what do you do when you aren't inspired?
that is this months blog carnival topic.
well actually, we are making lists of an inspirational 20 things to do, to kick start creativity....
i personally find that i am more likely to be at a loss for time when i want to create rather than a loss for ideas when i have time to make.
however, i do think this is a great topic for getting out of a rut.
it can be fun to play on one idea or one theme for a while, but then i want to move forward and learn more skills or try another design.
here are things that i have either tried or think would work for myself to get out of a creative rut:
- participate in a group challenge - for me that's been the project runway jewelry challenges
- clean up my bench junk - take all those odd leftovers cluttering the bench and make something, anything
- make time for my boys - if i spend all the time i can with my sons, i find that i have more ideas than i know what to do with when i do get to work
- make custom work - its not always something i would do unless asked, but it does get me thinking
- take care of little things - like bills, doing laundry, making lunch, etc....when i have other things stacking up, i can't focus on making jewelry
- pick a theme - make only red things for a week, use only metal, etc
- try a new technique - whether it be easy or hard
- read a book
- take a break from anything jewelry related for a couple of days or a couple of weeks
- play in another medium - for me that means picking up some yarn and knitting or picking up my paintbrushes and watercoloring
- pamper yourself
- make something for yourself - what i would wear is not always EXACTLY what i make for others
- enjoy nature - there are so many colors and shapes in nature that it is almost impossible not to get inspired
- buy something new - this sort of goes along with trying a new technique, but buying a couple of new cabs often gets me thinking in new ways
- use alternative materials - embroidery floss and plastic bags definitely make me think in new ways
- enjoy other artists work - seeing what others are able to do allows me to expand my definition of what is possible
- meditate - just take time to let ideas come to you, its not necessary to force them
- talk it out - sometimes discussing a creative rut with another will open up a dialog for suggestions for new work
- enjoy new music
- sketch - i never sketch, ever, but i do think grabbing a stone and sketching out ideas would help someone regain some momentum
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