Sometimes you just don’t feel very creative. So this week I’m talking about what I do when I’m feeling super uninspired to get that mojo back.
this week on my youtube channel I made a poem out of an us weekly magazine!
cutting up existing texts is one of my favourite ways to get my creativity flexing, especially when I’m feeling less than artsy.
This week’s youtube video is about a recent excursion I took to Salton Sea with the intention of making a short documentary about the place. Well, I really botched both my shooting & prep! What did I learn from this major fail? Watch the video to find out.
What recent project have you totally forked up?
I’ve been reading the tarot for over a decade. I even run a weekly tarot Instagram (@nobullshittarot). This week on my Youtube channel I’m talking about how I use the tarot to flex my creative muscles.
If you don’t have a tarot deck, not to fear! Looking for interesting images for my livejournal during the beginnings of the internet I used to search random keywords on Google & post the first image that popped up. Here’s a formula to try out for getting your very own random images to jumpstart your creativity this week:
(location) + (colour) + (shape)
Fill in the blanks then go forth & Google image search. Pick the first image that comes up. That’s where you’ll begin.
Here’s what I got for my search: forest + orange + star
What’s happening in this forest? How did we get here? All things to think about as I jotted down some ideas based on this image.
Sometimes all you really need is a place to begin. Get together a collection of your search finds, either in a bookmarks folder, screen shots, or on a Pinterest board. Then you can revisit your inspiration image deck whenever you need a place to start.
This week’s Youtube video is me thinking out loud about beginner’s mind—that Zen Buddhist philosophy of approaching learning with an air of curiosity & openness— & taking 10,000 hours to fail.
To exercise your curiosity muscles, here’s a list of 10 ‘What If’ questions to send your creative projects off in surprising new directions.
What if instead of X medium, this was Y medium? (Instead of text maybe it’s a painting?)
What if the thing is explored from the perspective of an inanimate object?
What if the thing is personified?
What if the thing has two disparate elements happening simultaneously?
What if you make the thing & then cut out one part of it to make a different thing?
What if you make the thing from all angles (go nuts, be a cubist!)
What if you made the thing you’ve been avoiding?
What if your thing made art about YOU?
What if you follow that tangent?
What if you turned the whole thing upside-down?
For episode 2 of my new Youtube channel I wanted to jump right into the thick of it & get started. Watch the video for 3 tips to boost your creativity right now.
Ok, so you’ve gone for a walk, you’ve got your notebook & your hotel pen collection, & you’re ready for that prompt I promised? Get yourself some scissors & some “I suck & I love to fail” spirit cuz here it is:
Cut. It. Up.
Grab an old book, a magazine, some junk mail you’ve been meaning to throw away & get ready to start cutting that stuff up. If you’re into words, hack up text to make your own poem or story, if you wanna go with a picture, create a collage. The only rule? You’ve got to stick to ONE source material.
Yup, that’s the constraint. If you chose an old paperback romance novel that’s all you get to work with. If you chose a People Magazine, that’s your complete materials list. Find ways to deconstruct your source & make something totally new, don’t be afraid to be hella ambitious & try something crazy; maybe your source isn’t paper? Maybe you’re deconstructing some vintage clothes? Maybe you wanna work exclusively with empty soup cans? You’ll notice if you peruse my art page that this prompt is something I like to do myself. It’s a good way to exercise those creative muscles. From blackout poems to paper weaving, fashioning something new from existing material is the theme for the week.
Like the video & subscribe to my channel for weekly creativity power ups! & don’t forget to tweet me @natalieraymond or tag me on Instagram @natalie_raymond with the projects you come up with. I’ll be sharing my own attempts this week on my Instagram stories.