Being a creative is fulfilling, but it can be a challenge at times. We face opposition from critics who believe that art is not a necessity. They try to discourage creatives from pursuing our passions by constantly presenting us with the stereotypical, starving artist. And, when an organization makes budget cuts, the arts are usually the first sector to go.
Whether you’re a visual artist, writer, performing artist or social media guru, I’m here to tell you that your creative gift has a purpose. If God blessed you with that gift, IT HAS A PURPOSE! Don’t allow anyone to tell you otherwise. It’s your responsibility to use your gift for good regardless of the fears and doubts of yourself or anyone else. You have to let your light shine through! Continue reading “12 Scriptures to Inspire Creatives”
Hey everyone! I am back from vacation, well rested and ready to push out some new content. Tomorrow marks the start of my first blog series, 21 Days of Creativity! I will be posting creative content, Monday through Friday, for the entire month of August. 21 days total. Some pretty amazing stuff is coming your way, so get excited! Follow this series through Instagram using the hashtag #21daysofcreativity. You can participate in 21 Days of Creativity by tagging images of your creative projects with the previous hashtag and #sharifacreates. See you tomorrow!
– Sharifa Creates –
It happens to the best of us. We spend hours on Pinterest looking for the perfect do-it-yourself project to try out. We then head to the craft store only to have all of our hopes and dreams crushed by the cost of supplies. Sigh. Could it be that the materials are overpriced or do we just have “insufficient funds”? I find that it is a combination of both. Whatever the reason, it doesn’t have to be the end of our crafting dreams. I have found ways to navigate the pricey craft world. I present to you 5 Ways to Craft on a Budget! Continue reading “5 Ways to Craft on a Budget”
I find it difficult at times to put my paintbrush to canvas or thread to fabric and create. This can be frustrating for myself and other artist because: (1) it is time consuming, (2) it is a damper on our spirits, and (3) many of our livelihoods depend on producing creative work. Thankfully, I have found ways to help light that creative spark. My hope is that they will help you as well. Here are 4 Ways To Spark Creativity: Continue reading “4 Ways to Spark Creativity”
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:14-16
From a young age I was blessed with the gift of artistic creativity. My creativity invests itself in many ways: crafting, sewing, writing and drawing. You name it and I can do it. If I do not, I will teach myself.
Before starting college, I always made time to express myself creatively. At any given moment you could find me making a pair of pajama pants, painting on paper weights Continue reading “About Sharifa Creates”