Friday, July 31, 2009

Too Busy for Creating?

When was the last time you clayed or sculpted or created anything? Life just gets in the way, work is too long, kids are in the way, housework calls... Gosh I know every one of those lines and more. I've had to admit at least for me these were just empty excuses. I get so tied up my job, my kids, TV, even the computer that my favorite hobby gets pushed to the side.
Yes once I get started I love it but getting started can be a trick. Sometimes that just needs to be forced at little and a couple things can help stay on task.

Step 1: actually taking out out your supplies.Too often, this is such a hassle, you might avoid claying just for that. For the future, if they had been really hidden, keep them somewhere close.

Step 2: Look at the clay, admire all the colors, pick up your tools. No ideas yet? Don't let that be a deterrent. If you feel stuck, there are are lots of tutorials on the web or in books for inspiration. Find one that's likely to hold your attention. Also great is trying new variation on old ideas.

Step 3: Now you are already to start but searching for a tutorial has become web-surfing or the TV is calling. Just do it,ignore the world, this is your time. If you found a tutorial you want to try online, print it out, shut off the computer too. Get rid of all distractions, if you can't getrid of your loved one, just let them know you need your time.

Step 4: Now just get creative, enjoy the process of creation. Some of the most delicate, tedious parts are the most fun for me. It can just relax me and I just merge with the clay. But that is the point. Give yourself the time to really enjoy yourself.

Step 5: Show off your work.Take a picture or two. Put it on Facebook, a Flickr account, or just tweet about it. Tell someone what you did.

Step 6: When you are done, make a clay date with yourself to do this again soon. I try to make Saturday my day. Recently I am as guilty as the next guy as far as creating goes. This Saturday is already planned out. I plan to have at least one piece to show case here. Now I know I have to, maybe that should actually be step 0, announce your intentions!

Remember, too often we ignore taking time to do those things that we really enjoy. Make that effort and I promise you won't regret it.


  1. Great advice!
    If I am having a creative block sometimes I will just play with the clay. Without trying to make anything in particular. Sometimes just the process of squishing it up and playing ideas will just come to me.

  2. Lots of great advice here! Although I love crafting, I'm as guilty as anyone of letting other commitments of distractions get in the way. Some times we just need a good kick in the pants to get started. Thanks!


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