It happens to the best of us. One day you’ll wake up with a project list a mile long and you just doing have the will or gumption to get started. Somewhere along the way you’ve lost your inspiration. So how do you find your inspiration once it’s gone?
If you want to find your inspiration again you simply need to reignite your creativity.
I know that sounds like a bogus answer but for me it’s always been true. Usually I loose my inspiration on rainy weeks when the kids are whiney and it’s easy to be a couch potato. Rather than thinking what can I make, I start to think about when can I take a nap and slowly but surely the inspiration dwindles away.
So what are a few ways to reignite your creativity and give your inspiration a jump start?
1. Try to see things differently – It’s so easy to drive by a park and just think, “oh that’s a lovely park” and keep going without a second thought. Change that up. What is making the park lovely at that moment? Is it the way that the sun is filtering through the trees? Is it the stark white gazebo against the blue sky? Start thinking deeper in depth about the colors / shadows/ shapes and pin point your favorite things. Even if your favorite thing is the brick red rusty fire hydrant sitting in the nicely manicured lawn pick it out and focus on it for a minute. Don’t let interesting things mix into the backdrop just because you have a case of the blahs.
2. Think about how you could recreate things with your own touch – A big part of crafting/ being a maker or artist is the thought process. There’s not always an online tutorial to tell us how to create the look we want to achieve. Once you’re looking at things differently again, take five minutes to plan out in your head how you could recreate one of those elements that you picked out earlier. Take that same brick red rusty fire hydrant, for example. Now that you have a subject, think about how you could recreate the same paint effect at home. What colors would you use, what painting tools, how would you get the texture of the decaying metal to be prominent in your design? Find something that stands out and mentally think about how you could recreate it.
3. Be childlike again – Sadly somewhere along the way to adulthood we loose the ability to be fun, silly, free and imperfect. No one on this earth should be perfect but when we sit down to make something we come down on ourselves if we can’t reach that level of perfection we desire. Every time you belittle your craft, you’re chipping away at your inspirational pool. Take the time to just be free. Swing on a swingset, draw in the sand, don’t be afraid to admit your childhood desire to be a dinosaur when you grew up, doodle freely without a view of perfection. Take the time to just enjoy yourself and your life. It’s hard, especially when there’s bills to be paid and kids to feed but 5 minutes a day will help you get back to a time of pure inspiration and belief that you could be anything at all, your childhood.
4. Just sit down and make stuff. It does not have to be perfect! It doesn’t even have a hopeful end product. Feel free to use your fabric scraps, button collection and glue gun to make something that might not make sense but that you just enjoyed doing. Sit down and just play playdoh with your kids. Make a stop motion video using playdoh, it’s easy and fun. If you’re a writer and you can’t find inspiration for your current project, start writing whatever you want to write… just produce something. Make things. Ignite yourself again.
We were all created to be makers. Sometimes when you’ve lost your inspiration it’s hard to make things or even have the desire to attempt something. But you have to sometimes start back at square one and work your way back up.
Reignite your creativity and you’ll find your inspiration.