7 Ways to Spark Your Creativity

Are you finding it hard to keep those creative juices flowing? 

This whole Covid situation has been a real energy-drainer for me too. 

If you're feeling like you're in a creative rut and just not feeling it, you're not alone. 


I've been running some online workshops which have been great, but when I'm at home, I often find myself at a loose end with all this extra time on my hands. You'd think I'd be churning out new projects left and right, but nope, it's just not happening! 


Some days I'm bursting with ideas, and other days I can't seem to get anything down on paper. 

I live and breathe arts & crafts, so even when I'm not creating, I'm always brainstorming new project ideas (sometimes when I should be doing something else!). 

But let me tell you, there have actually been times (admittedly few and far between) where I've wished I could just leave it all behind and simplify my life!!! Piling my stuff in the middle of the room and setting a match to it has crossed my mind but maybe that's a little bit too drastic!!!


So, how do I get back into the creative groove? Well, over the years, I've learned that taking time for yourself is key. Whether it's relaxing, spending time with loved ones, or just doing something that recharges your batteries, it's essential for us creative souls. 


There are also some relaxing activities that can help you make the most of this downtime and spark some inspiration for your future art projects. So, hang in there, take a breather, and let's get those creative juices flowing again!

1 - Take a Note/Sketch Book With You Everywhere

Isn't it amazing how the world is full of inspiration? 


I try to make sure to have a notebook and some pencils with me, you never know when you might come across something worth sketching or jotting down! 


Whether it's during a quick lunch break or while waiting for an appointment, there's often a chance to take a moment and really soak in your surroundings. It's like having a little adventure right at your fingertips!

2 - Make Use Your Phone Camera

So many of us have smartphones these days.

But let's be real, how often do we actually use the camera for more than just selfies and food pics?   I find super helpful using my camera inconjunction with my sketchbook! 

It's amazing how taking photos of everyday things can inspire your future creative projects. 


My camera roll is full of snapshots of flowers, trees, and all sorts of interesting details like rusty poles, lichen-covered roof tiles, and weathered wood. 

I came across this beautiful fence the other day, and I couldn't resist capturing the way the lichen followed the tree rings in the wood. 


It's the little things like this that can add so much depth and character to your art and craft projects. 

Think paintings, embroidery designs, patchwork creations - the possibilities are endless! 


So, next time you're out and about, don't forget to snap a few photos of the world around you. Who knows what kind of inspiration you might find! 

3 - Getting Out Into Nature

Nature has been a muse for artists since forever, so it makes sense that taking a stroll in the woods or collecting seashells by the beach can bring you a sense of calm and a ton of inspiration for later. 


Personally, I adore spending time alone in nature because it gives my brain a chance to unwind and think about all sorts of things that I might have ignored when life gets busy. 


This process often leads me to some interesting questions and ideas that I like to jot down or record on my phone for future use.

4 - Visit Museums and Art Galleries

I absolutely love exploring museums and admiring the incredible creations of artists and craftspeople throughout history. 

It's always so fascinating to see the different mediums and techniques they use, as well as the diverse range of subjects they depict, from religious art to abstract pieces. 


Even though we can't visit in person right now, many museums have their collections available online, and some are even hosting virtual exhibitions during this Covid period. 


Some of my personal favorites include The British Museum, The Ashmolean Museum, National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts, Uffizi Gallery, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, and The Louvre.

5 - Watch Creative TV Series or Documentaries

Have you ever found yourself drawn to documentary series that delve into different periods of history or teach you how to tackle fun projects? 

There's just so much inspiration waiting to be discovered in these kinds of programs! 


For example, during lockdown, Grayson Perry's Art Club series was a huge hit, and I personally loved his historical series Rites of Passage.


 And let's not forget about Kirstie Allsop's crafting shows like Keep Crafting and Carry On or her Handmade Christmas series - they're full of ideas to spark your creativity! 


As for me, I can't get enough of historical TV series that explore art history and the incredible artists who have left their mark on the world. 

Whether it's Tim Marlow's Great Artists or Waldemar Januszczak's captivating series, there's always something new to learn and be inspired by. 

So why not dive in and discover your next favorite show?

6 - Leafing Through Art Books/Magazines

I have a little secret to share with you - I absolutely adore art books! Whenever I visit an exhibition, I just can't resist getting the book that goes along with it. As a result, I have quite the collection to dive into whenever the mood strikes (and a significantly lighter wallet, too!) 


I also have a habit of collecting postcards from the art galleries and museums I visit. They're a budget-friendly way to keep a little piece of inspiration on hand. I love framing them and scattering them around the house, or sticking them up on the fridge for a quick peek whenever I need a creative boost. 


You definitely don't have to be as fanatical as I am, but flipping through inspiring books or magazines can be a wonderful way to spend your downtime, refreshing your mind with beautiful ideas and techniques.


So why not treat yourself to a little artistic escape next time you have a moment to spare?

7 - Try Some Doodle Drawing

Have you ever tried doodle drawing? Some people might think it's just for kids, but let me tell you, it can actually be super helpful! 


Doing warm up exercises before diving into a big art project is key to getting those creative juices flowing. Just playing around with patterns and lines without any pressure can really help when you're feeling stuck. 


And coloring? It's not just for kids - it's a great way to unwind and relax. Plus, you never know, those doodles could turn into something amazing in the future! 


If you're interested in learning more about the benefits of doodling, feel free to check out my Art Journalling for Wellbeing group

Happy doodling!

I hope you've found some cool ideas to ponder and that you're feeling motivated to give them a go! 

If you have any other bright ideas or fun activities to share, please feel free to drop a comment here or on our Facebook and Instagram pages.


Wishing you all a week full of inspiration! xx


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