Ways to Improve Your Artistic Creativity

Creativity is greatly encouraged in our society and is necessary to find new and innovative ideas. Our society values creativity because it gives us the opportunity to be original.

The creative process is different for each person, but there are some steps that most artists take. We should not make up rules for what we want our creativity to look like because it will limit us from coming up with much better ideas. Sometimes the best idea comes from breaking all of the rules, so don’t be afraid of failure and make mistakes as often as possible!

In today’s day and age it can sometimes feel like social media makes everyone feel like they have an opinion on everything or that their opinion matters. Because of this mindset, people are often hesitant when they hear a different view point on something they believe in or care deeply about. Below are some ways to improve your creativity. 

Make an idea chest of treasures.

Collect images from magazines, quotes, postcards, and other sources. This can be anything that inspires future work. Keep them in an easily accessible location. It’s incredible to open your treasure chest of ideas and rediscover things that once excited or inspired you. 

It’s much easier to recall ideas or start from scratch when you have tangible things you can handle in your treasure box. You’ll recall previous ideas, identify why you chose the objects, and notice new connections you didn’t see before.

Keep an eye on your energy levels.

When you are feeling most creative, now is the time to work on the most important art projects or art marketing tasks. You should save the more mundane tasks for times when you feel less creative. 

It is sometimes necessary to take a complete break from one’s artistic practice to give room for new ideas. Make an effort not to force creative thinking. Just give in to the calm. In most cases, a reasonable period of incubation is required, and the ideas will eventually emerge. The container will be refilled with water. One effective way to do that is through numerology. If you are after new ideas, take a positive step and learn to master it.

When it comes to producing high-quality work, different periods of time and times of the day are optimal for different artists. Learn to recognize and honor the rhythms of your body. When you hear that “inner bell” ring, it’s time to switch gears and do something that requires less effort.

Divide your art projects into smaller sections.

Always divide large, intimidating projects into smaller chunks. When you’re working on small pieces rather than the whole, it’s usually easier to keep your enthusiasm up.

Don’t set yourself up for failure by expecting too much from any given work session. You’ll enjoy your work more and have a more consistent sense of satisfaction if you break large projects down into smaller chunks over time.

Boring art projects should be abandoned (or modified).

Look for the spark that prompted you to start the project and rework it into something new. Find the smallest speck of interest or quality in your work and begin a new piece of art with those aspects instead.

If that doesn’t work, it might be liberating to throw the piece away. If you can do this, you know you’re improving at curating your work and letting go of attachments to things holding you back.

For a short time, do something other than art.

Distract yourself for a while and see if some time away allows you to rediscover your enthusiasm for the project. If you can’t get motivated, put the project on hold for a while longer or move on.