I can’t deny it anymore: my creative well is not empty but inspiration has not been my best friend lately…
I guess we all experience the «creative funk» once in a while. I want to create but nothing comes as I want it to. Or I simply stare at my surface and don’t know anymore what to do.
Being an intuitive artist, my sketches never end up as they are once I decide to make a painting out of it. Planning a painting is really not my thing (it used to, though, when I started my mixed media journey in 2008). Do you, too, sometimes wish that your process is different than what it is ? I surely do, and sometimes try to change it up. Sometimes it works, but most of my attempts finish as big failure. I can’t help but go with the flow once I start.
So what do I do ? I stop comparing my path with my fellow artist friends’. I decided to take the advice «change up the medium you use and see what happens» and started a clay figurine (thanks to Mystele’s lesson in our Soul Food Class) that I still have to finish. I play more in my art journal. I stop having expectations about what I should and should not create. It’s okay to use art to process negative feelings, it does not have to be colorful and bubbly all the time. I create projects following classes I love (I highly recommend Mindy Lacefield’s and Micki Wilde’s)
I decided to tackle my fear and I am starting again a project I had almost finished last year. But… it did not feel right so I am starting over, which feels amazing. And it changes my process a bit as I start each painting with an intention in mind, a theme, and then I surrender to whatever decides to come on the canvas.
I sketch. I practice my faces a lot lot lot. I am finally at a place where I am comfortable with how I do them and what they convey. This was part of my biggest struggle last year.
Right now, I won’t lie to you, I am torn. I know I have to continue painting and exploring and sharing. I just can’t stop. I am not a quitter. I don’t know which way to go in my creative career. I wanna touch more people. My shop is not doing well.
Here are a few lessons learned from periods of creative funk:
- When something is not working, shift your focus onto something else
- Creativity has many many faces
- It’s okay to have a change in the dreams I want to work on.
- Marketing can be heartful and spiritual. I have to figure it out. And make it work for me.
- Create something everyday, it does not have to be a finished piece. Keep your hands moving.
- Beating myself up does no good.
- Looking for inspiration can result in an inspiration overload, so be careful with that.
What do you do when you feel like nothing you create is good and inspiration seems to have gone on vacay without you ? Would love to know how you deal with it :)
This year again, I am doing Project Life as my main way for our family memory keeping (I will share in the future why).
This time around, I am taking what I've learned in the past couple years (well, I've been actively doing it last year only and still have to play catch up to wrap 2013 but that's okay).
I can’t stick to only one kit for example, this is just who I am. Even though I am looking at a cohesive look throughout the album, I still want this freedom of using whatever I feel like using. I love making my own cards, whether I make them as journaling cards (I can trace lines, as I am not really good at writing straight) or as filler cards (you know, when you need something to fill that spot on your page but don’t have anymore thing to say or a photo to put there).
Using my Gelli Plate make it 1)fun 2)easy 3)quick. Then, I use my Big Shot machine with the metal dies I got from The Crafter’s Workshop to cut them easily at the right 4x6” or 3x4” (Becky Higgins is coming up with her own set of dies, which will include these two kinds as well).
So I decided to make a little video (well actually, I may have one more coming next week, where I’ll show you how I made my spreads with it):
Are you a «Project Lifer» ? For how long ? Would it be something you’d consider doing ?
Share away ;)
Hey you !
Today, you can find me over Lindy Stamp Gang’s blog for my monthly project.
To start this year off right, we are trying to find ways
Here is my process on video (remember to turn the HD on for a better experience :)):
I hope you enjoyed (don’t be shy, tell me what you think in the comments below) !
Here is the list of the products you see me use in the video (click to be taken to the info page in the shop):
You know I am an art supply junkie. Just earlier this week, I was playing in the Studio with my two daughters on a big canvas, and then Koala turned around, and said «Mom, you really have a looooooot of things in here !» (pointing to the entire room). To which her sister answered «It is not that much, this is a creative space. So it’s meant to be filled with supplies… and stuff». Ahah !
I can’t help it… I love new babies to explore with. (secret confession: I am trying to sort everything and put aside what I know I won’t use at all. and… I need *really need* to use all the papers and paints and other things I already have before buying anything else. Not sure I can’t do it though).
So for the first episode of this series in which I share with you the products I currently use over and over, here are they:
1) NeoPastels | Oil pastels from Caran D’Ache
You may know I love the Neocolor II-s which are watersoluble crayons. Amazing. I really wanted to try their oil pastels (my favorite until now where the Senellier ones, which I still really enjoy don’t worry). These pastels are soft and oh so vibrant ! The pigmentation is simply out of this world. I use them for mark making and for shading.
--> (Click to see the NeoPastels on Blick's site)
2) Matte acrylic paints | Dick Blick
I love my Golden fluid acrylics, but they are glossy and sometimes this is not I want (and using in my art journal, it tends to make my pages stick together, which sucks big time). Plus, Blick came with amazing colors. Another very positive thing is their low price point: $1.99 for a 2oz jar.
I even discover color I would have never thought I would appreciate using (over and over). Right now, my new favorites are: orange light, aqua, beige (I use it on my Nixies’ face a lot) and blue light.
--> (Click here to go to Blick's page for these paints)
3) Embossing powders | Lindy Stamp Gang
Lindy Stamp Gang is amazing at creating unique two-tone products. The embossing powders do not disappoint. The colors are vibrant (some are softer and more translucent though). And the combo of pigments and shimmer is just gorgeous.
I love using them with stencils in my backgrounds. They add this different touch that I simply can't do without right now. I use them on everything.
--> (Check the Embossing Powders on Lindy's website)
4) Super Heavy Gesso | Liquitex
You probably know by now that texture is a huge part of my creative process. This is what makes me utterly happy and the place I go for when I feel stuck.
This specific gesso holds very well, I use it on its own or through stencils (wash them thoroughly afterwards). It is titanium white and can be tinted (but it will affect the color and make it more pastely)
--> (Check it on Dick Blick)
What supply are you currently using the most ?
I use to focus on one painting at a time, and could not even consider creating several pieces at the same time. Now… it’s the contrary. Funny how our creative process evolves with time.
I love changing up the surfaces I am working on, it helps me to keep boredom out of my Studio door.
This month, there are so many things I want to do and achieve. I want to finally try getting my book on wheels and work on it, I don’t think I can do NaNoWriMo really but want to give it a try. But I want to create more, as well. I don’t know why EVERYONE chooses the month of November for daily challenges though.
I will try to create, even if it is just sketching, every single day of November. It means going out of my usual routine, and do something also on the weekend.
So… a lot of work ahead. But I will keep it fun. I will paint for my 2014 calendar (woohoo) for example. It’s soooo excited !
I grabbed three sheets of watercolor paper, and started to get my happy on: took some scrapbooking papers, scraps of tissue papers and more, and started glueing them down.
I love playing with our embossing powders at Lindy Stamp Gang, and recently bought the Emboss It dabber at my lcal scrapbook store so I can use more of them with stencils and finding ways to play with them. I could not let the stencil and Starburst Sprays away… as if I needed to tell you ;)