Recently I did an interview process for an assignment I did on the use of Instagram as a business platform and its impact on society – I snuck a couple of extra questions in to help newbies and those starting out with some great advice and top pro tips!
Who did we interview? Some amazing accounts below!! If you havent checked them out – go give them some loving! <3
So lets get started! These were the most common themes from all our interviewers!
Tip #1 Define your own style – it is great to get inspiration from others, but define your own style and give people credit when they have inspired your style. I love the quote from Nicole (Bujo Blossoms)
One of my favorite quotes is – “Comparison is the thief of joy” Create for yourself above all else. You can’t please everyone
Tip#2 Practice Makes perfect – Keep practicing because it does take time to learn new things and techniques and often it might get frustrating but keep with it – you will have a break through!
Tip #3 Don’t Compare yourself – your chapter 1 is no where near someoneelses chapter 10, and definitely dont be to hard on yourself!
Tip #4 Just start – sometimes starting can be daunting, dont be scared, dont be nervous, the only way you will do well at this is to try!
The Interview Replies
I am currently loving my iPad Pro for college! It is amazing!
I think the most valuable piece of advice I can give any artist starting out is that there really are no rules in art. Everything really is about preference. Choice of paint, paper, brushes, how you choose to use those items— it’s all personal preference. Just enjoy the process and don’t worry about all the “should” and “shouldn’t s”
There’s no need to isolate yourself to one technique or medium. Always, always, always keep learning.
I have so many products that I adore. My best artistic tip is for you to define your own style. When I first started learning, I definitely began by trying to replicate. But once you have some of the skills, I think the most important thing is to stretch your creative brain and see what YOU can create. Being able to replicate something is just a comment on how well you can execute someone else’s vision but its not showing your point of view.
My favorite artistic tip is to practice. Not every piece of art has to be a masterpiece. So often I hear people are discouraged because they didn’t like the drawing that they tried for the first time on their notebook page. Grab some scrap paper! Mess up! Find your groove! It’s all part of the process. My favorite products are Tombow pens and markers – they are high quality and durable
Don’t be scared to start. AND Make it what you want it to be. Make it work for you. So many people struggle with the journal envy or perfectionism, and its not about that. This is your journal and yours alone. You can put whatever the heck you want into it. If you want to make it creative – do it. Get inspired from those pretty pictures online, but don’t be scared to try your own thing. Probably 2/3 of my very first journal is scrap pages, lettering practice, and blank pages with a single pen line or two. It’s just SO worth it now when I look back and see my progress. I can see my actual memories from back then and also see the progress I’ve made creatively.
Bujo Blossoms (full interview post here) (She actually gave us 2 tips!)
Sure! My biggest advice would be to give yourself a break. While it’s fun to find other accounts, and try new things, don’t be too hard on yourself or compare yourself to others. We are our own toughest critics. One of my favorite quotes is – “Comparison is the thief of joy” Create for yourself above all else. You can’t please everyone.
I have many favorite products, and I talk about them frequently on my page, but I think more than anything, you need to be open to the idea of journaling and as long as you are creative and respect the process, you can use whatever materials you have in front of you
Everyone hears it, but practice practice practice. If you want to improve your handlettering, then practice. If you want to improve your doodling, then practice. There is no shortcut, no magic tricks. Even if you don’t think you’re improving, I promise you that you are. I very recently pulled out my first bullet journal from two years ago and was shocked by how different my work looked back then. I even impressed myself with how far I’ve come and now I just want to practice more!
As a self-claimed perfectionist, it took me a long time to start bullet journaling because I was worried everything had to be perfect, and I didn’t want to make a mistake. As I began bullet journaling, the I realized how individualized and unique it is for everyone (which of course, is why it’s so popular). Because of this, it does take a little time to find your stride in creating layouts that work best for you. Try to let go of the mistakes and embrace the process; it will make you appreciate your bullet journal system much more
My best piece of advice, and the one that I drive home in my courses is “don’t compare your Chapter 1 to someone else’s Chapter 15.” This applies to all areas of life. And for a lot of people who are just starting their journaling journey, they are overwhelmed by beautiful spreads on Pinterest and Instagram, and immediately enter a doubtful mindset. I tell people to accept their starting point, no matter where that is, because you can’t change it, and the only way to progress is to try.
Stop living in an environment where you are being sucked into comparison, live outside the square and go cease that dam day!