Blog - Posts tagged: creative flow

Free Ways to Refill Your Creative Well

20+ ways to get inspired in your creative life and work, without spending or buying a thing

After countless times of pushing past the point of creative health and finding myself burnt out or with no ideas/inspiration, I have learned to listen better to the warning signs. These are things that can help you to slow down, restore your energy and focus, and find new inspiration.

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Maker Interview: Sound & Textile Artist Emma Aurelia

A conversation about staying engaged with your materials, putting yourself out there, and believing in the work that you do

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Where Do Your Creative Ideas Come From?

How the concept of a ‘Creative Well’ can be a useful tool

In my experience, it’s not only where your ideas come from that matters, but whether you are able to tap into them, make connections between them, and take action on them. In other words, you must have space, attention, AND ideas to draw from. To help navigate this, I’d like to look at the idea of a creative well. I have found this to be such a powerful and helpful visualization because it’s so tangible.

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On the Need For Space in the Creative Process

How I navigated a recent need for space in my creative process

There is a time for taking action and creating work, and there is also a time for rest and seeking new ideas. It is so important that you learn to trust yourself to know which you need at any given time. 

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How to Stand Strong and Rise Above Criticism

A few words to help you keeping going as you grow into and learn to live your best life

As you begin to put yourself and your work out into the world, it is very likely that you will encounter criticism – some helpful, and some startling and crushing. I am here to tell you that you are strong, you are brave. You can find those who support you and your work. You can keep going. I hope this post will help you learn to manage the criticism in a way that keeps it separate from your sense of self-worth and allows you to become stronger and more sure-footed each time.

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The Importance of Kindness

A few thoughts about giving care to the energy you send out into the world around you

I have come to consider kindness crucial to living well and happily. Much as we have come to see time as sacred and to be cherished, your energy is also limited and, therefore, sacred. Your energy and the energy of those around you has an enormous impact on your sense of well-being and your ability to do your best work. 

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Undoing Perfectionism

How I overcame my perfectionism to make more, better-quality work… and became a happier person in the process

Over the course of starting my own business and finding my creative flow as an artist and maker, I have ended up learning a lot about perfectionism. It is something I’ve come to know very well – both from encountering it in myself and from seeing those around me really struggle with it.

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Gestural Landscape Paintings

Creating a series of landscapes in 20-brushstrokes or less

I am always looking for little exercises or studio tasks to get over the fear of getting started and to get me into a feeling of creative flow. I find anything that is low-pressure and enjoyable works well.

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The Happy Accidents Between Prints

Allowing new ideas to reveal themselves to you within your creative process

You never know where that next idea will come from. Slowing down and paying attention during the various steps of your creative process just might spark something that takes your work in a new direction. I thought I’d share some of my happy accidents with you…

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The Art of Showing Up and Doing the Work

How to get out of your own way and start creating the work that lights you up

I have found that the absolute best way to learn is by doing… by making a lot of work, imperfectly. This can be a challenging thing to do. Here, I share some of my observations, learnings, and advice to help you along the way.

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