Recently, the subject of creativity has been coming up a lot for me. I had several emails last week from readers asking where I find inspiration for DIY projects and how I get unstuck from creative lulls.
For the most part, because it's related to DIY projects mainly, I've been directing people to my Skillshare class, The How To on How-Tos, where I share four ways to find inspiration, get unstuck, and come up with creative solutions for DIY projects. But there is something new I've been doing more recently that I've found super helpful as well. So, I thought I would share it here...
Every so often, I jump in the car and just start driving, with no real destination. It may sound strange, but it's really been helpful to me. *You can also bike around instead, if you prefer not to drive.
I've been enjoying exploring areas outside of my neighborhood to clear my head and/or find inspiration. Just seeing new things that I don't typically look at or drive past day after day really helps to get the wheels turning. No pun intended. Do you ever do this?
It also has been a good exercise for me to try when I'm feeling flustered or annoyed about something.
So, here's an example of how this whole random driving around thing has helped me with my creativity...
The photos above are from a spot Sarah and I found, while driving around one day in Murray Hill. Which you may remember as the backdrop from this Read This post, for the second edition of The Handmade Marketplace. When we drove by, I immediately noticed (and loved) the blueish grey color of the corrugated wall and the green vines growing up over the graffiti.
We took some photos of me playing around with the vines and the combination of my pink nails and the green vines inspired the color scheme for a project I did shortly after these photos were taken...for donut ice cream sandwiches. Random, I know. But hey, if it works, it works.
***Quick note...The donut ice cream sandwiches were posted the day before the Read This post I'm referring to, but they were actually shot after. Just to make things as confusing as possible. Ha.
Where do you go when you need inspiration? Do you have any rituals, that you try, to snap yourself out of a creative rut? Like driving around in the car or going for a bike ride?
Photos by Sarah Eddy for Paper & Stitch