Sometimes you don’t feel 100% creative and you need a little boost. You might be in the middle of a creative block and need a little inspiration to get your creative motivation back.
Today I’m sharing Part 1 of a new free mini eCourse to help inspire you and get you started toward creativity again.
[Below is basically a transcript of the video.]
This free mini course is in 5 parts:
- Part 1 is a creative activity to inspire you and boost your creativity.
- Part 2 is creating an art journal page. Don’t worry if you haven’t done this before, I’ll suggest ideas for your art journal – even if you don’t feel like an artist. Even though I’ll be sharing my pages, your art journal is just for you and you don’t have to share your pages with anyone.
- In Part 3 we’ll pull out themes and ideas from your art journal page.
- In Part 4 we’ll sketch our jewelry ideas. Don’t worry if you don’t think you can sketch or draw.
- Part 5 is a jewelry tutorial. In this mini course I hope that you’ll be inspired to come up with your own unique ideas with your own personal style. If you do, I hope you’ll make your own piece. However, if you’re not sure, I have a fun, customizable jewelry tutorial for you using materials you likely already have on hand.
As I said, I’ll share Part 1 here today. To get the remaining lessons, Parts 2-5, just sign up below and I’ll send you the link to enroll in the mini course for free!
This mini course will give you a taste of my full eCourse, Inspired eCourse. Inspired eCourse is a creativity/art journal/jewelry making course. If you like this mini course, you’ll love Inspired eCourse. You can check out the full Inspired eCourse here: Inspired eCourse.
Now, let’s get started.
Part 1: Creativity Booster: Clean Your Workspace
Part 1 is a creativity boosting exercise. The exercise is clean your workspace.
By workspace I mean anywhere you work, whether you have a full studio, a drawer stashed with beads or anything in between.
I think the main reasons this works are:
#1 You will get your mind off of creativity. This will actually help you come up with ideas. My very best ideas happen when I’m doing something else. Have you ever noticed you get ideas in the shower or when you’re doing mindless chores around the house?
#2 You will actually see and touch your supplies. You might find things you forgot about or lost and get ideas of what to do with those supplies.
#3 Have a clean space makes you want to dive back into a project.
Sometimes it’s our tendency to want to “come up with ideas” or really push ourselves when we have creative blocks. Instead I find it helpful to do something — almost anything — else.
For instance, cleaning your workspace, taking a shower, cleaning your house, doing the dishes, basically doing something that takes your mind off creativity, but something you don’t have to think about too hard. Maybe reading a fun novel or magazine would work for you.
Do you remember that feeling when you’re in the bead store or online shopping and you find a great bead, clasp, etc. that you can’t wait to use?
Sometimes you don’t use it right away. Then life calls and you’ve moved on. The beads get stashed on your worktable or in a box or wherever and you forget about them.
This happens to everyone.
Sometimes you have a few beautiful leftover beads from a project that have been tossed aside or forgotten.
When you organize your supplies, you will see them again. It’s like when you got them the first time! Now you’re excited to use them again.
I find this to be the case even with leftover beads from other projects. I’ll be like, “Yay! I still have a few of these beads!” And start coming up with an idea.
What you can do right now:
Even if you have very little time to do a whole big reorganization, you can set a timer for 15 or 20 minutes and see how far you get.
- Putting away beads leftover from a project.
- Organizing your tools.
- Just picking out the scrap wire to recycle.
- Just picking out any trash that accumulated.
- Separating your mess into piles of like items (i.e. a pile of wire, a pile of beads, a pile of tools, a pile of findings)
- Make a list of things you need to get at the store to complete your organization (i.e. bins, bead containers, etc.)
As you can see, even if you don’t have hours to devote, you can just set a timer for 5 minutes and take one step. Even just 5 minutes can really get your creativity percolating.
Also, you may find things you want to let go of. You can donate this items to a charity thrift store or someone who would love them.
I go through and purge my supplies every so often and I love the feeling of knowing I love everything I have left.
So dive in and clean up your workspace. When you find some beads that you’re really inspired by as you go along, go ahead and put them to the side for a jewelry project. I like to collect beads I want to use next in a pretty bowl or on a tray.
To continue with the FREE Inspired Mini Course, sign up below. You’ll receive an email immediately with access to enroll for free to get the remaining lessons. Plus you’ll get some extra emails with helpful inspiration to guide you on your journey.