Cannon Beach OR
Cannon Beach OR

Sharing our art work and crafts online can be a scary proposition. When we post a project and watch the number of Likes come in, we might feel validated, rewarded, judged or discouraged…or all of these!

Maple Ridge BC
Maple Ridge BC

Even at this point of my creative journey, I am prone to an emotional response to what I share and how it is received by my followers. This can lead to being overwhelmed by some unhealthy and stressful feelings, which I have learned to overcome and manage to a great extent.

Panama City, Panama

This month I am the Featured Artist at Pentalic, a manufacturer of art supplies. You probably have seen my Pentalic Aqua Journal which always travels with me, which I use to sketch and watercolour my surroundings. This art form is commonly known as “urban sketching”. I also sketch with my Kelly Create Black Fineliners and Sakura Koi 24 Field Sketch Box. 

Portland OR

Since my Instagram following is based on my calligraphy and hand lettering videos, I felt reluctant to share my Aqua Journal sketches there. But I took a chance and did share and have received wonderful and encouraging comments online. This week I wrote a blog post for Pentalic about sharing art on social media with 10 Top Tips on how to manage those sometimes scary and frustrating feelings that rise up when we put ourselves and our art ‘out there.’ Click HERE to read more on the Pentalic.com blog.

Montreal, Canada
Montreal, Canada

If you would like to try urban sketching or start a travel journal, here are some affiliate shopping links for the Pentalic Aqua Journal, the Sakura Koi watercolor set, and my Kelly Creates Fineliners… just click on the images below.

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Black Fineliners Set of 6
Black Fineliners Set of 6

2 Comments on Social Media is SCARY!

  1. Connie E Campbell
    September 25, 2018 at 10:28 am (3 weeks ago)

    I am tempted to try this type of art Kelly! It would be way outside my comfort zone but at the same time I feel this exhilarating feeling to do it.

    Reply
    • Kelly
      September 25, 2018 at 7:56 pm (3 weeks ago)

      Connie…. I hope you try it. Honestly, it is out of my comfort zone too. I have no previous sketching OR watercolour experience!

      Reply

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