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What do you do when you're in a creative rut?

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pillowhead designs says:

I've been trying to decide what to make for my shop. I thought I would do some burp cloths with embroidery, but then the cost would be higher than your average burp cloths on Etsy because of the time cost of hand-embroidery. I don't know...I'm just feeling a little tired/bored of everything I make. Does anyone have any suggestions for me? Hee hee. :) How do you get inspired?
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ℳunieca says:

hahaha, I feel like you. Today I began in Etsy, but my ideas.... I need ideas. I was trying with fabric and seams but I don't know..
I think that I don't have to let do what better I do. In my case it is the work with paper and illustrations.
It is necessary to return to see what you did a long time ago.

:)
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maile&justin says:

This is my favorite blog for opening up my creativity: www.kerismith.com/blog/index.html

A few of her ideas: "1. Go for a walk. Draw or list things you find on the the sidewalk. 2. Write a letter to yourself in the future. 3. Buy something inexpensive as a symbol for your need to create, (new pen, a tea cup, journal). Use it everyday. 4. Draw your dinner. 5. Find a piece of poetry you respond to. Rewrite it and glue it into your journal. 6. Glue an envelope into your journal. For one week collect items you find on the street..."
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Esma Studios says:

wow, thanks, maile - I've been feeling like I'm in a bit of a rut and suffering from "writer's block" so to speak, as well. That's a great list of ideas!!
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hojpoj says:

I don't know where I read it, sorry, but this has worked great for me:

Anytime you are in a creative rut, just DO something in your art . Pick up a brush, pen (needle, bead) and use it. Soon, you'll be creating without even realizing it. Don't think, DO. Turn OFF your brain, let your hands do the work.

So, for me - I go out, grab some scrap glass and make a little impromptu panel. Or I grab a sketchbook and doodle while watching TV. Inevitably, an idea forms. Even if what I make is crap, something will trigger an idea.

There's my 2 cents :D
But of course, I have to constantly remind myself to do this too.
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Girly Girl Bags says:

I try to do something totally not related to my craft, I walk my dog or take a bike ride otherwise I get frustrated. Of course lately taking a nap has been the answer to anything and everything lately.. HAHA
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tinarice says:

girly girl, i take a break too.

but, if my break lasts too long, i just do ANYTHING related to my art and sooner or later, i'm back on track. i've experienced pretty long ruts, though. it sucks.
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bugsandfishes by lupin says:

I do the housework I've long neglected during my peak creative periods! :)
Seriously though I do find this quite helpful cos when I'm doing fairly mindless things like ironing etc it gives my mind plenty of time to think up new ideas.
Lupin x
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garden bum [deleted] says:

Being in a creative rut comes with the 'job'. I don't let those times worry me because I know that they will pass on their own, when they're ready.
There are times when I have so many ideas in my head and so many projects started and then there are the times when I don't go into my studio for days at a time.
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Ms. Pants says:

Creative ruts suck. I tend to go to the art supply store when I'm in them and wander. Generally, I can figure out something new I want to try when I'm in there. Or I'll pick up a brush and splatter paint on a canvas and then go from there. If I hate it, I can always paint over it.

Ohh! Another thing I do: I go through the swaps on Swap Bot and see if there are any I can join that will force me to create.
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maile&justin says:

Angela, you've inspired me to create a challenge for anyone in a creative rut.

I've posted it here.

If you're anything like me, this will push you out of your rut enough to get all kinds of creative juices flowing. Hope it helps!
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lis_glass says:

I find something really really boring to do that I've been putting off forever. It usually only takes a few minutes to get inspired to procrastinate some more. :)
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pillowhead designs says:

Thanks for all the suggestions. That Keri Smith blog link is fantastic, maile, and so is your challenge. :) I'll have to find someone to do it on. :)
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yummygoods says:

Sometimes i get into a rut and i think its that i have no ideas or inspiration, but really it is because i have TOO MANY ideas ! Having a wealth of supplies - although it's awesome, don't get me wrong- it can be overwhelming and i'll fret over choosing just the right things to work with. Paralysis sets in!

When that happens one thing that works is to actually limit myself limiting my choices of supplies.
For example, if I am in a rut with painting, instead of looking at all of my colors and trying to figure out what to use, I'll randomly pick 3 or four and just force myself to work only with those. Sometimes I end up using colors I wouldn't normally use and this invigorates and refreshes my style! Even if i don't end up liking the finished product, at least I am staying in the habit of making stuff- and i have come to believe that just staying in the habit is half the battle!

I will sometimes do the same thing with jewelry- pick one bead and work around that. It kind of forces creativity.
This could be applied to anything!
The other trick i use is to pick someone I love and make something especially for them. That way I really put my heart into it , the person gets a special something, and usually the positive feedback from the recipient helps to get me to make more stuff!
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tofu nutloaf says:

Taking a break or switching mediums usually works for me. Sometimes it's a sign that I really need to do something else.
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Catherine Marissa says:

When I'm in a rut, I always take a break and take the pressure off. I either do something to relax (bike ride, hot shower, walk) or do something creative that is not business related. A lot of times (if I have the time to do this), I just tell myself no making jewelry for a few days - don't even go near my studio. Other times, cleaning the studio up will get me inspired.

-Catherine
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Fantasmagoric says:

I usually have too many ideas...

I spend more time deciding what idea is good than actually carrying an idea through..

Terrible..
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souvenirs du passé récent says:

i put all my beads and supplies before me on the table, and just start puzzling with them untill i feel the puzzle is complete.
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