I seriously can’t wait for you to meet my artist friend, Roben-Marie. I fell in love with Roben-Marie’s blog and art about two years ago. She has an interesting style that draws the eyes in and inspires me in my own art adventures. For our quest to GET CREATIVE I thought it would be fun to interview Roben- Marie and pick her creative brain on how we can make time for creativity in our own lives.
***Update**** Be sure to scroll all the way down for info on a very special giveaway of Robe-Marie’s artwork!
~Roben- Marie, can you tell us a bit about your creative journey? How you discovered your gift of making art? How does it connect you with God?
At a young age it became clear that I was interested in creative things. My mom jokes that she isn’t sure where I got it but she was an excellent seamstress. I remember making my own stuffed animals, jewelry, ornaments and gifts and I was especially drawn to paper and loved stationery, stickers and books and created my own simple journals. My journey took me to a more “practical” career choice and I worked in public relations and marketing for some years before I decided that I really wanted to love my work and that is when chose to make art in some way full-time. God has given me my talents and helped me to further develop them. I am constantly reminded of His blessings when I am creating and sharing my gifts with others.
~Do you have any tips on how to make time to be creative?
I am a firm believer that we all make time for the things we truly love. Making time for creative endeavors is no different than making time to exercise, study God’s word or making time for friends and family. But with anything, we need to make it a habit. I get easily distracted and find that I have to really plan my day or things pull me away and I end up getting little done. It isn’t hard to be creative on some level each day. It might not be realistic to knock out a completed painting in one day but putting one layer to canvas is possible. If I can’t work in the studio for a full day, I can work on small projects like making handmade cards for my church family to encourage them or lift them up.
~Tell us about your new project you launched in January on your blog–The 1:2 Project.
Jude 1:2 reads: May mercy, peace, and love be yours in abundance! I believe we all have God given gifts and talents and through the years I have looked for opportunities to bless others with mine. Last year I made a decision to follow my heart and focus on my passion. This decision was made following a summer mission trip to Romania. While I can’t travel throughout the year in that capacity, I have found a way to encourage and bless the lives of others in a different way. The 1:2 Project merges my love of creating and my desire to reach and touch the lives of people I do not know. It is the simple concept of showing kindness “one to another.”
Each month I accept nominations from my blog readers. They tell me about someone they know who might need a little encouragement, a note to lift their spirits or a handmade piece of mail art that might bring them some joy. I randomly make selections each month and those individuals receive something from me. It is that simple!
Isn’t that some awesome advice? I really think it applies to any kind of creative tasks. Check out the collage below with some “eye candy” from Roben-Marie. LOVE IT! Also, be sure to check out Roben-Marie’s website where she has some awesome tutorials and videos. ALSO! If you ever want to learn how to make mixed media art like she does, Roben-Marie has some really great online classes on her website too. I’ve take an few and they have inspired me to no end.
***Update: Roben-Marie would like to giveaway a couple of packs of her artist cards to my readers. Just leave a comment to be entered. The drawing will close on February 20 at 5:00PM EST when I will randomly select two winners.