Have you ever struggled with saving your best art and creativity supplies because they're so NICE? You'll appreciate this article.

Use Your Art Supplies

Here is a small manifesto about you taking the time to finally USE your art supplies. The precious, beautiful, perfect, and expensive ones. It’s time.

It used to be that when I bought a pen I liked or a pretty little journal, I would keep them nice and pretty and “safe.” I still have Twin Star stickers that are in mint condition from my childhood. (Long live Hello Kitty and her friends!) But if there’s one thing my daughter has taught me, it is this:

Art supplies and creative supplies of all kinds are meant to be used.

Soft watercolor crayons are meant to be drawn with until they’re nubs.

Watercolor pencils were made to be drawn with, sharpened, and used until they are miniatures of their former selves.

Stickers are meant to be peeled off and stuck onto something else.

Pens need to be written with until the ink runs out.

Journals must be filled with doodles, random thoughts, nothingness, mistakes, and genius ideas.

Use The Creative Retreat book and fill it with your drawings and musings!

In other words, I’ve learned to be less precious with my supplies.

My kid blazes through blank books and stickers. She goes through black gel pens like you wouldn’t believe. But when I see the amount of work she’s creating, I’m stopped in my tracks.

So THAT’S how it’s done.

Today, my challenge for you is to take out that item you’ve been “saving” for a rainy day and USE IT.

I’m using my lovely Rifle Paper Co. journal as a

Isn't this the prettiest journal ever? And the pen is my new favorite for happy journaling. :)

Can I just tell you what a pleasure it is to use a nice journal like this? Wow.

That’s the untold bonus in this exercise. You finally get to ENJOY the amazing supplies you own. It’s an early Christmas gift to yourself.

Keep on creating . . .





P.S. Both of my books, The Creative Retreat and Happy Journal, Happy Life encourage you to use what you have on hand to create! You can purchase both of them on Amazon. 🙂



Related Posts

Download the 20-30-make challenge, it's free!

I love it when you pin and share tutorials and articles that resonate with you. However, please remember that everything on this blog: articles, photos, drawings, and artwork are created by Jennie Moraitis and are under copyright. Please do not remove watermarks, crop, or edit any of my images or artwork without first receiving written permission from me. You may use one photo to share but please link to the original post on my site. The printables I offer are for personal use only. Please do not email the pdfs to others. Feel free to share the original post link for the printable with your friends and family so they can come over and download one of their own! Thanks so much for stopping by!