Sometimes I feel like my creative brain has a big, fat piece of polymer clay stuck in it and I just can’t seem to think of ANYTHING to craft, paint, make, bake, sew, etc. (You get the idea, right?) Can anyone else relate? Today I’m sharing the methods I follow to crawl out of a creative mental block or to avoid them all together.
- Keep creative – well this one sounds pretty obvious, but even during the yuckiest, most stressful times, I try to do at least one ‘right-brained’ activity a day to ensure that my poor creative right brain doesn’t fry from all the studying and exams. This year, I’ve been doing my #366project which has been a blessing in disguise, because even although some days I’ve been totally stressed out about the quotes, it means I’ve been forced to practise my brush- lettering every day and do something creative.
- Get inspired – Even if it just means going on Pinterest once a day or subscribing to your favourite magazine, have a place that you can tap into for ideas and creativity. HOWEVER, be careful of looking into the same places too often! I’ve read it in creative guide books, too! If you follow similar accounts, read similar books and blogs, eventually, your own creativity stops flowing because you just keep looking in the same place! I try to go through the people I follow on Instagram maybe once every two months and unfollow all the same-same accounts and follow people I wouldn’t ordinarily follow. These small things can make a BIG change.
- Keep a journal – how often do we get flashes of creativity in odd places like the shower or just before we sleep? And… then forget them before we can use them… Write it down! Even if you just jot it down messily, at least its there for you to use and refer back to. You could even just use the note app on your phone.
- Try New Things – Just because you’re a crafter doesn’t mean you can’t bake or be a musician! Try new things, get involved and explore options and new experiences and opportunities. You never know what’s coming your way and what might just inspire you!
- Exposure – this last point is very important to me – in fact I decided to make it my new year’s resolution at the beginning of the year! Exposing your self to different forms of creativity such as music and theatre can only have positive effects and set your creative juices going!
I hope you found this helpful! Some very helpful and inspiring things to read are: Amy Tangerine’s Creative Handbook. It’s so great and offers practical, insightful suggestions. I also recommend the SARK books, and Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. Have a fab week!
Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx