The more stress you have about needing to be creative, the more blocked you may feel. Break the cycle and get back your creative juice.
1. Look at the masters. Walk a museum, page through a large luscious art book. Or visit a bookstore or library and check out their collection. Perhaps your inspiration for a new line of pottery will be inspired by looking at historical artifacts.
2. Meet with other artists. Bounce your ideas off other creative people. Get feedback from them and have a brainstorming session. An art community provides a network and support system that every artist can use. Get out of your own head and open yourself up to suggestion.
3. Get visual online. Check out StumbleUpon – Stumbling will take you to random sites, selecting them from topics you prefer, so if art or craft is your thing, you will be exposed to a large variety of creative projects, many of which will be unexpected. Likewise, Pinterest is a visual feast. Take a look at Pinterest boards other people have created, and bask in all that imagery.
4. Take a walk in nature. Artists have been taking inspiration from the perfect balance of nature for millennia. Soak it all in. Enjoy the quiet and peacefulness of relaxing in the natural world. Give yourself that break on a regular basis to recharge your batteries.
5. Get physical. Go for a run or hit the gym. Exercise clears your head and gets your blood circulating, plus it’s a total distraction from dwelling on being creatively stuck. Sometimes just moving can break the feeling of being creatively numb, and revive your imagination. Then, take a shower, which is where many people do their best thinking!
6. Observe. Take your camera or your sketchbook with you. Got an idea or see something interesting? Snap a photo, or write down your ideas. Sketch for fun, without requiring results, and let your imagination go.
A great read for any artist is Art and Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland. It deals with the many stumbling blocks that artists face, and provides some excellent insights.