Alaina’s Class: Introduction to Pen and Ink Sketching
I fell in love with pen sketching after seeing the works of Sam Larson and other artists show up on my Instagram feed. So last year, I went to an art store, picked up a notepad and some pens, and set out to create equally beautiful works of art. Fast forward a few hours… it was evident I had no idea what I was doing. My scribbles looked amateur, lacking detail, shadows, and light.
I was thrilled when I saw the Introduction to Pen and Ink Sketching class on Skillshare taught by Shirish Deshpande. I was even more excited when I saw it was only 53 minutes. Shirish quickly goes over the various shading methods, explaining how and when to use each one.
Then we jumped right into a practice drawing using each of the methods he went over, which he does an excellent job of walking you through how and what to utilize where. Of course, I quickly realized I needed more practice time with a few of the shading methods. But my drawing actually turned out well! Definitely better than anything I attempted last year, and I’m so excited to have a better sense of this new hobby for the new year!
Alaina, Cofounder & Editor
Danielle’s Class: Think Like a Chef: A Beginner’s Guide to Cooking with Confidence
I’m a pretty healthy eater, so I have a few favorite (mostly) Paleo recipes up my sleeve — but that’s about it. I’m often on the go, so I’ve always been a big fan of picking up salads, bowls, and other quick, ready-made bites. I’ve been meaning to enhance my cooking abilities for what feels like my entire adult life, so I decided to take the Think Like a Chef: A Beginner’s Guide to Cooking with Confidence class on Skillshare. Instead of teaching you one or two time-consuming recipes, this course instead teaches you kitchen tricks and techniques. It made me feel way more confident in the kitchen, which in turn makes me feel more confident trying out new recipes. Cooking at home saves money, and it’s given my husband and me a chance to learn something new together. Cheers to that!
Danielle, Cofounder & Editor
Abigail’s Class: Creative Writing for All: A 10 Day Journaling Challenge
When I was about 4-5 years old, before I even knew how to spell, I “wrote,” myself notes in a “journal” I kept — I’d scrawl incoherent scribbles in a desperate attempt to write. Once the actual letters and words were learned, there was no stopping me. I journaled for years and years, and it was something of a hallmark of my personality. In the more recent years, though, that hobby has taken a backseat. I haven’t journaled in years — with my number one excuse being that I simply don’t have the time.
Possessing nothing more than a pen, paper, a genuine desire to get back in the journaling game, and the world of Skillshare at my fingertips, I decided on Skillshare’s Creative Writing For All: A 10-Day Journaling Challenge. Whether or not you’re a writer, this exercise is an excellent opportunity to open yourself up to new creativity, inspiration, encouragement, and observation. Instructor Emily Gould had me begin with a blank piece of paper and the phrase, “Today I noticed…” and then just take it from there. She asked those watching to write for at least 5-10 minutes and see where it took them.
For the next 10 days, I did exactly that — the short videos were super instructive, with everything from tips for what to notice, examples of how it could turn out looking, and what to do with my finished snippets of work. This course forced me to take the time to write (and think!) about things I never would’ve normally — regardless of whether or not I (or you) choose to continue journaling (though I think you’ll want to!), that in itself was worth learning and taking the time to experience.
Abigail, Social Media Manager
Do you want your creative passion to be a side hustle? Here is a wonderful post from CamilleStyles.com on just that:
As a career-driven society, we tend to put a lot of pressure on our jobs to both fulfill our work aspirations and to be the ultimate opportunity that will propel us towards success. If our current position isn’t ideal or appears to be hindering our desired trajectory, we feel anxious that we are heading down the wrong path. The reality is that while you should seek job opportunities that push you towards your goals, nothing is perfect.
Whether you are currently in a job that you love, or in one where you feel stuck, there are probably aspects of your situation that you wish you could change. Maybe you have skills that are not being utilized, a passion that isn’t being encouraged, or your current role is not quite meeting your financial goals. There is no such thing as a perfect job, but you can proactively take hold of your career and pursue your interests by developing a “side hustle.”
Finding a creative outlet and pursuing hobbies that you are passionate about is a fantastic way to combat burnout and bring a fresh perspective to your day job. Getting paid for exercising those creative muscles and interests is even better. Even though pursuing a side hustle requires additional time and energy, it can often bring a sense of rejuvenation as well as serve to boost your morale and performance at work.
What are YOU doing to be creative? Are you able to do this passion as a side hustle? If so, please share your tips with us in the comments. Would love to see and hear.