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post #1 of 5 Old 03-24-2014, 01:37 AM Thread Starter
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Bad Creativity slump

I don't know where else to post this but since its about art and craft kind of thing I put this thread here.

I am in a terrible creativity slump. Its like everything creative in me has just up and died. I have had slumps before but they have usualy resolved by now.

I do suffer from terrible bouts of Depression and I am dealing with a bout right now. But I am beginning to feel better with some new medication I am on but the creative part of me is gone. I mean GONE. I have noticed that over the past couple of years the desire to do any drawing or craft type stuff had been diminishing greatly. I make dreamcatchers and I went through a short spell where I made a few but now I just stare at my supplies and ...nothing. I usualy enter stuff into our local fair but I havent the desire to do anything and time is ticking by. Nothing comes to me. This is the worst a slump has been for me. I can't even do a simple doodling drawing of a horse or a tree or a freaking stick figure. I have even noticed of the last year that my dreamcatchers lack pizzaz and originality.

Has anyone delt with such a thing? What have you done to get through it it? I am afraid that my desire to do anything anymore in regards to art or crafty type things is leaving me for good. Can the joy of doing such things die forever? Any suggestions on jump starting me back into the creative world will be appreciated.

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post #2 of 5 Old 03-24-2014, 02:03 AM
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I've had the same problem, I would just stare at my art supplies wanting to make something but nothing would come to mind. Or the minute I got an idea I just wouldnt follow through, I would start but then completely loose interest. Simple thing to do is..stop. That's right, take a break, theres no point in trying to do something when you really can't get your mind into it, so just take a break and sooner or later your creativeness will return.

I did that myself, a few months ago I couldn't do anything crafty, even drawing horses had lost my interest, so I stopped this crafty stuff all together. After a few months I had found that I had gained a lot of inspiration and suddenly wanted to draw again. Right now I love editing short horsey music videos using some footage I took over the past year of horses and me riding, and I love editing horsey pictures, and Im drawing more than ever.

I also have depression, and usually at my worst times I just can't be crafty, but I find doing horse related things usually helps me, and sleep.

Sometimes I just don't feel like being crafty, so I don't try, creativity comes on its own, don't force it. Just occupy your mind with something else, for me, something else is always horses, and before you know it, you will be grabbing at those crafty things wanting to create something. :)

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post #3 of 5 Old 03-24-2014, 03:52 AM
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This too shall pass.
They always do. In the meantime, do something totally different, like cake deorating, or flower arranging, so you are being creative, but not judging yourself against your prior achievements.
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post #4 of 5 Old 03-24-2014, 05:19 AM
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Stick a sheet of paper on the wall, grab a pencil, put on a blindfold and play a random song from your music collection. Draw the music. It doesn't matter what it looks like, just drawn the music and focus on nothing else.

The other thing I like to do is take a step back from my art and focus on nothing. Watch a movie, go for a walk, arrange all your crafts supplies alphabetically or something.

Maybe I'm just a loony, but organising things always works for me . . . Yep, I'm a loony.

These phases pass, and your inspiration will return.

... Sometimes I draw upside down. The change in perspective gives me something else to focus on.
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post #5 of 5 Old 04-01-2014, 03:06 PM
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I am in the BIGGEST slump too! I recently got the idea to paint a sea turtle but I don't FEEL creative! FRUSTRATION!
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