Make Your Mark
overcoming your fear of the blank page
overcoming your fear of the blank page
you've had enough.
TO INFUSE YOUR ART-MAKING WITH MORE JOY
TO STOP TAKING YOUR CREATIVITY SO SERIOUSLY AND START PLAYING
TO APPROACH THE BLANK PAGE FEARLESSLY & WITHOUT JUDGEMENT
TO STOP GIVING A SHIT WHAT ANYONE ELSE THINKS OF YOUR WORK
TO SHUT YOUR INNER CRITIC UP FOR GOOD
have you ever suffered from...
fear of failure?
fear of rejection?
And pretty much every other creative person who has ever lived!
Fear and resistance are part of the glorious package of being creative. But sometimes your inner critic gets too loud and too overwhelming for you to move forward and achieve your goals. Your work gets stiffer, tighter and loses its sparkle. You stop enjoying your creative time. And eventually, you become paralysed, blocked, unable to make a mark at all.
If this is where you are at the moment...
As a self-taught artist I know only too well how terrifying making stuff can be. When you pour your heart and soul into something and it comes out looking clumsy, amateurish, or just generally a bit shit, it can be utterly soul-destroying.
Even with experience, there are always certain things which you avoid because you don't quite feel ready yet, or the idea is too precious to 'spoil', or you're worried about the reaction of your established audience.
the more you don't do that one thing, the bigger the fear grows, and the harder it gets to begin.
The only way to break their hold over you is to reconnect with your love of your craft and to shift your focus onto the joy of creating, instead of worrying about the final product. In fact, the result of your efforts should be the furthest thing from your mind when you're in the creative flow.
Drawing on my decade of experience working with and mentoring hundreds of creatives, as well as my own experience as a working artist, I have gathered together the best tools to overcome creative fear and just make art. As we go through this course together I’ll help you to uncover what you’re really afraid of, and share with you all my favourite (and most effective) methods for getting back into the flow of creation.
because making art should be fun!
I'M ELI TRIER, I'M AN ARTIST AND AUTHOR, AND I HAVE HELPED HUNDREDS OF CREATIVE MISFITS BUST THROUGH FEAR AND CREATIVE BLOCKS TO ACHIEVE THEIR DREAMS
I've been helping creatives for nearly a decade, and in that time I have seen the same problems come up time and time again. I've heard all the reasons and all the excuses for not making art, and the whisper, barely articulated, that underlies it all: I'm scared, I'm scared, I'm scared.
I've fallen victim to it myself as well. In fact, the reason I worked with other people making art was because I was too unsure of myself to make my own art. It wasn't until I was hit by a big depression in 2012 that my own creative journey really got started!
Fast forward to now, and I have published my own illustrated book; I've illustrated several books for other authors; I've had a solo exhibition and taken part in a number of group shows; and my illustrations have appeared in magazines and websites all over the world.
I wouldn't say that I'm no longer scared (in fact I'm terrified most of the time!), but I've learned how to MANAGE my fear so it no longer stops me from creating my art and sharing it with the world.
And now I want to share my secrets with you!
There’s a kind of buzz about Eli which makes you feel you can conquer the world. But she is not just friendly, bright and enthusiastic – she really knows her stuff. – S.J.
Eli truly understands the creative process and she is a delight to work with. – Helen Davies
Light as a feather, punchy as hell! – Jenny Kowalczuk
My mom is here for a visit and has been showing me the work she did in your online class; I’m so excited to see her creating again! It’s been a really long time and I know she’s missed it – she’s like a new woman now! Thank you so much x - Melissa Washburn
I really loved this course. It’s made me think and although I know there is a lot to learn, it’s fun having someone giving me a direction to go in! I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks so to speak! I love the inspiration you provide and without all the pressure. I have started to draw my friends and family pets and even my own special running buddy: my boxer. Thank you Eli! - Nancy O'Donnell
In our first week we'll be exploring fear and pulling all your creative monsters out from under the bed.
Using journaling prompts and other exercises, you'll be encouraged to unpack your beliefs around perfectionism and resistance, and reconnect with the reasons why you feel compelled to create.
We'll be chatting with our inner critics and finding out what they're trying to protect us from, and we'll be rekindling our love for the materials we use to create our art.
In this session we'll be becoming Imperfection Detectives whilst we're out and about, playing dress-up, and learning how to behave like the artists we dream of being.
We'll also be learning how we can get out of our own way and circumnavigate fear by engaging our senses to tap into our creative inspiration.
Relaxation and observation are our biggest themes this week whilst we prepare to jump into the pure joy of making stuff next week.
It's PLAY TIME! I am so excited about this session. We are going to be reconnecting with the unbridled enthusiasm and unselfconsciousness that we felt about making art when we were kids - y'know, before we were told it had to be 'good' or look a certain way.
In these two weeks we'll be engaging our tactile senses, having a dancing paint party, and making the worst art we possibly can - all the while learning to love the magical possibilities of the blank page. We are going to have SO MUCH FUN!
In our final week we are going to bring together everything we've learned and use it to tackle the One Big Thing that's been holding you back. For some it's the perfect, expensive materials, and for others it's the idea that they feel is their magnum opus. Whatever it is that is intimidating you into inaction we are going to kick its bum and make it into a real piece of art in our live create-a-long.
Over two days you will make that one idea a reality, or finally to break in that expensive canvas - I'll be available throughout the course for cheerleading and troubleshooting and you're encouraged to share your progress (and fears) in the Facebook group where you can get support from the other participants. There's also a lesson covering what to do if you end up hating what you create.
