It can happen for nearly any reason and at any time.
Yep, that was me a couple months back.
If it hasn't happened to you yet, fabulous! But don't freak out too much if and when it does.
So what did I do? Well, I did actually stop making beads for a while. And then I went back to basics and I asked myself what did I love about beadmaking? What was it that had made it so special in the past?
I've never really been one to sketch out my ideas (mainly because I'm not very skilled with a pencil! ;-), but I actually did do some sketching. And I also started long list of all the things that inspire me and all the ideas I've had in the past, but had never taken the time to try. And then I started crossing things off that list.
And even more importantly I did what was fun! I didn't take out that long list of things that needed to be made right now, instead I pulled out some polymer and just made what I felt like making. And I enjoyed it! Really enjoyed it!
And here's what's happened so far:
For me, my favorite thing has always been sculpting. And painting comes second. There's something fascinating about transforming a bland, solid color with just some layers of paint.
In my last post you saw the results of one of my "just for fun" ideas… I'd been wanting to try that technique ever since I first started working with polymer clay!
Now every week, I've scheduled out some time to explore and try new things––to really enjoy creating! And to get back to loving what I do… I'm getting there again!
Doing what we love, I think is really what makes us artists. It's what makes us unique from one another even though many of us work with the same medium or use the exact same techniques. We put a passion into our work that makes it truly our own.
Here's to happy creating and fewer burnouts!!
Have you ever gotten burned out? How did you make your comeback? Or maybe you're still working on finding your creative side again? And for those of you who really feel the happiness, what is it that you totally love to create?