Embrace the Creative Flow: 8 Tips to Break Through Artist's Block

Embrace the Creative Flow: 8 Tips to Break Through Artist's Block

Hey there fellow creators! Have you ever found yourself during an artistic funk, feeling like your creative spark got lost in the shuffle of life's chaos? Trust me, we have all there. Whether you are swamped with work deadlines, battling illness, or simply feeling uninspired, getting stuck in your art process can happen to the best of us. But fear not, because I have some tips to help you shake off that artistic rut and get back into your groove! 

Busy at Work: Balancing a demanding job with your passion for art can sometimes feel like a juggling act. When work consumes your time and energy, it is easy for your artistic pursuits to take a back seat. But remember, carving out even just a few minutes each day to create can make a world of difference. Whether it is during your lunch break or before bed, find pockets of time to nurture your creativity. 

Illness or Health Challenges: Dealing with illness or health issues can put a serious damper on your artistic endeavors. Whether it is physical ailments or mental health struggles, prioritizing self-care is essential. Do not be too hard on yourself if your productivity takes a hit during these times. Focus on rest, recovery, and finding small ways to engage in art therapy, even if it is just doodling in a sketchbook from your bedside. 

Creative Burnout: Sometimes, pushing yourself too hard can lead to creative burnout. When you are feeling mentally drained and uninspired, forcing yourself to create can want to pull teeth. Instead, give yourself permission to take a step back and recharge. Engage in activities that fuel your soul, whether it is reading a book, watching a movie, or spending time with loved ones. Trust me, inspiration will find its way back to you when you least expect it. 

Personal Challenges: Life has a funny way of throwing curveballs when we least expect it. Whether you are navigating relationship woes, financial stress, or other personal challenges, it is okay to acknowledge that your art may take a temporary backseat. Remember to be kind to yourself during these times and lean on your support system for encouragement. 

Now that we have explored some common roadblocks to the creative process, let us dive into some strategies to reignite that artistic fire! 

Remember, creativity knows no bounds, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution to breaking through artist's block. Find what works best for you, and do not be afraid to mix and match these strategies to suit your unique needs. So, let us roll up our sleeves, dust off those paintbrushes, and dive back into the wonderful world of art together! 

My Top 8 Tips to get back on track. 

Experiment with New Mediums: Sometimes, all it takes to reignite your passion is trying something completely different. Whether it is watercolors, sculpting, digital art, or even mixed media, stepping out of your comfort zone can spark fresh ideas and perspectives. 



 Suggestions list:

oil pastels



Watercolour pencils 

wax crayons

water soluble crayons

acrylic paint

acrylic markers 


Revisit Old Artwork: Take a trip down memory lane by revisiting some of your past creations. Recreate an old piece with a new twist or use it as inspiration to explore different techniques and styles. You might be surprised at how much you have grown as an artist since then! 

Nature Walks: When you are feeling stuck, a change of scenery can work wonders. Take a stroll in nature, soak in the sights and sounds, and let your mind wander. Nature has a way of inspiring creativity and providing clarity when we need it most. 

Study Your Favorite Artists: Dive into the works of your favorite artists and dissect what makes their art resonate with you. Is it their use of color, composition, or storytelling? Incorporate elements that speak to you into your own style, adding your unique twist along the way. I find Pinterest helpful for looking up artists. 

Start Small, No Pressure: Forget about perfection and just let your creativity flow. Start with small sketches or quick studies without worrying about the result. Embrace the process of creation without any expectations, and you might be surprised by what emerges. In my collaborative book The Creative Life Book, REflections on Living a Fully Expressed Life, I write about the benefits of Open Ended Art Art. When you are stuck it is one of the most helpful practices I have found. It be playful with your art practice without end goals and pressure to finish artworks. 


Learn from Carol Marine: Take a page out of Carol Marine's book, quite literally! Author of "Daily Painting," Carol advocates for the power of consistent practice and embracing imperfection. Her approach can be a meaningful change for artists looking to break through creative blocks. 

Organize Your Space: A cluttered workspace can clutter the mind. Take some time to tidy up your art supplies and create an environment that fosters creativity. Having a clean and organized space can help clear your mind and set the stage for inspired work. 

Start an Art Journal or Sketchbook: Document your thoughts, ideas, and doodles in a dedicated art journal or sketchbook. It is a wonderful way to explore new concepts, work through challenges, and track your artistic journey over time. 

Remember, creativity is a journey, not a destination. Embrace the difficulties, and trust in your ability to push through even the toughest of blocks. So, grab your brushes, pencils, or whatever medium speaks to you, and let us dive back into the wonderful world of art together! 

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