In this episode, I will talk about how to find new ways through creative experimentation. I’m also going to give you a creative prompt, something you can do easily and in a short amount of time, to get some creative play into your day.

A small caution might be in order. If you’re sensitive to language, I must warn you that the occasional swear word might slip through the cracks when I edit. That might happen if I’m talking about something I’m particularly passionate about.

8 - Finding new ways through creative experimentation

by Linda Ursin | Creative Explorer Podcast

Show Notes

What am I working on?

  • Another watercolour symbol painting
  • Fixing the SEO on my blog
  • Workshops; the next one will be crafts
  • How to videos; which ones do you want me to make?
  • Material for Periscope
  • Starting local landscape painting of mountains
  • Gearing up for the October Creativity Challenge
  • and I made a new Viking dress for Lilith for the event we went to on Sunday.

Finding new ways through creative experimentation

I’m sure you’ve heard that you should push the boundaries of your comfort zone from a lot of people. I’m not going to tell you differently. Creative experiments are the creative twist on that, and you can have a lot of fun doing it too. It’s good to experiment at any time, but especially if you’re getting bored, or your work has started to feel stale, or you know you need to make a change.

It helps you think in new ways, challenges your brain to figure it out, and helps you evolve in your chosen art form. I do them quite often, and mostly just for fun.

If you’re at that point where you’re either bored or you feel your work has lost its magic, try to experiment. I’ll give you a couple of examples of what you can do.

  • If you work with yarn, try out a stitch you haven’t done before.
  • If you work with fabric, find a new material, a different kind of fabric with a different texture, or even leather.
  • If you work with paint or pencils, try a completely new technique, for example, painting with a knife.
  • If you work with wood, try using a new tool.
  • If you work with ceramics, add something different to the surface.
  • If you work with paper, try a looser style.

Think about it. If you don’t go outside what you’re used to, how will you diskover new colours, patterns, structures, styles, and techniques that you will really love.

What are you going to try?

Today’s inspirational words are by Theodore Roosevelt, and he said “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are”.

 

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are - Theodore Roosevelt

(The image was posted on by @susiespark on Instagram. I haven’t been able to locate the original.)

Today’s Creative Prompt: I want you to get outside, and draw the first thing that catches your eye. Let go of perfection and sketch it out quickly, don’t use an eraser. Then add to it if you feel it’s necessary. Plese share what you create in the Creative Explorers group. I’d love to see what you make.

That’s it for me for today. Thanks for listening to the Creative Explorer Podcast. The next episode will, among other things, be about how to find your creative fix. If you have any questions, just reach out to me at linda@lindaursin.net Remember to rate and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

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