How to Be Creative Art Journal Page and Creativity Tip

How to Be Creative Art Journal Page

Can I be honest with you?

Even though I am constantly writing and talking about creativity, there are times when I don’t feel creative.

I recently went through a couple of days of it.

I have systems in place for times like this. I have sketchbooks and note cards full of ideas and inspiration. (And I show you and tell you about those tips specifically as some of the bonus content in Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse.)

I have ideas and inspirational materials coming out my ears.

But sometimes I just don’t feel it.

I’m telling you this not so you feel sorry for me, but so that you know that EVERYONE feels this way sometimes. If you feel this way sometimes (or even often) you are not alone. I am right there with you.

No matter how much you read, no matter how much research you do, no matter how many things you pin, no matter how many journals full of ideas and inspiration you have, no matter how many inspiring things you do, you only create art (jewelry, art journals, etc.) if you CREATE ART.

Doing is doing.

Research, planning, all of that is important, but only doing is doing.

I think it’s fine to go through periods of gathering inspiration and ideas and looking at beautiful things on Pinterest. Maybe you watch my videos or read these blogposts and get inspired, but then stop there.

Sometimes you need time of reflection and information or inspiration gathering.

But then at some point you have to actually do something to start feeling more creative.

Yesterday I was feeling kind of crappy. I have this book of ideas for jewelry designs and several things I want to make right now. If you follow me on Facebook, you might have seen my post about going to BeadFest. I got super inspired and sketched out some jewelry design ideas.

But then I didn’t actually make any jewelry.

How to Be Creative Art Journal Page

But then I got out some art journal supplies and gave myself 60 minutes of time to play around. Honestly, I didn’t feel like it when I first decided to do it.

But then as I was looking through some supplies I found this scrapbook paper that was all about being artsy and creative. And I found an image of a pile of beads that I cut out of a bead catalog or magazine.

So I pulled out my paints and started painting and started gluing a few things down on my page.

Beads

After that I made a bracelet with some of my new beads from BeadFest and then a necklace as well that I really love.

I feel like I’m out of my creative block. (For now!)

Creativity Tip: just pick something and do it even if you don’t feel like it. Put time parameters around it if you especially don’t feel like it. If at the end of that time you still don’t feel creative, stop.

Maybe you want to watch one of my video tutorials and then actually make a piece of jewelry. Perhaps you could try working in an art journal. Maybe it’s something else altogether.

In my case, I kept working beyond the 60 minutes. I made the art journal page, a bracelet and a necklace.

And, in fact, I didn’t start right in on the art journal page. I played around with some paint on a separate piece of paper for a while first.

How to Be Creative Art Journal Page

Here’s an art journal tip for you: I use makeup applicators for painting in my art journal sometimes.

It happened as kind of an accident. I purchased those makeup applicators at a discount store because they were really inexpensive, so they’re not my usual makeup applicators. I hated them for applying makeup. But they work great for applying paint to pages!

How to Be Creative Art Journal Page

I hope you have a creative day! And if you’re not feeling creative, that’s okay, too. You can try the tip of setting a timer and just creating something anyway or maybe you need to not force yourself and just give yourself a break.

Bonus Creativity Tip: read “How to Be Creative” on my art journal page for even more creativity tips.

How to Be Creative Art Journal Page


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Creativity Countdown to Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry – Week 1

Christmas Tree

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!  Or if you didn’t (I haven’t always been a Christmas person myself), I hope you find peace in the New Year.

I completely overestimated how much I could get done during the holidays.  So today – a few days late and without a video – I bring you the final creativity tip for the Creativity Countdown.

There are only 5 more days until Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry starts and registration closes.  I run this class only once or twice a year.  So give yourself the gift of a very creative start to the New Year and take Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry.

Now, onto our final creativity tip for the Creativity Countdown.

Week 1:  Let it Rest

Sometimes I’ll be working on a creative project, let’s say it’s a complicated necklace, and I’ll get stuck where I’m going or what I want to do next.

I find myself getting frustrated and I try to keep going, only to make it worse.

Have you been in this situation?

No matter how hard you try you either can’t figure it out or else you make it even worse, get frustrated and abandon the project altogether.

Instead of trying to push through let it rest.  Put that project to the side and come back to it tomorrow.

“Why is it I get my best ideas in the morning while I’m shaving?” ~Albert Einstein

Maybe for you, it’s the shower.

Come back when you’re fresh and have had some time and space away from the project and see what new ideas you have.

I hope you have gotten some little tips from the Creativity Countdown.

Here are links to the other Creativity Countdown posts:

Week 4

Week 3

Week 2

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Creativity Countdown to Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry – Week 2

It’s just two weeks to the start of Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse and I’m counting down with creativity tips!

Week 2:  Coloring!

Learn more about Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse here.

Here are links to the other Creativity Countdown posts:

Week 4

Week 3

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Creativity Countdown to Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry – Week 3

Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse starts on January 4th (you can still sign up here!) and I’m counting down the weeks until we start!

Each week I’ll be sharing a tiny little tip to help with your creativity.

For last week’s tip, click here:  Week 4

Since we’re counting down this is . . .

Week 3:  Drifting.

Spend some time this week just drifting.

What is drifting?

Just wander around without any plan or end result in mind.  Walk around and see what you come across and make notes in your journal.

You may want to take a car ride or road trip and stop anywhere interesting along the way.

If you’re immobile, then you can drift across the internet.

You can place a time limit like an hour or something similar if you don’t have time to just wander aimlessly for an entire day.  (And really who does?  But if you do, then wander around for an afternoon or a day.)

See what creative ideas come your way while you’re drifting.

Your Challenge:  Choose a time to drift around without any plans or end results in mind and then do it!

Remember to jot down any ideas that you have along the way!

For extra accountability, write in the “reply” box below what you did.  (Don’t be shy!)  (And you can even add photo of what you’re working on!)

I’ll see you on Monday with another tip.

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Creativity Tip: Clean Your Workspace

Clean your workspace(I think I am organized, but looking at this photo I see what my husband sees……A LOT of stuff.  This is just a portion.)

In ECT TV Episode 2, I gave a tip to clean up your workspace when you’re feeling creatively blocked.

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 two 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.

#2  You will see your supplies.  You might find things you forgot about or lost and get ideas of what to do with those supplies.

Get your mind off of being creative.

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 of of creativity, but something you don’t have to think about too hard.  Maybe reading a fun novel or magazine would work for you.

Finding supplies.

Do you remember that feeling when you’re at the supply store (or online even) and you find a great bead, clasp, etc. that you can’t wait to use?

Sometimes when you get home you don’t get straight to work.  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.

When you organize your supplies, you will see them again.  It’s like when you got them the first time!  Woo hoo!  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 and see how far you get.

Try:

  • Putting away beads leftover from a project.
  • Putting away 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 that will help.

Have fun!  Wish me luck as I try to pare down my craft supplies to about 50% of what I have now.


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