly, and wants to fill an ever darkening world with a little bit of beauty and creativity.

Perfection

Perfection

And Why It Has No Place In Art

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Since learning to draw properly (I couldn’t draw a stick man properly until the age of 22), I have gone through several stages in my journey into art.

First, it was a struggle to get the images from my head down on the page, and I grew impatient, turning out images that weren’t quite what I wanted.

Practice helped me to fix that, but then, I faced a different problem… the innate desire in me to produce ‘the perfect drawing’.

The thing is, that there really is no such thing as ‘perfect’, when it comes to art. Art is an expression of the soul, and it is not something that can be judged in the strict terms of good and bad; it is simply what feels ‘right’ to the artist creating the work.

I’m not saying that you can draw a hand and call it a house, but I am saying that sometimes it is possible to fall into the trap of trying to make something perfect, when, really, in doing so, you lose the whole point of why you began the drawing in the first place.

I have done this so many times, and it has led me to abandon a large number of pieces; it is something that I struggle with on a daily basis, thanks to my need for perfection, and it is something that I have decided to work at conquering, because in the end, it is the creating that is important to me, and not the final piece (although I try to at least strive for accuracy).

So, if you’re a seasoned artist, or someone who has never done any art past lessons at school, I want to encourage you today to just pick up a pencil, or paint brush, and create. You won’t regret it.


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Li Carter is a writer, artist and crafter. She lives in South Wales, UK, with her family, and five rescue dogs. She’s on Twitter @rbcreativeli , Facebook: Rainbow Butterfly Creative, and Instagram @rainbowbutterflycreative and is the author of My Only True Friend: The Beginning. She is currently working on a new series titled The QuickSilver Chronicles. She is the original Rainbow Butterfly, and wants to fill an ever darkening world with a little bit of beauty and creativity.

“Oh… you’re just drawing..”

“Oh… you’re just drawing..”

A minor rant about the importance of drawing in art.

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At art class the other day, a new member of the class decided to walk around and look at everyone’s artwork. I could hear the comments that she was making; glowing praise of oil paintings; nice, positive comments on watercolours… yet, when she came to my work, the comment I got was simply this: “Oh, you’re just drawing, are you?”

SERIOUSLY?!

Being me, I just nodded and carried on working on my tiny mouse picture, but inside I was fuming. The cheek of it, if nothing else. There were no comments about the likeness to the reference picture. No general praise. Nothing. Just that remark, and then a case of moving on.

Am I wrong to be upset about this?

The last time I checked, drawing underpins any artwork. You can be the best painter in the world, but if you can’t get your drawing right first, then you will never produce a piece that is anything other than an abstract, at best.

In the class I go to, so many of the people only consider pieces made with oil, acrylic or watercolour paint to be ‘proper’ art, and it annoys me so much.

Drawing skills are essential, and unless you are prepared to trace every single little detail from a stock photo, then you will need to learn these skills to have any chance of an accurate picture.

So, yes. I was ‘just drawing’, and once I had finished ‘just drawing’, I began the process of applying the colour with coloured pencils.

I may not have been working on a ‘painting’ in the strictest sense of the word, but drawing and illustration are just as much art forms as any other mediums, and it is about time that some people learned to realise and accept that!


Li Carter is a writer, artist and crafter. She lives in South Wales, UK, with her family, and five rescue dogs. She’s on Twitter @rbcreativeli , Facebook: Rainbow Butterfly Creative, and Instagram @rainbowbutterflycreative and is the author of My Only True Friend: The Beginning. She is currently working on a new series titled The QuickSilver Chronicles. She is the original Rainbow Butterfly, and wants to fill an ever darkening world with a little bit of beauty and creativity.

Back To Class

Back To Class

And A New Project

Tiny Mouse Initial Sketch

I started a new project this last week. I took inspiration from a photo I found online, and have adapted it to make it original. The image is of a tiny mouse, in amongst a lot of corn.

This image is closely cropped, and the tiny size of the mouse is amplified by how big the corn looks. I’ve not done much on it yet. Mainly, I’ve done the basic sketch, and then I started on the mouse’s face, because, where else would I start?!

I find this is a thing with me. If I am drawing a figure, be it human or animal, then I always make a point of working on the face first. The idea of having that blank face staring up at me for goodness knows how long, seriously freaks me out.

I’m using Faber Castell Polychromos coloured pencils for this piece. I love using coloured pencils and the rich depth of colour that can be achieved with them.

I am, however, working on quite a small scale, because it does take a lot of time to work on the layers of colour, and to be honest, I fully expect for it to take me a good ten to twenty hours.

It’s really nice to be back at class again, and it’s really nice that this time, I’m working on something that is purely because I want to do it, rather than something that is for a commission. Not that I mind getting commissions. I love having plenty to work on, but I also feel that it’s important to work on your inner artist, and I feel that this is what this piece will do for me.


Li Carter is a writer, artist and crafter. She lives in South Wales, UK, with her family, and five rescue dogs. She’s on Twitter @rbcreativeli , Facebook: Rainbow Butterfly Creative, and Instagram @rainbowbutterflycreative and is the author of My Only True Friend: The Beginning. She is currently working on a new series titled The QuickSilver Chronicles. She is the original Rainbow Butterfly, and wants to fill an ever darkening world with a little bit of beauty and creativity.