It’s the easter break for many and you might have some time off. All that spare time to get on with things and to chill out. As someone who is always trying to create something I have a habit of making weekends and holidays as another chance to get painting. Maybe experiment and try something different.
My silly brain sees that as an opportunity to sabotage me. All that time and I’m not sure what to do first. At first I’m excited with a mind full of ideas. Then I start to feel like maybe I've got to many ideas! Overwhelmed my mind goes blank. Then I start to feel a bit guilty that I’m not making enough of this time but simultaneously feel guilty that I should be getting on with chores and proper work.
I think if you are a creative person you need to dedicate time to experiments regularly to prevent your main creative venture becoming boring. Spend an hour or two a week putting your mad scientist coat on and seeing what new things you can discover. But how to achieve this when your brains creativity doesn’t comply with your allotted experimental time. You have to have a secret weapon to counter act it!
One of my weapons takes the form of this fun little activity. I call it ‘stocking the creative larder’. I think this was inspired by the cut up technique used by the surrealist. The basic concept of it is they would cut up a newspaper page and reorganise the words into new stories and poems. This would hopefully inspire them to make new work.
You will need:
-card or paper
-a jar or tin for storage
-your favourite pen for writing
This is a fun activity that doesn’t need to be taken too. seriously. Think of it as bottling up some of your good natured creative spirit for later use. Cut up your paper into little rectangle that will fit in the container you have picked for storage. On these little bits of card I write down all the things I would like to draw eventually. I also write down random objects, animals, people, plants, places and anything else that takes my interest. I also add quotes and the titles of books that inspire or intrigue me. I try to add a balance of things I like and things I wouldn’t normally think of drawing. Some of the words might seem like a challenge to draw or create something using them but the only point you need to remember is this is an experiment!
Then store all your thoughts in its container and store in a safe place for future use. When you go to open it next give it a big shake, close your eyes and pull out a few cards. That is what you are going to draw for the next hour.
In the future you may find yourself in a creative block or have a spell of moods and low energy that locks you out from accessing ideas well in your brain. But now you are prepared with your box of creative juice to get you through the drought!
I’d love to hear how other people solve their creative brain problems. If you have a secret weapon let me hear about it!