watercolor palette with water cup and brushes

Creative Block OR Lists & Snacks

If I’m truly blocked, I write down what’s stopping me on a list I have hanging in my studio called “LEARN.” It’s almost always an issue of needing to spend time with a technical skill, rather than a lack of inspiration.

Other remedies for block:

  • Ongoing lists of ideas for projects.
  • Switching materials to something I rarely use—collage is a great way to shake things up.
  • Paint something I’ve already made in a different medium.
  • Have a snack—a lot of  my frustration can usually be attributed to hunger.
  • I have a special sketchbook that is designated for play and only for testing things out, or trying different styles, and it’s cheap mixed media paper that doesn’t feel limiting by being too precious. 
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