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Planning the Perfect "Art Date" with Yourself Every Week

In the hustle and bustle of daily life, finding time for creativity can often take a back seat. However, setting aside a dedicated "Art Date" with yourself every week can be a transformative practice, not just for your artistic skills but for your overall well-being. Here's how to plan the perfect Art Date, a sacred time to explore, create, and rejuvenate through the power of art.

1. Schedule It

Like any important appointment, your Art Date deserves a spot in your calendar. Choose a time each week when you're least likely to be interrupted. This could be a quiet Sunday morning, a weekday evening, or any slot that consistently works for you. The key is consistency; make this appointment with yourself non-negotiable.

2. Create Your Space

Designate a creative space that inspires you. It doesn't have to be a lavish studio—just a corner of a room where your materials can stay out, ready for you. Ensure it's a place where you feel comfortable and inspired, filled with natural light if possible, and away from the distractions of daily chores and technology.

3. Gather Your Tools

Before your Art Date, make sure you have all your materials ready. Whether it's paints, pencils, clay, or a digital tablet, having everything at hand means you can dive straight into creating without wasting precious time. Consider trying a new medium or tool occasionally to keep things fresh and exciting.

4. Set an Intention, But Stay Flexible

Have a loose idea of what you'd like to explore during your Art Date—perhaps a technique you've seen or a theme you're interested in. However, it's important to stay flexible. Sometimes, the best creativity comes from unplanned exploration. Let your intuition guide your art. My art dates are always mixed media journaling so that I can use any material or art medium I choose and I don't feel bound to a canvas or to a specific type of paint. I can get messy and explore and that is what makes it fun.

5. Disconnect to Reconnect

Turn off your phone, log out of social media, and disconnect from the internet. Your Art Date is a time to reconnect with yourself and your creativity without the noise of the outside world. This is your time to be present with your art and your thoughts. I always make sure to turn my phone on Do Not Disturb mode so that I'm not distracted by the constant notifications coming through. I do allow a few select people's texts to come through on this mode so that I am not worrying about missing something important from my daughter or husband.

6. Reflect and Appreciate

At the end of your Art Date, spend a few minutes reflecting on what you've created and how the process felt. Acknowledge your growth, no matter how small, and appreciate your dedication to your art. This reflection can be a powerful tool for personal development and artistic improvement.

7. Share If You Wish

Sharing your art is not a requirement, but if you feel inclined, share your creations with a trusted friend or on social media. Sometimes, sharing your journey can inspire others to find time for their creativity. You will be surprised that by sharing your will get a ton of support from those people that really matter to you and it can go a long way in helping you to create a consistent art practice.


An Art Date with yourself is more than just an appointment on your calendar; it's a commitment to nurturing your creativity, exploring new ideas, and taking care of your mental and emotional well-being. By setting aside this special time, you honor your need for self-expression and open up a world of artistic possibilities. Remember, the goal isn't to create masterpieces every week but to enjoy the process and see where your creativity takes you. Happy creating!

With Love,

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