Artist of the month May

Anne @bujotrulla


What role does being creative play in your everyday life? Are you creative in other ways besides watercolor and lettering?

Being creative is the balance to my exhausting job. When I can implement creative ideas, I can switch off and focus on what gives me inner peace.

Aside from bullet journaling, I also sew and plot. Sewing is also an incredibly good way for me to relax and I liiiiove working patterns!

You're traveling to a deserted island and you're only allowed to take one pen/brush/color with you - what do you choose?

I would never leave home if I had to make that decision :D If I got kidnapped and could only grab one pen, I would try to bag a MonoGraph from Tombow. How far I would get with it on banana leaves or cave walls, I would have to try out then....

Do you sometimes have a "crea-low" and if so - what do you do about it?

Oh yes, very often. For me, it is then very important that I do not look so much on Instagram at others. The seemingly endless creativity of others then only pulls me down and puts me under total pressure. I accept the Krea low and find it meanwhile also ok. I go for walks a lot, occupy myself with other things. I've learned to make more intensive use of creative phases, for example by jotting down ideas in a completely unorganized way. I then look at such lists in creative low phases - sometimes that helps ;)

Are there any artists you find particularly great - if so, which ones and why?

Oh, there are so many from so many different genres! I love to look at works whose artist is immediately recognizable. There is always so much heart and soul and passion in them. If someone stays true to himself and does what he/she likes, then I like that. @danielverovic is such an artist who just surprises me again and again, inspires me and never bores me. Sue and Yasmin from @mayandberry the same way. But like I said, there are so so so many. In the bullet journal scene, too, of course.

Creativity and social media - what are your thoughts on this?

Curse and blessing. On the one hand, it's great that you can get inspiration and exchange ideas with like-minded people, but on the other hand, the pressure is sometimes very high and the sensory overload is enormous. At some point, you get the feeling that you've seen it all before and feel kind of inhibited. That's how I feel more and more. I also find the elbows and the competitive behavior quite stressful at times. The fact that money will play an increasingly important role for creators in the future is also one of those things. But the exchange in the community is a lot of fun and for me personally it's the most important thing.

Do you have other creative goals and dreams that you are looking forward to?

I actually only have one dream left and that is the perfect notebook :D Unfortunately that still doesn't exist. I've already talked to a few people and companies about it, but nothing has really worked out yet. But what is not, can still be ;)

-thank you for the interview, dear Anne :)