Art Quilting and
Mixed Media Techniques
Top 10 ways to get out of a creative slump and generate new ideas.
Yesterday I made my last (not forever just for an exchange I am in) fabric postcard. Today I am in a creative slump. After making 48 different fabric and mixed media postcards I am at a loss. When this happens usually one of these techniques can help me find my creative mojo.
1. Read through old Quilting Arts magazine issues.
2. Read through old Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine issues.
3. Look through sewing and art quilting blogs/websites that you have enjoyed in the past and bookmarked. These are a few of my favorites:
http://www.dzgns.com/ - designs in machine embroidery
viking education department
http://www.quiltingartsllc.com/ - Quilting arts magazine
-Art to mail gallery
- Postmarkd art
You never know what inspiration you will find. I came across a blog that was running a challenge about what flower you are. First you took a "test" to see then you created based upon the flower you are. It was so fun, I was actually calling friends to have them take the test.
4. Look through your journal or if you have not started a journal yet...start one. My family laughs because I have a sketch book in just about every room in our house and in both of our cars. I try to draw out or write down my ideas as the come, unfortunately if I don't I may not remember them again.
5. Sit down with a nice cup or coffee or tea and a blank sheet of paper and pencil and doodle.
6. Get a good night sleep.
7. Take a break from your studio. Try moving some of your creative goodies into another room and creating there.
8. Enjoy one of your other hobbies..Go take a walk, take soothing bath, do some work in your garden, listen to music, go to the movies or book store. Anything that you enjoy sometimes we just need to get out of the art studio and the ideas will flow.
9. Create with your non-dominant hand. If you are a righty, do all your cutting, layout, layering all with your left hand.
10. Play with a different medium. If you usually work with fabric, try working with paper, fabric paper (michalmiller.com), unusual yarns, fun textured threads, cheese cloth, angelina fibers, embossing, glitter, etc...Nothing gets my creative juices flowing like taking out a bag of scraps and just start making a collage.
One of my favorite techniques is to make an OTF Collage. Now don't laugh, but it is literally Off The Floor. I only allow myself to make the mixed media collage with items that are on my sewing room floor or in the scrap trash bucket.