I think making art is like a roller coaster ride. I have great ups and downs.
Here are 3 three ways to get yourself out of an art slump.
- Call an art friend and tell her you are in a funk.
- Sometimes is helps to just get the words out of you.
- I think it releases the burden and opens you up to moving on.
- Pick the right friend.
- If you just want to be heard and validated, don’t call someone who always tries to fix your or one ups you with trouble.
- Then play with art materials for 20 minutes.
- See what happens.
- Do a 10 sheet challenge.
- This gets you making stuff fast.
- Get 10 pieces of paper.
- Any kind of paper will do. It might depend on your medium, paint, ink, wax, thread whatever you usually working.
- Gather just 3 or 4 tools and start printing, playing, painting, collaging, sewing, again whatever you do.
- Make marks on all 10 pieces at once.
- Move back and forth between the pieces.
- NO JUDGMENT – just doing.
- Claim as much time as you can for this challenge.
- Tack up you pieces – walk away.
- Later come back and admire.
- If you feel better = success.
- If you have 1 or 2 that you like = success.
- Try something new. This one is fun! But know yourself. Are you always buys new tools and never using them?
- If yes to the new tools – then use one.
- Test out and play with a tool that you bought but have not tried.
- Get an art book from the library and do one of the exercises
- Maybe look for a class or workshop that you could take right away
- The key is to pick something new and jump in and do it for fun!
- TRY screen printing – Here are some simple tips and a free tutorial to get you started with simple screen printing. I bet you have most of the tools already.
from Linda Germain http://www.lindagermain.com/2017/08/3-ways-out-art-slump/