|Overcoming Creative Block – All of these beaded wooden necklaces
began with one idea: “wood” And one technique: brainstorming.
Creative Block can be nasty. You’re sitting in front of a blank page/blank canvas/blank beading board with a blank look on your face. Then begins a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach accompanied by self-doubt, then the “I-feel-a-headache-coming-on” feeling followed by a mad dash for potato chips or ice cream or Twitter. Luckily, working through it is easier than it feels like it will be. Like with so many things, the hardest step is the first one, but once you get rolling, the creative rollercoaster will take over!
Just now, I’m working on creating a proliferation of wooden jewelry designs. Here, over the span of a weekend, is what I’ve come up with using my “Make 100 Things” technique. I’ve gotten up to 66 (if I count correctly!) and I’ll admit, they aren’t all winners. But I see at least 20 that I’m going to make right away! The simple act of sitting down and playing with all the wooden beads I have on hand has given me a familiarity with the new materials. I “know” them in a deeper way now and coming up with creative and beautiful ways to combine them will be a lot easier now!