Artistic expression goes deeper than simply producing a beautiful product—it’s therapeutic and relaxing when dealing with stress or anxiety. It’s also a great way to bring your kids in on the fun and help them learn new skills as well. So, gather your supplies, take advantage of online craft store sales, and buckle your seat belts. These five creatives are here to inspire you and help you express yourself in every season of life.
Lindsey Campbell is a weaver in California, and because of her, I’m a weaver too. She is an excellent and inspiring teacher. If you are looking to learn how to weave, she is the girl to follow. Lindsey has two books out that you can purchase and also a series of online classes that you can learn from. Her feed is an excellent source of beautiful inspiration and encouragement. I’m sure her creations will make you want to pick up a loom for yourself.
Ariane Gatien is another weaver as well as a punch needle artist. Punch needling is like embroidery, but better, in my opinion. It is super easy to pick up, and it is an excellent way to take out any aggression you have; the punching motion is very therapeutic. Ariane’s art is beautifully minimalistic, and her videos of her process are very relaxing to watch.
Mariana Baertl is a Peruvian fiber artist who creates the most gorgeous woven and embroidered pieces I have ever seen. I’m big on texture, and she has inspired me to not be afraid to add texture to my own work. She has classes available online that have English subtitles, so you can follow along. I know my feed is going to be filled with beauty because I follow Mariana.
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Mako is a watercolor artist and teacher. She has several free resources to help you with supplies. But more importantly, she has a whole channel of YouTube videos you can follow along with for free. She is dedicated to helping you discover joy and reach your full potential in life through art; you can feel that through her videos and resources. Watching her create and being inspired to create is one of my favorite things.
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Sarah Simon is a watercolor and gouache painter. She paints beautiful florals and has a book that helps you paint your own flowers. Sarah shares videos of her process on Instagram and offers encouragement for artists at every level. She is a gem—I love her work and her heart. I think her work will inspire you to make your own beautiful flowers in whatever season you find yourself.
Art is all about being brave enough to show up and try. You can use anything you have. You may not have a huge collection of supplies, and you don’t need to. Use what you have to create and share it with the world in some way. The world needs your brand of art.
Feature image also from @hellohydrangea.
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