Many people believe that creativity is a gift bestowed upon individuals such as Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Frida Kahlo, Vincent Van Gogh, and a plethora of other well-known and unknown talented painters. Is this, however, true? Is it possible for some people to be creative but not others?
Certainly not. I am happy to inform you that this is not the case. There are a few facts that demonstrate the opposite. Before I share my 6 creative ways to inspire your inner artist using paintbrushes in different surfaces, and different media, I’d like to share some facts with you.
Fact No. 1: The brain’s architecture
The brain is our body’s most complex organ. It is in charge of not only all human organs and bodily functions but also of our minds and souls. Despite its complexity, the brain’s functions can be explained simply by dividing it into two halves, left and right.
Speech, comprehension, arithmetic, and writing are all controlled by the left side of the brain. The right side of the brain is in charge of creativity, spatial ability, artistic and musical abilities. In approximately 92 percent of people, the left side of the brain is dominant in hand use and language.
Isn’t it true that we all have left and right sides of our brains? As a result, we are all creative by default. The only difference between creative and “non-creative” people is that the “non-creative” ones simply ignore the right side of their brains by not engaging in activities that help them develop their strengths.
Fact No. 2: We can learn to be creative.
The brain does not function like a muscle. However, we can train our brains in the same way that we train our muscles. Repetitive activities that use the right side of the brain will help us to expand our brains and become more creative in the long run.
The best part is that as we practise, we become more creative.
Fact No. 3: Creativity and boundaries
We don’t have to be creative only when we’re painting or crafting. Creativity is essential in our daily lives because we frequently need to “think outside the box” to solve a problem or make an important decision.
The more you create artwork, the more experienced your creativity becomes, so when you need it, it will be much more productive. You can’t, however, engage in some creative activities and then say, “OK, I’m already creative enough, so I can stop now.” I don’t want to break your heart, but the harsh reality is that we will never be creative enough. Every new painting, every new craft project will test your creativity on a regular basis. As a result, being creative will never be easier. It’s a never-ending process.
There are many more facts about creativity, but I found those three to be the most exciting and motivating to inspire someone to roll up their sleeves, grab their paintbrushes and canvas, and start creating beautiful paintings.
Let’s get to the point of this post: 6 fantastic ideas for using paintbrushes to be creative with various media and surfaces. Acrylics, watercolours, and oil paints are the most well-known media. I’ll begin with these.