What with the wedding stress, day job being full on not to mention mixed with Ofsted panic. My sketchbook and notebooks have been lacking somewhat in anything remotely creative. My studio has become a dumping ground for all things but my bum on my chair and a pen in my hand.
So when I can grab a spare second to indulge in something that gets my brain excited, and the opportunity to sit down and make fleeting notes on what I want to create for 2014 I jump at the chance. Doodling isn't working for me at the moment, I think over thinking is my problem, my brain at the moment is filled with panic over the wedding ( I am now doing a reading). So I definitely need a little brain break. Stay creatively inspired is really important to me, it gives me hope.
So to stay inspired and take time away from over thinking and brain panic try these steps.
1. Take time away from the thing (person) who is stressing you out.
2. Make yourself something that fills you with happiness - mines a cup of sugary tea, milk 2 sugars thank you!
3. Find a comfy spot, (preferably with lots of light) best thing to make a fort out or pillows and covers. My *Decker Pillow is a beaut and from Made.com the soldiers are a little christmassy.
4. Read, write or watch something that fills your head with exciting thoughts.
5. Don't force it, chill and empty your head of negativity.
6. Repeat or carry on until you feel inspired.
When I graduated from uni 3 years ago, there was one book that truly inspired me through out my second and third year and that was the Tim Walker photography book, when I got paid recently for teaching at the summer school, I spent my hard earned pennies getting myself the book and all those happy memories, inspired moments came flooding back! I got this one from Amazon. I love finding inspiration in other peoples creativity.
So I am going to take some time out this week, grab an hour or two to write in my journal and plan a few trips over the Christmas period... I am hoping to pop to Oxford on Christmas eve, I hope you find this a little bit of fun and maybe a little help.
What is your go to book or film for inspiration? How do you stay inspired?