Through this course, Eli facilitates a fascinating and illuminating process for anyone who practices creative work. Focusing on fear as the root of so many artistic struggles, the course uncovers the roots of fear based thinking in our creative practice, and offers practical ways to unpick your thinking and find greater freedom and enjoyment from your art. Eli is someone who knows intimately the creative process, with all its nasty little pitfalls, obstacles, and occasional plateaus of despair. She has ridden through this territory and developed her own beautiful ways of dealing with the ups and downs of the artistic life. She also diligently hunts out the best resources from across the internet and beyond and shares them with you, always relevant to the topic at hand. Community building is at the heart of Eli’s approach, and the Facebook group for the course is a great way to connect to other people on the same path as you and learn from each other, make friends etc. - Caspar Riis
THE MAKE YOUR MARK MATERIALS ARE ALL DELIVERED COMPLETELY ONLINE, SO YOU CAN JOIN US FROM ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD!
Make Your Mark is a self-study course so you can sign-up at any time and get started immediately. The course is designed so you have a short lesson every week day for five weeks.
The course content is housed on a simple, easy to use membership site. You'll receive your own log in details once you've signed up and you'll be able to access all the course content from one secure place. The site is mobile responsive, so you'll be able to view the materials from anywhere.
The full course is available to you immediately, so you don't have to wait for anything - just dive straight in and do as much or as little as you want!
The lessons are designed to be done daily, so there are five lessons each week for five weeks. You'll have access to all of them immediately when you sign up so it's up to you whether you follow that format or do several in one day. The lessons are super short and easy to digest, and you'll have a quick activity to complete. There are also additional exercises, resources, and journal prompts for when you want to dig deeper into a particular area.
Lessons are available in a variety of formats - a short (5 minute) video, an audio file, and a PDF workbook - so you can absorb the information in whichever way works best for you.
Some of the activities will take you a couple of minutes, some will take a little longer. To be honest, it's completely up to you how long you spend on them, but as a rule of thumb you should allow about 15-20 minutes per day.
As part of the course you'll get access to a dedicated Facebook Group full of like-minded people. You can share what you're struggling with, or anything you're working on, or your triumphs and breakthroughs throughout the course.
The Facebook Group isn't a compulsory part of the course, but it is a lovely, supportive group and there's a lot of benefit in sharing your experience with others. I also pop in frequently and offer advice and support.
Once you sign up, you get to keep the course content. You'll have access to the membership site for as long as I offer the course, and you can download all the materials and keep them forever.
This means that you don't need to worry about falling behind (hint - you can't), or missing a part of the course. Life happens to all of us, and it's not always possible to do the exercises daily, but that is absolutely fine - I've got your back.
Plus, you'll benefit from all updates and additional resources that are added to the programme over time. Yay!
Eli’s wonderful e-course Make Your Mark was a pleasure to participate in. Through her gentle and insightful exercises, Eli breaks down many of the roadblocks which hinder our creativity, takes our hand and thoughtfully guides us to a place where we can once again embrace our natural playfulness. That place is one that many haven’t visited since childhood, when the only boundary was keeping your crayons on the paper rather than the walls. How amazing to be reintroduced to the pure joy of creativity! I highly recommend this course for beginners as well as those who have lost their way to that special place where they might just rediscover their inner artist. - Nicole Bridges
I'm not a visual artist, I'm a writer/poet/knitter/film-maker. Will this course be useful for me?
Absolutely! Although a lot of the 'play time' activities we'll be doing will revolve around making pictures, the principles of the course can be used for any kind of creative endeavour. What you'll be learning first and foremost is how to enjoy the process of creating whilst detaching yourself from the results - a valuable tool for any creator.
What do I need to take this course?
Most of the play lessons involve making art with what you have lying around, but I recommend you have access to a stack of cheap paper, some pens or paints for adding colours, and some old magazines (or access to a printer) to cut up for collaging.
Also, as the course is delivered online, you'll need a computer with access to the internet, an email account, and a Facebook account if you want to join in with the community.
I just make stuff for fun. Is this course suitable for me?
Yes, of course! We all suffer from creative fear regardless of whether you make art for a living or you just like to make stuff in your spare time. If you have ever felt paralysed by perfectionism or resistance, or had that inner critic taking up too much space in your head, then this course will definitely help.
I'm going to be away during part of the course - will this matter? I don't want to miss out!
Don't worry! The course is completely self-paced and the five-week timeline is only a guide. You get lifetime access to all the course materials, so you won't miss a thing. You can dip in and out of the course completely at your leisure.
How can I pay?
All payments are taken through Paypal, and you can use a credit or debit card even if you don't have a Paypal account. Prices are in US Dollars, and you can use this handy tool to convert the cost to your own currency if you need to.
Do I need to be in class at a certain time?
Not at all. The course is available in its entirety on the membership site, and you can work through the whole course totally at your own pace. Expect to spend about 15-20 minutes on each lesson.
I've tried other online courses and they haven't worked for me. How is this one different?
I'm so glad you asked me this. The most important thing to consider is that you have to be ready to make a change and take action. If you've got the mindset bit sorted than this course will help you with the rest. You'll have my support and that of our community, and you'll not be on this journey alone. Plus, this course is so fun and light and playful that you'll learn and grow in a totally joyful way. You won't be able to stop yourself from joining in!
Can I connect with other people taking the course?
Yes. There is a Facebook group running alongside the course where you can chat about what you're working on, and you can learn and give/receive support from other members of the group. This part of the course is totally optional but it will be an amazing resource and a great place to share what you're working on and get help if you're struggling.