Creative Blocks

Creativity is a funny thing isn't it? One minute ideas are flying out like there's no tomorrow, the next moment is quiet with no inspiration at all.

I've learned quiet- no inspriation at all - is a natural part of my creative process. Instead of being disturbed by it, I find other creative ways to spend my time. Generally, reading or learning about other art techniques or experimenting in a playful way with no real goal or outcome often helps me get back my mo-jo.

Here's a few tips to help you get your creative inspiration back.

1. When you're in the flow and ideas are coming at you a mile a minute, jot them down in a journal or on your computer so that you can refer back to them when you feel all out of ideas.

2. Sit down with your medium of choice and make a decision to be gentle with yourself. No pressure for a beautiful outcome. Set the timer for 5 minutes. Find your childlike spirit of play and do the first thing that comes to mind. If it's clay, maybe squish it around, plop it on the table, look at it, is it speaking to you? Does it want to be sculpted, stamped, colored, stacked, cut, impressed? Do one thing to it, then ask the questions all over again. What's next? Continue on, bake it or squish it again and make something else. Just keep playing until that 5 minutes is up. With any luck you'll keep playing and having fun.

3. Make a list of things you might like to try both related and unrelated to your medium.

4. Use Google images, look up images of art styles you find interesting. For me it might be "Renaissance accessories" or "19th century accessories".

Just remember your creativity will come back around. If you use your time wisely by enjoying various areas of your art you will be more than ready to create when it comes back.



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