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1. Write 10-20 things you can make on slips of paper (pillow case, earring, paper mache). Toss the slips into a box & choose one at random. Go, make it. Even if you don't want to.
2. Take $10 to your favorite supply shop and buy as many things as you can (no over-spending) see what you can make with your new supplies.
3. Spend an hour at the library. With so many great artists, writers and poets surrounding you you are sure to glean some new ideas from the experience.
4. Reorganize or clean your work space. Clutter can be a real roadblock for new ideas.
5. Teach someone your craft. Showing your neighbor how to gesso canvas or your best friend how to sew a pillow can put a new perspective on your talents & bring in new inspiration.
6. Do nothing. Take a forced artistic break from your environment. Not allowing yourself to make anything can trigger the "artistic itchies"; it's like reverse psychology, only craftier.
7. Keep an ideas journal, when you need a new one you may find it hidden in the pages.
8. Be creative elsewhere. Make a beautiful salad, plant a garden, walk backwards and sing loudly, make a marshmallow village... Creativity (even the silly kind) is contagious and can overflow into your workspace.
9. Take a walk with your camera. Photograph everything and anything, choose your favorite picture and make something around it, a grocery store diorama, an arched door necklace... You'd be surprised what one picture can inspire.
10. Ask for help. I often use friends and family for a sounding board. Getting a fresh, outside perspective can really get the wheels turning.
& on that note, if any of you have great tips for breaking the slump I'd love to hear them, I can always use new ideas too :).