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New Year’s Resolutions for Artists

As an artist, motivation can be hard. Typically, you have no-one to encourage you but yourself, and finding the incentive of picking up a pencil can be alarmingly tough.

With 2018 on the way, you might have promised yourself that the coming year will be full of crafting, creativity and productive etching and sketching. To help you out, we’ve gathered some tips and tricks which’ll help you to fill your sketchbooks and make you productive and proud.

See some art for yourself

Visit galleries, sales, expos and events to get you inspired. Engaging with more art will encourage you to keep creating your own.

Be consistent

Whatever your medium, promise yourself that you’ll stick a minimum level of output. If you draw, fill at least an A4 page a day. If you paint, keep to one painting a week. If you sculpt, try one small model every few days. This routine will keep you working and eventually become an effortless habit.

Find a niche

If there’s a niche you enjoy more than any other, exploit and use it. If you like to draw still life, do it. If you like to paint animals, stick with that instead. As an artist, it can be tempting to constantly broaden your output. By all means try, but don’t persevere with things you don’t enjoy… it’ll just make you miserable.

Sample different things

Conversely, if you feel like you’re stagnating, classes and lessons can be inspiring. Search for arty events in your area and pop along to try something new.

Read blogs and creative sites

Artists’ blogs and websites like Pinterest can be really inspiring.

Set a long-term goal

Whatever it is, a long-term goal will help you to contextualise your work and provide motivation. Maybe you want to have your work displayed in an art show, or perhaps you’re keen on creating your first piece of professional work.

Start a blog

We all like validation. And with a blog, other people will see your work, take an interest and offer you praise.

What can often help more than anything else is to replenish and restock your creative wares. A new set of paints or a shiny collection of nifty pens can give you a gentle push. If you’re after art supplies in London to give you a bit of a crafty kick, we have a brilliant collection. We stock:

  • Pads and papers;
  • Pens, pencils and paintbrushes;
  • Knives and cutting mats;
  • Fixatives and varnishes;
  • Loads of odd and unusual bits and bobs;
  • … and plenty more!

We stock stuff from some of the best creative names on the planet, including Faber Castell, Winsor & Newton, Daler Rowney and Colart. It’s a most impressive collections of art supplies and one of the biggest collections of Faber Castell in London.

If you’re a London artist looking for new art supplies, pop your head in to one of our Greenwich shops. Kick off your 2018 with some brand-spanking new kit to get you inspired!

Need more help? Give us a call on 020 8858 1226