I’ve been making jewelry.
It’s not because I’m a jewelry maker. Heck, I don’t even know how to do wire work or bead work or solder metal for bracelets…but that’s exactly the point. I’ve been doing something artistic but something that I don’t know how to do, to help with overcoming creative block.
If you’re a creative person you might have experienced this nuisance.
One morning you realize that for days (weeks?), you’ve been lacking inspiration and now that you mention it, you’ve also been feeling drained physically and struggling to meet your deadlines.
That’s exactly where I was just a few weeks into the new year. At the time, I didn’t have the luxury of doing things to jumpstart my creativity, I had project due dates that were pressing in on me.
But in the past few weeks, I’ve allowed myself some creative breathing room.
I’ve consistently turned down opportunities to work with brands…because if I’m struggling with creativity, it’s not fair to them…
I’ve cut my time online significantly…now, when I’m online, there’s a good reason-
I cancelled an out of state conference trip…right now I don’t want 100 more things to-do with/to my blog, I’m an introvert craving serenity and stillness…I need to refuel.
And I have been slowly working on restoring order to my life. If you’re a blogger, you’ll understand me when I say, 7 straight years of blogging non-stop – can absolutely sap the order right out of a person’s life…
All those things were helping but I still needed a little infusion of creative energy. In the past, when I run into a creative block, I try something new…
Something inspired but unfamiliar.
Something creative, but not necessarily something I know how to do.
When I start a new thing, it immediately frees my mind of expectations and comparisons…because, after all, I don’t know what I’m doing. I find I’m kinder and gentler with myself.
When I made my DIY Wood Rosary/Gratitude Beads, I fell in love with the knotting.
Not unlike crocheting or knitting, knotting is repetitive. At the same time it gives your hands an almost rhythmic task, your mind has time and space to rest.
A few days after I finished my beads, I saw these dreamy Agate beads on Amazon.
Click on photo to take you to the beads- this is an affiliate link
Inspiration stirred in me…not much mind you…but enough to give me an idea or two.
So jewelry making became my unfamiliar creative endeavor.
I ordered a few more things from Amazon, then went to a couple of my favorite craft stores for more supplies. Finally, I rummaged through my old-tangled up jewelry and found even more to work with…
I spent just a little time looking at some jewelry making tutorials online, careful not to get carried away with the nuts and bolts of jewelry making…because I’m not going to open a shop, I’m just trying to jolt my creative self out of her funk…
And ya know what? I think it’s working. For the past several mornings, I can’t wait to get upstairs to my studio (project room/craft room/office)!
I could have picked any number of things besides jewelry making…and who knows, I still might!
I was thinking about knitting or macrame … 🙂
Have you ever experienced a creative block? If so, I’d love to hear your ideas for un-blocking your inspiration…
Sending love & wishes for you to have an inspired day ~ xo