5 Tips To Overcome Creative Block
There was a time I had to take a break from blogging. I loved blogging and thought it was going to be so easy to start again. I thought I’d have a list of ideas to get right back into it. Even though I wanted to, my mind was stuttering. Thoughts went through my mind. How do I think of a post to start with? How do I get organized again? When the pictures for me to paint seemed to flow, it seemed as though nothing fit quite right enough to add words to them.
Creative block is real. It can show up announced leaving you feeling dry and feeling like nothing you create will be the same again.
1. Go over past work
Spend some time going over what you’ve created in the past. Look at things that were your favorite and ask yourself why? What made you love them? Is there anything you could tweak, add, subtract, or change to make it different and new?
Look at the things you felt weren’t so great. Why? How can you improve it?
2. Go through work of others you admire
Click through the Instagram of an artist you love or spend time reading a blog. What is working for them? What really resonates with you? Are there any trends emerging?
3. Try a new medium
Maybe you don’t have a new idea for a painting but try to paint something you’ve done before in a new medium. Love watercolor? Try marker. Love marker? Try colored pencil.
Or, look for other artists who use a different medium and figure out what’s special about it.
For me, Pinterest is a pretty normal everyday inspiration. Keep scrolling through Pinterest but scroll with new eyes. Is there a new texture or color you could use? What about a different pose?
5. Learn about a Master
Look to Matisse or Georgia O’Keefe, what did they go through in their life? What inspires them? How could you use that today?
6. I think the most important ingredient is to keep moving forward. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Just let it out & make something. Ultimately, we create art because it’s fun and having fun is what will keep you going!
Do you get creative block? How do you overcome it?