• be more curious ... ask questions. Be open to new ideas, people and places. Try to look at things from a different angle.
  • don't be afraid ... even the most innovative artists let themselves be inspired by what already exists. Let go of the fear that your work may be derivative but rather see it as being inspired by what you see and hear. Build on it and make it your own.
  • change your routine ... if you start to feel like you're in a rut, change your routine. Even small changes like trying a new kind of coffee can open your eyes up in a new way.
  • give yourself quiet time ... you need to allow yourself time to absorb all the things you've seen and heard. Stepping away from social media and the internet also makes you less prone to comparison and self-criticism.
  • try something new ... try a new art or craft. Work in a different medium or combine materials that you normally wouldn't.
  • you are good enough ... everyone makes mistakes and everyone has off days. Remind yourself that your creative life is a journey, with learning opportunities along the way.
  • move ... physical movement stimulates the mind. Do your favourite form of exercise and the ideas will come rolling in.

from here: http://apairandasparediy.com/2016/04/how-to-be-more-creative-everyday.html

  • take breaks ... research shows that the best ideas come when you stop concentrating on the task at hand -- when you're in the shower, taking a walk, or even drunk. Take a nap.
  • leave your comfort zone ... get out of the house and see something different. Go to an art exhibition you wouldn't normally go to, or a part of the city you haven't been before. Find out about different cultures.
  • do your own thing ... don't try to emulate what others do. Find your own way of working.
  • work on multiple projects ... shifting from one project to another can stimulate you and prevent you from becoming stagnant.

from here: http://lifehacker.com/how-youre-sabotaging-your-creativity-every-day-1696610464

  • make a plan ... when you're feeling less creative and more logical, focus on things that will benefit from that mindset. Make plans and write lists of what you would like to do in future.
  • set wierd rules ... setting yourself a wierd, arbitrary rule can actually stimulate your creativity as you try to think of a way to adhere to it. Make up rewards for both succeeding and failing.
  • don't worry about being original ... all artists are inspired by other artists; no art is made in a vacuum. Allow yourself to admire your favourite artists and borrow things from them.
  • take some time off ... let yourself rest and spend time being inspired and taking in the things around you.
  • be sneaky ... if you write, start your piece in an email draft or on a sticky note. Fool your brain into thinking you're not doing something 'important' and it will be easier to get the words out.

from here: http://lifehacker.com/5792708/top-10-ways-to-get-your-creative-juices-flowing

apr 23 2016 ∞
may 17 2016 +