We all go through periods where we feel less than creative.
Typically we are either burned out or bored.
Some people have the luxury to wait it out. But for others creation is part of their livelihood and waiting it out really isn’t an option.
So what to do?
Well, there may be a multitude of things that might work, however, we’ll present 10 that are tried and true according to our research and discussions in the forum.
10 Ways to (re)Charge Creativity
1– GO FOR A WALK. Get out of your studio, change your scenery, let the different sights and sounds and smells help clear your head. By far this is the most often suggested solution.
2. – READ SOMETHING.
Leave your studio and take ten minutes to read.
Many artists find that this focuses their thoughts to the point that when they return to the studio, they are able to direct their thoughts and energies towards creating.
3. – MAKE SOMETHING ELSE – cook, knit, draw, paint – make something that is different from your main art form.
4. – CLEAN YOUR STUDIO.
Tackle that big stash of beads. Organize your stones. Put away all of your tools. Clean up your scrap. Wipe down your bench.
This can result in lots of new energy either from an unfinished project that grabs your attention or a stone that begs to be worked with or just the order of your work area. Sometimes clutter messes with out heads when we don’t realize it.
Take a break from the actual creation and instead sketch. It doesn’t matter what you sketch. In fact, sketching in the abstract, such as with a Zentangles kit can be a fantastic way to open up your mind. Check out the link and purchase or just wing it like I do.
However, if the mood is there, sketch design ideas – practical pieces or let your mind go wild and sketch things that are very outside of your normal aesthetic.
You just might discover a new design direction.
6. – BROWSE.
An art gallery, museum, fashion magazine, online photo galleries. No words, just pictures. Just take in the beauty – the colors, the line, shape, forms. You don’t have to over think anything, just enjoy it.
NOTE: Some artists find browsing in their same medium helpful while others find it disturbing. The caveat here then is KNOW THYSELF. If you are comfortable with browsing other jewelry artists try Facere Gallery, or FLICKR (search jewelry) to let your mind wander.
7. – JUST DO IT.
Just make something.
Something simple and repetitive. Like earwires or coils or jumprings. Something you KNOW you will use later on. Simply holding your tools and working on something that you don’t have to think too hard about seems to recharge many artists. Plus you’ll have loads of findings when you’re done!
8. JUST DON’T DO IT.
Many artists believe that downtime is necessary. That this is precisely how your creative energy recharges. By taking a break. So they don’t force it.
Maybe you just need to go about the rest of your life for a few days and don’t give a thought to creating. (that is probably easier said than done!)
9. FOLLOW SOMEONE ELSE.
This can take the pressure off and open you up to creating again.
And finally – #10
When all else fails.
CHOCOLATE AND WINE.
There are many other ways to spark creativeness or find a missing muse.
Tell us, what do you do to recharge your creative energy? We’ll take all of the suggestions you offer, combine them with the 10 listed here, and publish them as a download.
Thanks for sharing your experiences!