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TheBlueBetween
03-31-2004, 06:42 PM
I posted in the studio/workshop thread that ever since I cleaned my studio I couldn't get around to making anything - no creative juices or just in a funk or maybe my space was too clean ;) Or something.

Jen and Barbara posted some great advice and I thought it would be good to have a thread just for ideas for getting creative. If they don't copy and paste their posts, I'll try to figure out how to quote them or link to those posts here.

If anyone else has some good tips for getting or keeping creative, please post them too!

Thanks,
Pam

glitterbead
03-31-2004, 06:49 PM
These are my favorite sites for visual & color inspiration:

http://www.mackenzie-childs.com/2003/

http://www.lillypulitzer.com/index1.asp

TheBlueBetween
03-31-2004, 06:57 PM
Thanks Lee - those are very colorful and inspiring sites!

Here is one of my creative sites I hit up once in awhile:

http://www.creativity-portal.com/

And a few more for color and inspiration:
http://www.quiltingarts.com/level_2/community.html

http://www.art-by-olga.com

http://www.zoo.org/

http://www.art.com/

http://www.enature.com/birding/garden_birds.asp

DonnaBee
03-31-2004, 07:07 PM
You *cleaned* your studio??? Well Pam, now what did you expect, after all? You gotta mess it up. It's the only way out... Hurry! (Cleaned her studio... :rolleyes: )


heh!. I can never make anything after the cleaning/organizing part of the cycle.... myself.. I know exactly what you are talking about! :D

Whew, and I was just getting the urge to do a cleanup. I am considering this post from you a warning. NOt to! :) :cool:

beclectic
03-31-2004, 07:08 PM
I am reposting this from the Workshop thread that Pam mentioned.
Some ideas of how to get inspired.

Make something inspired by the Leafy Sea Dragon (http://www.divegallery.com/Leafy_Sea_Dragon.htm), it's given me several cool ideas that I haven't explored yet. Thanks again for the link BTW, I put a picture of it on my computer desktop.

Look through Better Holmes and Gardens magazine for spring color combos and beautiful plants to help inspire you.

Think about your favorite thing when you were as small as you can remember. Think about how you felt about it.

Just relax, read a good book.

Remake something that just wasn't quit right to keep your hand in but not have to push the envelope.

Admire your bead stash. That's at least a 1/4 of the reason for having a bead stash. Take them out, handle them. Look at them with light going through them if they are transparent or translucent. Do the same with any cabachons or other stones you have.

Meditate.

Hope this helps. :D

TheBlueBetween
03-31-2004, 07:09 PM
Here are those posts in the studio thread - figured out how to link to them:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showpost.php?p=2179027&postcount=29

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showpost.php?p=2180246&postcount=35

TheBlueBetween
03-31-2004, 07:10 PM
You *cleaned* your studio??? Well Pam, now what did you expect, after all? You gotta mess it up. It's the only way out... Hurry! (Cleaned her studio... :rolleyes: )


heh!. I can never make anything after the cleaning/organizing part of the cycle.... myself.. I know exactly what you are talking about! :D

Whew, and I was just getting the urge to do a cleanup. I am considering this post from you a warning. NOt to! :) :cool:

Oh you think that's it then? I thought once I got it all cleaned and could see my space and beads I'd be much better off! Well WHAT was I thinking then?

DonnaBee
03-31-2004, 07:17 PM
:D It also will happen if you move your work area. If you make an improvement, move to a better space, anything of that nature. The creative slump is guaranteed to follow! (It doesn't last. :) ) lol, this is how it has been for me anyway!

beclectic
03-31-2004, 07:17 PM
Here are those posts in the studio thread - figured out how to link to them:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showpost.php?p=2179027&postcount=29

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showpost.php?p=2180246&postcount=35

I've been trying to figure out how to do that for days. Thank you, thank you.

TheBlueBetween
03-31-2004, 07:22 PM
I've been trying to figure out how to do that for days. Thank you, thank you.

