Working Around the Inspiration Block

By Theresa Calderini on March 28th, 2013 »

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We’ve all been there (haven’t we?)…..

We step into our studio with the intent of being creative and nothing happens! We try and try to create, to make the next work of art and…..nothing!

Whether you create for a living or, just create to create, running into a “block” can really be frustrating can’t it? I’ve had those days…..often they run in a row and I can’t seem to get beyond them.

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I was talking to a fellow artist one day and this subject came up so I asked the question of her “what do you do on days you are blocked?” She acknowledged having times with little to no inspiration but said she learned a long time ago that even though she is unable to create something new, she doesn’t let it stop her. She went on to tell me that on those days (she described it as having a mountain in front of her that was too steep to climb), she leaves the mountain and walks around it!

Simply put…..work “around” the inspiration block! She instructed me that  the next time this happened, go into my studio, select something I’ve created before and make a change. Add a layer to it, a different embellishment or sentiment, change the color…..do something to change what has already been creative. She promised me that by doing this, eventually, the block would be gone and I would have my creative mojo again!

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Well gosh darn if she wasn’t right!

I took one creation and added an extra layer and additional embellishments and a sentiment. I was beginning to feel some mojo inside of me so I selected a 2nd creation and changed the color! While I was working on these two items, my brain started revving up and before I knew it, I was back in my creative zone!

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Don’t you just love talking to other creative spirits and learning from their experiences? Since she shared this with me, I’m now sharing it with you as I’m sure there are some others out there like me who on occasion, are faced with a mountain and need to find a way around it! Well, here’s your way, I hope it works for you as well as it did for me!

Any other ideas that have worked for you when you can’t seem to get your creative mojo going? Share please!

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3 Responses

  1. Maggie S. says:

    Great tip. Thanks Theresa. I do something similar. I go look for something to CASE and I usually end up with something completely different than what I started with. All your cards are very lovely. I do love those die cuts that you used.

  2. casey says:

    what die did you use for the diamond cut lattice effect? and how did you get two different edges? Love it!

    • THe lattice is a deep edge punch form Martha Stewart called “roller coaster”. To get the two edges (to get them to line up I assume you mean) I used the punch to center the paper each time and punch out from the middle. If you punch one side of the paper, flip it to the other end and insert paper into punch, line up the center of the paper to the center of the punch and punch! The nice thing about the deep edge punches is they have markings on each side making it so simple to begin each piece from the same location! Let me know if this answers your question, if not, I could always put a small video together to show it.

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