Creative Blockages

We all get them at one point or another. Whether we are stuck in a food rut and just can’t seem to think of a new meal to plan, or we are having to write an article or essay and can’t get past that first sentence, or you have the biggest desire to do some art but you don’t know where to start. I get it.

It happens to me a lot, especially with this 100 Mandalas in 100 days thing. Some days I sit to do the mandala and nothing. Nothing is there, complete and utter blank on what to do. It’s frustrating and a little annoying because all I feel like doing is sitting and playing yet nothing comes to me. In fact I had this happen with yesterdays mandala. I didn’t actually feel like even doing a mandala. I’d just had a couple new supplies arrive and I wanted to play with them! So I thought, well, why does it have to always be a traditional mandala? I’m all for stepping outside the box and a little to the right.

So I decided to play! I got out my inks, cause they were calling me. I started with spraying some here and there on my page, then I decided I wanted to drip some and that was lots of fun. Then I decided I wanted to spray over a stencil. That didn’t turn out like I was hoping so I was seriously disappointed in that. Next there was a stamp I was wanting to play with so I stamped it over where the stencil fail was. The stamp was of a lovely face with flowers and sewing things around her. So I went to my acrylics and had fun with those until it was time to completely finish off the mandala. This is what I got…

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I was pretty happy with the end product and I had satisfied my urge to just play and have fun. And sometimes, that is what you need to do. So if you’re in the kitchen bored of the same old, grab something different or new and add it to that old boring dish and see what happens. If you need to write something serious perhaps just put it aside for a moment and write or type something fun that flows from your mind and see what happens, open the channel and let the muse pour through. The same thing goes for art. Sometimes all you have to do is just put a mark on paper. Chose a medium, chose a colour, do a scribble, do some dots, make some marks and just keep going from there. Let it flow and discover where your muse takes you. And if your muse doesn’t take you anywhere you love, well pack it up and get back to it another day or rip it up and use it as some collage for a different project right? Am I right? Yeah I’m right. I’m always right, right? 😉 I absolutely HAD to type right as many times as I could then. Going with the flow y’know. That’s how it’s done and it’s fun. Oh dear now I have the little poet coming out so I should probably stop my rabbling now.

I just wanted to share that yeah, I get creative block. We all do. It’s part of the ebb and flow of life. I wanted to tell you what I generally do to get past it. I just start. 🙂 So go start something and see where it takes you. Follow those nudges and inklings you keep getting. You’re getting them for a reason. That is your soul calling you to do what you came here to do. Don’t deny it because you feel guilty or you have more mundane things to do. Give yourself permission to follow your souls call once in awhile. You never know where it might take you or what you might end up doing. If nothing else, you will have some light frivolity for awhile and let’s face it, some regular fun is needed when we live in such a serious world all the time.

In Joy!

What do you think?