This is Part 1 of a 3 Part series to give you a bit of insight into how Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse works.
In the actual eCourse, you get all three parts in one week and you get many more projects, but for this I’ll be sharing a new part each week. (These prompts are not from the eCourse itself, but it will give you an idea of what it’s like.)
Today is the creativity booster.
Part 2 will be jewelry skills lessons (coming out December 21, 2016.)
Part 3 will be a jewelry project (coming out December 28, 2016.)
Music as a creativity booster
Have you ever noticed that when a song you love comes on you feel more joy and energetic?
Well, music does more than just lifts your mood, it also can help with focus and boost your brain waves to increase your creativity.
There was a study in 1996 that proved when participants listened to Mozart, creativity soared.
Even if you don’t particularly like Mozart or classical music, music can really enhance your creative time.
- If you listen to music that is nostalgic it can take you back to memories that you may have forgotten. You can use those memories as creative inspiration.
- It can mark the start of your creative activity almost like a ritual. You put on the music and then you get started. You’re more focused on the activity. Even if the music itself doesn’t work as inspiration, the act of putting on the music can inspire creativity.
Today’s Creativity Booster Activity:
Listen to some music and sketch while you do so.
I highly recommend listening to Mozart, but if you don’t enjoy classical music I suggest that you find some music that you love. Maybe choose something from your younger years or if you need some holiday cheer, maybe choose some holiday music.
Then get out a sketchpad and see what happens.
In my case, I decided beforehand to sketch some jewelry pieces and that is exactly what I did. However, you don’t have to sketch jewelry. Something else may come up that you want to sketch. This exercise is more about getting the creative juices flowing in general than about actually sketching jewelry.
Here’s a video about music and creativity and me sketching:
Some special notes for sketching jewelry:
- If you are new to jewelry making, it could be difficult for you to sketch jewelry because you don’t know a lot of techniques yet. BUT… that could also be liberating because you can just sketch anything that comes to mind without thinking of how you’ll make it. You can figure out the “how” later. Just get your ideas down now.
- If you think you cannot draw, it is okay! I can’t draw either and I sketch jewelry all the time. Simply draw it out as best you can and then make notes so you remember what you were trying to convey. Label “chain” or “beads” or whatever you need to label to remember.
- No one ever has to see your sketches. I’m sharing my sketches to hopefully inspire you to be brave and give it a try. (I do share my sketches in Inspired eCourse to inspire you to design your own jewelry and to show you my process. But otherwise I don’t share my sketches with anyone.)
- You might not make jewelry that looks like your drawing. It’s a starting point. You may discover what you envisioned is not going to work or you may come up with something you like even more. You could abandon the idea altogether for something else entirely. You have the idea in your sketchbook, so you’re not going to forget it. You can come back to it anytime.
Now, get to it! Find some music and get sketching!
If you want a new creativity booster, jewelry skills lessons and jewelry projects each week for 6 weeks, sign up for Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry.
It starts on January 2, 2017 and is a beautiful way to start the new year.
There are 21 jewelry projects in this eCourse and who knows how many you’ll be inspired to design yourself once you get the creativity boosters as inspiration and the jewelry skills lessons.
Learn more here: Rediscover Your Creativity