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  • Does anyone have a suggestion to get your creative juices going?

    For years I have had good ideas for craft projects, but then when I sit down to make them, they come out nothing like I planned. I feel discouraged, but I know I should just keep going. I know that sometimes it takes a certain creative exercise to get a person's creative side going. In a story I read online, a woman admitted that while she called herself a crafter, her stuff was never as good as she wanted it. Finally, just as she was going to give up, she agreed to make a collage with her friends. Her creativity blossomed. It was as if this simple cutting and pasting opened her creative side and she was able to make better work. divinecaroline.com/article/22328/26442

    Does anyone have a suggestion for a project that might help me to find my creative side?

    Thank you.

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    Ooh gosh, where do you begin? I think a lot is just trial and error. I've done glass painting, gold foiling, papier machéing, mosaics, card making, stencilling and never really got anywhere.

    I decided to have a go at making jewellery after seeing a demonstration on PMC (Precious Metal Clay). Now, after a couple of years I am now confident that I can make and sell jewellery, although I don't make much PMC now.

    I have also made and sold nearly 50 fleece cosytoes so I really don't know which one to concentrate on. The Little Snugglers are mainly a winter product so I am hoping to do jewellery for the summer and therefore keep both of them going.

    Write a list of what you CAN do, what you WANT to do, and most important what do you think you can SELL. I know most crafters start making things then need a bigger house because it's full of stock and can't get rid of it.

    I hope this get's your juices flowing in the right direction.
    Helen

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    • #3
      Thanks for your response. I am going to work on a list. For some reason, I always find listing things out on paper helpful as well.

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      • #4
        Yes, it's something my Mum always told me to do and it really does work.
        Helen

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        • #5
          It is really hard to get that creativity going - I suppose it is a bit like writers block. You just need to get passed that hurdle and then you are off. But getting past that hurdle isn't easy. I find that sometimes I need to take a break from making my candles and living like a normal person for a week or two. I tend to find that I am a bit more refreshed and can look at candle making with a fresh pair or eyes (if you know what I mean). If you keep on trying and trying to come up with a new idea it doesn't happen. Take a break and it is surprising what you can come up with.

          Hope this helps!!
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          • #6
            Im the same take a break at the moment it will come back.
            Mollymandy

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            • #7
              Ive been trying to do some write ups.They have to be done so I just write anything just to get words on paper, then a couple of hours I go back and change what I dont like, like a process of elimination and substitution.

              Lists are good as you find there arnt so many or so few as you thought.If I have craft worries adn I write them down there may be only 2 things on the list but my mind has expanded them into big problems, so it put things into perspective.
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              • #8
                I read a blog where the lady who does it makes a collage every day - it keeps her mind in that 'creative zone' and gives her an outlet for craft every day. If you could find something small to do every day then it might help. I love reading through craft blogs and often come away from the computer inspired.
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                • #9
                  What's that blog? I would like to read it. Did you get a chance to read this story? divinecaroline.com/article/22328/26442
                  In it the woman also finds inspiration from a collage.

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                  • #10
                    It's called http://shisomama.wordpress.com/ Her son features on it every Sunday and he wears the most adorable clothes!!
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                    • #11
                      I find that I get most inspiration for my quilling from my holidays... and occassionally what friends are cross stitching. I fell in love with Madagascar when I went out there and did a little selection of lemurs including a new baby card. Sometimes I find that just doing a different craft for a couple of weeks helps to break the blockage - especially if its a kit so I don't have to think so much!
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                      • #12
                        Hi getsbetsy,

                        I'm sorry to hear you feel so discouraged. I'm sure even the most experienced sometimes have their down days, I know I have.

                        Going to a craft class might help, firstly with your confidence and secondly it could potentially give you more ideas for your future projects.

                        I would also suggest that you think about starting a scrap/sketch book. You never know when inspiration will come to you, it could be while browsing in a craft shop and you see a pattern or object. So its best to keep this book with you all the time.

                        Another tip that may help would be to look through your books and magazines. Anything you like the look of put it in the sketch book.

                        I hope this helps.

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                        • #13
                          Thank you! It's great!

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                          • #14
                            WOW looks AMAZING I cannot wait to try it out!
                            Mod edit................this must make sense to someone - but not me.
                            Last edited by Peter; 26-07-2007, 06:13 PM.

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