create, discover, take care of your self
Creatively Sustained is an invitation
for all the frustrated folks with day jobs
to STRETCH out their stiff CREATIVE MUSCLES
to let go, relax, and make their mark in the world -
with little more than a pencil and paper...
Sounds way more fun than exercising right?!
Instead of hiding in the bathroom trolling other peoples' work on instagram:
- take some meaningful time out for yourself that you truly deserve!
Instead of telling yourself that you ‘can’t’ draw or that you are ‘not’ creative:
- stop judging your abilities and teach that bored dog (you!) some new tricks!
Instead of putting things off or only talking about the new things you want to try ‘someday’:
What if you started doing them - right now?
And what if it was affordable, fun and easy?
Would you do it?
- want to learn new ways to explore your own creativity?
- need something exciting to look forward to after another day of adulting?
- wonder if you just started practicing - that you might uncover creative talents you’ve only dreamed about?
- feel like you could be happier in your life if you only knew what to do next?
Prove to yourself that you deserve some time and activities that are just for you, that it’s okay to start from scratch as long as you are willing to learn, and that there is no better time than now to step forward - what are you really waiting for?
I'm Catherine Ruddell and I help frustrated creatives (who work hard all day long) re-discover their art practice again
(or maybe for the first time!)
I believe our creative needs (like self-expression) ARE JUST AS IMPORTANT as our basic needs (like good food & enough sleep). You don't need a huge chunk of time or the ability to paint a masterpiece for the act of ‘making’ - to feel good!
This evolved out of my own personal experience as a creative, entrepreneurial seeker. I've been working hard creatively for most of my adult life.
I’ve had my share of J-O-B’s where work felt flat and I didn't feel creatively inspired or like I was accomplishing anything meaningful at the end of the day.
So I quit the desk job and spent many months painting and sewing and many more weekends selling my art at craft markets, trying to feel fulfilled. But my creative work still lacked meaning and purpose;
I had hired myself to manage a one-woman sweatshop, and I lost the simple enjoyment I used to feel when my creative work was still a hobby.
The act of creating - the process - is where the real magic happens, it's not about the product or the purchase of it.
So now I'm on a mission to teach people how to express themselves creatively - for their own enjoyment.
I've created a series of courses where you'll be learning how to draw, turning those drawings into hand carved stamps, and then transforming those prints into fun fabric projects. You can pick one course, or you can do all three!
When you exercise your creativity through small acts like drawing, or printing - you start to build up positive energy and momentum. You start to get curious and excited about the world again. Maybe you start cutting back on the Netflix and read a good book instead. You might look forward to a hike outdoors instead of dreading your way to the gym. You might even have the energy to join a club or volunteer for a community organization that you believe in.
These little creative actions can inspire you to do MUCH bigger things in your life!
But maybe the most important thing - is that you prove to yourself you can do it - and one of the most valuable things you can learn is...
making space for your Self each day - is what matters!
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Drawing is one of the most simple ways to express your ideas creatively, and now I realize why it is so important for me to make space for it. I don't have to draw anything fancy or elaborate, and the benefit is that it helps me relax, focus, and stay present - all VERY good things...
Carving rubber blocks turns your original drawings into reusable printing tools that bring your ideas to LIFE! When you follow your own lines and carve into a flat chunk of rubber - your marks create an image with movement and real dimension, on a block that is uniquely YOURS
Find easy ways you can get carving today!
Once you have some original blocks carved - there's no limit to the fun things you can blockprint. Use stamp pads to print onto paper goods, use inks or paint to make your own printed textiles - you can even learn how to sew simple projects after that.