If you are one of those bold, artistic souls or an amateur crafter, you probably live and breathe to create something out of nothing. If so, then your wheels are constantly turning night and day to find something new to create. You look at a pine tree and wonder what kind of wreath you can make from the branches. Or, you see a pack of beads hanging on the rack in the craft aisle and immediately envision a sparkly necklace or a pair of earrings that you could design. If you see a blank canvas, it is only a matter of time before you have painted a beautiful sunset in your mind.However, one of the most dreaded enemies of the creative mind is running out of ideas.
It could come from:
- Being too busy
- Family issues
- Being over-worked
- Being burnt out
Sooner or later, your mind needs a rest and a version of “writer’s block” interferes with creativity. This can be very frustrating when the ideas just don’t come for awhile. If this happens to you, never fear! Here are several neat places that can inspire and ignite your creativity once again.
One of the best places to spark your imagination is being in the midst of nature. First of all, being outdoors in the fresh air can clear your mind. If you look around, you can see blooming flowers, colorful birds, or rivers, streams, and oceans that can contribute to stirring creativity. It is also a wonderful place to find free craft supplies such as leaves, sticks, shells, feathers, etc.
BOOKS AND MAGAZINES
Have you ever been sitting in the doctor’s office waiting for an appointment and see a great craft idea in a magazine that you’re reading? Books on crafts and articles in magazines may help to get you excited about another project.
ONLINE CRAFT IDEAS
The internet is an unlimited source of more craft ideas than anyone could ever imagine. Design blogs and sites such as Pinterest, YouTube, Etsy, and Tumblr all have a community of creative geniuses with ideas that can get the creative juices flowing again.
LOCAL ARTS AND CRAFTS EXHIBITIONS
Christmas shows and craft fairs offer a valuable resource for inspiration from crafts created by others. The holidays inspire creativity and new ideas can be found just by looking at neighborhood houses!
CLASSES OFFERED AT ARTS AND CRAFT STORES
Have you thought about furthering your arts education by attending a class at one of the local arts and crafts stores? Some crafting stores even offer a “cafeteria style” concept where you choose items from bins as you move through the store which may ignite spontaneous creativity. Craft stores have year round and special seasonal classes in all types of crafts such as:
- Cake decorating
- Paper crafting
- Christmas ornaments
- Jewelry making
Fabric stores offer crafting classes in:
- Crochet projects
- Cross stitch
Art and pottery stores help crafters indulge in the following crafts:
- Tile art
One of the many perks of taking a class at one of these places is that they may extend a discount on art supplies. Classes are available for children as well as adults.
MOVIES, PLAYS, CONCERTS
Even though movies, plays, and musical concerts are technically on the opposite end of the spectrum of creativity than crafting, these art forms are very capable of reviving creativity. Costuming, makeup, lighting, stage design, or scenery and props send the mind into an imaginary world that can overflow into the everyday world of the crafter.
If you are a parent, babysitter, caregiver, amateur crafter, or even a teacher, if you ever find yourself in a creative standstill, remember to use the world around you for inspiration. Ideas can strike when you least expect it from the most unlikely places anytime or anywhere!
This guest post contribution was made by The Ribbon Retreat, a crafting site with a focus on a wide selection of ribbon including sequin ribbon and elastic ribbon, as well as general crafting items you might want for your next project.