My Theory on Creativity

Despite what our grumpy middle school art teachers may have had us believe, in my opinion, creativity isn't something you're "born with." It's less like a magic fairy that sits on your shoulder and more like a muscle —you don't know how strong it is until you push it. Creativity is something we all possess, but many of us don't realize it. We've been conditioned to undervalue any abilities that aren't praised or regarded as "important."

I’m here to tell you that CREATIVITY IS CRUCIAL. Painting door hangers has allowed me to tap into parts of myself that I didn’t even know were there. It’s made me stronger, more confident, and less afraid to take chances. Tapping into my creativity through this craft has allowed me to believe in the power of my ideas. To be honest, it hasn’t always been like that. Like all things worth having, it started with baby steps.

Keep Showing Up

If you’ve been following along with me for a while, you know I started this business by doing paint parties, then I transitioned to painting on Facebook Lives, and now, I have an entire online community where I teach women how to paint door hangers. You can read more about the beginning of Southern Adoornments in my blog post, “The Start of Southern Adoornments Decor.” To be honest, it took time for my abilities to catch up with my determination. I had to learn the necessary techniques to get good at this craft — and I didn’t immediately produce amazing results right out of the gate. But the important thing is I kept showing up.

Exercise Your Creative Muscles

Eventually, the progress came and I began to see what I was really capable of. Creativity is like anything else—the more effort you put in, the greater the reward. Are you just starting to explore your creative abilities and wanting to get started by painting door hangers? Check out my free eBook, “Beginners Guide to Door Hangers.” This free resource will help you exercise your creative muscles and tell you everything you need to know about creating your own door hanger.

Tamara Bennett Painting a Door Hanger

Get Creative with Other Artists

Do you find yourself wanting to exercise your creative muscles with others around you, but aren’t finding the community to do that in? In my online membership called Painter’s Clubhouse, you will be surrounded by a community of artists that will build you and your creativity up. In addition to monthly tutorials and techniques, there is a Facebook community exclusively for Painter’s Clubhouse members that will help encourage and inspire your creativity. Whether you are a beginner painter or already a confident artist, there’s a place in the Painter’s Clubhouse for you!

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