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Projects for Working through a Creative Block

Creative blocks don't have to last forever and these projects might just do the trick. We will be looking at projects and activities that you can try. These projects focus on freeform creativity. The focus is on letting go of expectations and rules about how we are “supposed” to create. You don't need to purchase any special tools or supplies. Use what you have on hand.

Doodle Page

Grab your favorite marking tool and some paper. Pick an object or something that you would like to draw. If you like to garden, try sitting outside next to your favorite flowers and start to draw. Here’s the catch: try to complete the doodle without lifting your pencil. This exercise is important because it forces you to get your hand moving and let go of perfectionism.

Paint Pouring

Paint pouring is a wonderful project to focus on letting go. Paint is filled into a cup or other vessel and poured onto a canvas or wood. This is a good way to see the beautiful, abstract patterns and colors that form. 

Smash Journal

Grab a sketchbook or college ruled notebook. If you want to get crazy with paints, then a sketchbook with thicker paper would be better. Your journal doesn't have to be perfect, in fact it is very much the opposite. This is a messy collage process. Splash paint ink and pain all over the pages. Rip and tear the pages. Sew or tape them back together. Decoupage papers, magazines, fabric, photos, and newspapers across your journal. 

Below is a list of activities that you can do to work through a creative block. They focus on stepping outside of your creative space. 

  • Go for a walk

  • Go to a museum

  • Visit a craft fair

  • Do something out of your comfort zone

  • Practice self care

  • Read a book

  • Journal

  • Visit Family

  • Call friends

  • Go out for lunch

All creatives find themselves in a creative block. There is hope when experiencing a creative block. No matter your creative medium, don't be discouraged if you find yourself in this situation. Try some of the above ideas. When you are ready to step back into the craft room, you will feel refreshed and ready to tackle your creative projects.

June 27, 2022 — Tamra Merrill

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