Ha! we posted at the same time :) It's that number at the top right of each post...

TheBlueBetween
03-31-2004, 07:25 PM
:D It also will happen if you move your work area. If you make an improvement, move to a better space, anything of that nature. The creative slump is guaranteed to follow! (It doesn't last. :) ) lol, this is how it has been for me anyway!

Well, I've messed up my space now so maybe I'll be good to go for awhile. Though I've been looking at some feng shui books and have to say there is lots of room for improvement.... Lots. But it did say baby steps - too many changes too soon and I was inviting trouble - maybe that's along the same lines as what happened when I cleaned my studios?

TheBlueBetween
03-31-2004, 07:40 PM
And just in case someone comes to this thread looking for help and not to read my studio cleaning saga... here are some of the things that usually help me, though not this time:

getting out of the house - going to the zoo, a walk in the woods or the arboretum, museum, aquarium, kayaking, just going for a drive... anything to put new images in my head - and closer to the things that usually inspire me - nature, color, texture.

writing in my journal

reading a mindless book, looking through magazines and catalogs…

surfing the internet looking for colorful art, quilts, nature photos…

shopping for new beads or browsing the isles at the craft stores or looking at fabrics at the fabric stores…

limiting myself to a simple palette or technique – like just a couple of colors when making glass beads, or doing something repetitive like making a peyote tube for hours and hours – pretty soon I’ll be dying to do something more creative and colorful.

Cleaning the house or getting some items checked off my to-do list –this seems to give myself “permission” to go play and be creative – as long as I haven’t tired myself out in the process.

DonnaBee
04-01-2004, 10:34 PM
Seeing a good movie, that is a good one for me.

(I just watched "Second Hand Lions".) It was interesting!

TheBlueBetween
04-01-2004, 10:51 PM
ah, a good movie... it's been years. I've rented Pirate of the Caribean 3 times now - and not been able to watch it once. I could have purchased it at this rate. You all know I have a 3 year old by this time - but you didn't know he's a poor sleeper. By the time I get him to sleep most nights I'm done for myself. Especially since it's only going to be a few hours before he's waking me up again and it starts all over.

Tomorrow I am heading over to a girlfriend's house and we are going to go out to dinner and then watch the last of the last season of Sex & the City that is on video. We are a year behind, but enjoying it no less so than if we were watching it on HBO.

Girl's nights out are good for creativity too :) I swear it ;)

jacy
04-01-2004, 10:53 PM
This is a bit OT, but I'll find something...

My son's teacher recommended that movie and we just rented it last weekend. We really enjoyed it. The kids watched it about six times, so that tells you what they thought of it. :D The other one we rented was Brother Where Art Thou. Funny, wacky stuff!

His teacher also recommended Blast from the Past. Apparently it's about a family in the '50s that hears a plane crash, mistakes it for a nuclear explosion and hightails it for their bomb shelter, where the remain for the next couple decades. Their son comes out not knowing anything about life on Earth and the rest of the movie is about how he fares.

It's so hard to find decent movies we can watch together; my kids are 12, 10 and 7.

Now, hmmmm, oh yes... has anyone's jewelry ever been worn in a movie or on TV? ;)

DonnaBee
04-01-2004, 11:19 PM
Blast from the Past I heard about this somewhere else recently! Will have to watch.

My 11 and 5 yr old boys were glued to Second Hand Lions. It's pretty rare to find a movie they will watch. They were very intrigued by it. I pretty much laughed my head off during the first half, and then put more thinking into the second half. It was different!

O Brother Where Art Thou.... What a funny movie. My boys have seen it, and they love the music, we had the CD and sang it for months, Karoake too! It was a good movie to watch with my boys, but there were a couple brief (but pretty violent) scenes. I wish they could have just left out the part John Goodman squished the frog in his fist, and the part where George Nelson shot the cows with the machine gun. Yuk. Other than that, it's one of my favorite movies of all time! :)