If you’re looking for some fun ways to ignite your creativity…and keep it lit, read through the list below to discover a few strategies that you might want to adopt into your creative routine. We’ve also created a beautiful 11″ x 17″ poster for you to print and post in your studio as a reminder to show up and create. The illustrations on the poster were created by one of my students who is an aspiring illustrator who goes by the name SEAYAWN.
- Show Up! Set the intention to create and block it into your schedule. Treat it like an appointment. A huge part of creating is getting down to the business of creating. Perhaps you could organize your schedule on Sunday night and block in your times to create during the week.
- Carry a sketchbook with you at all time…for ideas and inspiration. Keep it in your pocket or purse along with some pens, and water-soluble pencil crayons. Sketch or write about the things you see that you love, those things that disturb you, the things things that make your curious.
- Foster your curiosity – as a daily practice. Intentionally set out to try one new thing a day…read widely, listen to new music, talk to a stranger, explore a different neighborhood, add a new color to your palette, travel to a remote destination, try an exotic food, build your sense of adventure!
- Establish a starting ritual for your creative space. Could you light a candle, don your smock, put on some great background music, or do some creative warm up exercises? Whatever you do – always have a work in progress awaiting your return!
- Spend time in nature…preferably moving your body and breathing deeply. I find this will always put me in a better mood and state of mind, and will often provide me with some new directions if I’m feeling challenged.
- Identify one of your creative fears and turn it into an Art Adventure! Could you go and draw in your local coffee shop or interview people on the street about your latest concept?
- Embrace the opposite! In order to change things up – creating surprise and delight and potentially new ideas – embrace the opposite. If you normally paint, write a poem instead or create a sculpture. If you are exploring a particular idea or concept – work with it’s opposite. If your color palette is dark tones, introduce some light colors. Play and experiment with this idea of holding opposites together.
- Set up a small ongoing creative practice – and commit to 15 minutes a day. I like to have some small project all set up and available to work on in small bits of time. This repeated exposure and practice time can be a real game changer. What art skill could you practice each day that would enhance your overall artistic practice?
- Spend time in silence and solitude – unplug and unwind. This is the ultimate in creative restoration!
- Keep learning about the things you are passionate about…take a course, read a book, subscribe to a relevant blog, find a mentor, or perhaps all of the above. Let yourself fall in love with being creative and enjoy your creative time.
I hope you have fun experimenting with these ideas as part of your evolving creative practice! And don’t forget to download and print the cheery 11″ x 17″ studio poster or share it with a friend. Also, please share below other things that you do to ignite your creativity and keep the creative fires burning.
Happy Creating, Nancy