7 ways to beat artist’s block

Creativity does wonders for your mental health. So, it’s no wonder that when you wake up in the morning and sit down to work and the creativity isn’t there, the spiral of self-doubt begins. Perhaps the words just aren’t coming… visually something is missing… or maybe you can’t put your finger on exactly what’s wrong.

But don’t worry, it’s normal – it happens to us all. If you’re looking for ways to get out of your creative rut, why not try out some of our different ways to find inspiration and see what works for you?

Change Your Environment

One of the easiest changes to make when you’re feeling uninspired is to change your physical environment. For many of us, lockdown might restrict our options. However, changing your environment can be as easy as moving into a different room, setting up your desk in front of a window – or even putting on some music and lighting a candle. Just don’t leave it unattended 😉

Try Something New

If you find that you’re hitting a creative roadblock, now might be the time to pursue a new hobby. From experimenting with different recipes in the kitchen to writing a short story – or trying out watercolours instead of acrylics. Have a go at something you wouldn’t consider yourself to be a ‘pro’ at. By putting yourself out there you’ll not only give yourself a break from your usual practice, but you’ll probably find that you unleash more creativity in another area.

Listen to a Podcast

Podcasts became an ally for many last year, which saw 2020 crowned as the ‘golden age of podcasts’. You can find one for almost anything these days so it can be hard to know where to start – but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! A few of our favourite creative and art-based podcasts: include Artcurious, 99% Invisible, Raw Material, and Talk Art

Collaborate

How many times has a problem been solved simply by talking it through? The same goes for creative blocks. Sometimes the energy that other people bring to a conversation can have a really positive impact. Asking your social media followers for thoughts, feedback or even suggestions is a great way to kick start a conversation!

Start a Moodboard

Start collecting as many ideas as you possibly can! Perhaps it’ll take shape in a Pinterest board, or magazine cut outs – but before you know it, you’ll be flooded with inspiration and ideas again.

Pen and Paper at the Ready

Keeping an notebook close to jot down ideas is a great way to be creative throughout your daily life. You can fill it with quotes, doodles, or even a paragraph about what you did that day. The important thing to remember is to not overthink it. Let your mind wander… and play.

Don’t Force It

Whilst there are lots of things you can try, forcing yourself to be creative shouldn’t be one of them. The last thing you want is to try harder and for the ideas to become flatter and flatter. Sometimes, the best thing to do is step away for a bit. Everyone needs a break now and again. So, take the time to relax, enjoy yourself and come back later. Time away might be exactly what you need in order to be restored and inspired.

Image credit: Happy Fluff Comics

Around the World in 7 Artists

We’re so proud that our fabulous artists come from all over the world – so we’ve decided to talk about them here, and the countries they’re from!

James Booker
Queensland, Australia

James offers an abundance of colourful, over-the-top and often out-there collages. Branching out from writing and illustration in 2010, James launched Random Galaxy, adopting his techniques to begin developing a photo-manipulation collage style of art.

Rebecca Elfast
Gothenburg, Sweden

Rebecca is an illustrator and surface pattern designer. Producing artwork that is fun and colourful, she works with a mix of handmade and digital techniques. Ink and watercolour are her favourite media and the layered, transparent principles of those techniques are often visible in her digital work as well.

Josephine Wall
Dorset, United Kingdom

Josephine specialises in mystical, surreal-like, fantasy paintings. Inspired by greats such as Magritte and the pre-Raphaelites, she often strives to impart a message in her scenes, and inspire her audience to take a personal journey into her magical world.

Steve Spazuk
Quebec, Canada

In a technique he refers to as “fumage,” Steven Spazuk has reinvented traditional artistic approaches, by painting with smoke. Since 2001, Spazuk has refined this skill – making the relationships between humans and the natural world his primary focus.

Schim Schimmel
Arizona, USA

For over 20 years, Schim has been painting in a style uniquely his own, expressing on canvas his love and awe for our incredible planet, its animals, and the universe that brought them into being. Through his work, Schim hopes to inspire others to be more conscious human beings living within a vulnerable ecosystem.

Happy Fluff Comics
Chennai, India

Akshara Ashok is the creator behind the hilariously popular Happy Fluff Comics. The much-loved series documents the life of Fluff, the girl next door unabashedly highlighting situations and problems we come across every day – but seldom discuss in public.

Vincent Hie
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Clarity, articulation and high attention to detail are key elements in Vincent’s work. Loving the beauty of shapes, forms, colours and sounds, Vincent made the switch from tradition tools to digital software back in the early 2000s.

If you want to check out the works of these, or any other of our artists, just hit ‘search’ and ‘browse our artists’ in app. Remember! Momentful is free to download on both iOS and Android.