It happens to almost all of us. The time will come when we lose the muse and aren’t feeling creative even when we’re expected to be creating. It can be very disconcerting especially if we are on a deadline to make something fabulous.
There have been many times when I’ve felt bad about myself for not being in the mood to create. We must remind ourselves to take time to recharge our creative batteries and refill the artistic well.
If you are in a slump and waiting for your creativity to return, try doing the things on my list. They have helped me through creative slumps for years and I hope they help you.
Stop beating yourself up because you aren’t feeling creative. Take a deep breath, close your
eyes and know you are not alone.
Spend a little time organizing your studio, craft room or workspace. Find a place for your supplies and label the drawers or boxes so you can find them more easily.
Go through your supplies and clean residue from the caps of paints and mediums so product flows easily the next time you need them. Throw dried out paints, inks and stamp pads.
Natural hair brushes will benefit from conditioning with cheap hair conditioner. Generously apply the hair conditioner to a brush after washing and let dry.
Spend some time looking at art created by others. Take a class. Go to a museum and bring a sketchbook. If you can’t get away, look at art online or go to the library. Take a hike or walk in a park.
Put on some of your favorite music. Dance a little or dance a lot. Let the music move you.
Keep a drawing pad, pen or pencil on your work table and doodle. Jot down ideas and
thoughts. Scribble your emotions and cross hatch them out. Doodling is very therapeutic.
Bring your camera every where you go. Take pictures of things that inspire you. Use a
macro lens and get as close as possible when you shoot. Compose from every day objects.
If you work in a lot of mediums or you haven’t used something in a year, you may want to
decide which supplies you want to keep. Maybe it’s time to get rid of those macrame supplies!
Give your art. You will make a persons day and the act of letting go always brings
something better in return. Hopefully the creative spark will reappear…
© Karen Elaine Thomas 2013