If there is one thing I have learned in my many, many years of school it is that you learn just as much outside the classroom as you do inside the classroom. For me, the key to surviving the mental rigor of grad school has been my extracurricular creative pursuits -- this blog and my Etsy store. Without these outlets I can guarantee I would not have made it! The importance of creativity and self-expression has been the greatest lessons I have learned outside the classroom.
In addition to revolutionizing your note taking game, Wacom's line of smartpads and styli can help you unleash your creative side! While I create most of my Etsy prints in Photoshop with digital watercolor brushes, my first step is always old-school sketching my design or idea. There is just something about the feeling of pen and paper that Photoshop cannot reproduce. Starting with a sketch however, means that you somehow have to digitize said sketch. This can be time consuming and often lowers the quality of the sketch. Enter my new Wacom Bamboo Folio. I can still sketch with pen and paper, but my creation is instantly digital and stored in the Inkscape cloud. It is the best of both worlds and means I don't have to give up my love of men and paper.
From the cloud, I can import my sketch directly into the Bamboo Paper App on my iPad and start painting with my Bamboo Stylus Duo. The app simulates realistic drawing and painting with a variety of brushes that respond to the pressure of your hand and stylus. I can also import it into Photoshop and paint with my Wacom Intuos Pro and my favorite set of watercolor brushes (available here).
My latest project is recreating a fabulous vintage Vogue magazine cover from 1926. With Wacom there are endless possibilities to express and explore your creative side. You can create and design art for your personal blog or classroom project, and you could even create custom gifts for the holidays. Maybe you want to take a stab at designing your own art prints? What ever it is, make sure you take the time to express yourself and your creativity outside the classroom. And don't feel guilty about taking time away from your studies to be creative and have a little fun. As stressful as the end of the semester can be, being creative will not only give you the necessary outlet to recharge, but it will also actually improve your ability to think critically and focus.
What is your favorite creative outlet?
This is a sponsored post in partnership with Wacom and Her Campus Media. All words and opinions are my own.