In my last post, I talked about how giving attention to our creative work and making time for art is really important right now.
It's also really hard right now. These are stressful, anxious times, and those feelings can make being creative feel really hard. And yet if we aren't getting to our creative work, that also makes us feel anxious, restless, not quite right. So what do you do when you want to do creative work but you can't seem to make it happen?
Find a way to just dip your toes into creativity. Find things that are easy, don't take too much time, are soothing if possible, fun if possible, engaging without needing laser focus. What you do isn't the important part; the important part is touching base with your creative life to keep connected.
My favorite thing to do when I want to do my art but can't settle into it is creative busy work. It's stuff that needs to get done for your creative work, but it doesn't usually require quite as much time, energy, or brain power. Things like organizing, prepping, tidying, planning, things that let you get your hands on your creative work but in a lighter and easier way than fully immersing yourself.
Some creative busy work projects:
- Wind skeins of yarn into balls for your next knitting or crocheting project (or skeins of floss for embroidery)
- Gather paints and sorting or organizing them for easier use on your next project
- Clip words and pictures out of magazines for your next collage, junk journal, or art journal project
- Put down layers of paint in your art journal for backgrounds
- Pull gel prints for future use as backgrounds or in collages, etc.
- Practice brush lettering or other hand lettering
- Make a color swatch (so many fun ideas for color swatches at Daisy Yellow--check out the link!) with your favorite markers, paints, colored pencils, etc.
- Add to or organize inspirational Pinterest boards
- Page through magazines about your art or ones that inspire you in some way
One last suggestion--keep a list of creative busy work. Put it in the front of your journal or planner or somewhere you can look at it easily. Sometimes when you're restless and want to do something, trying to remember the ideas you had about what to do gets hard. Make it easier for yourself! Easy is good.
I hope this has helped a little if you've been feeling stuck or unfocused lately. And if you have other things you like to do to help ease yourself out of a creative slump, I'd love to hear about them! Drop a note in the comments, or find me on social media.