10 Ways to Boost Your Creativity

10 Ways to Boost Your Creativity

by Anne Marie Hunter, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and BeadsĀ®

"You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have."
  - Maya Angelou

Occasionally, though, our creativity needs an infusion of joy and inspiration. For artists, there are many ways to stoke those temporarily dim embers and light a renewed creative fire.

Often, creativity flows out of everyday experiences and simple choices. Engage in the world around you. Be open to fresh experiences and try new things that will rejuvenate you.

Here are ten suggestions to find that spot where inspiration and real life flow together, leading you to create wonderful, new jewelry designs.
  1. Search for beauty around you. Check out a movie, concert, jewelry or art show. Artistic events and activities of all types can inspire jewelry-making in unexpected ways.
  2. Read jewelry books and magazines. Jewelry-making stories, pictures, history and instruction open design possibilities you may not have considered before.
  3. Study the creative lives of other artists and learn about what has inspired them. How did they move past their own creative blocks and hurdles when inspiration had gone into temporary hiding? (At one time or another, this happens to most everyone on a creative journey.)
  4. Create a comfortable work place. The right space needs to be equipped with tools that are appropriate for your design needs, and organized for your own work style. Consider the lighting and temperature. Good lighting will not only brighten your spirit, but your eyes will be thankful, too. A positive work space is one that invites you in, stirring innovative and creative ideas.
  5. Let music inspire you. Scientific research suggests music can improve visual attention, increase happiness and inspire creative thoughts. Many people tap into music both to nourish their imagination and boost their energy levels. Music can be like a rocket launcher of creativity.
  6. Take a moment to recall successes, what you have accomplished and challenges you have met. Recall encouraging words people have spoken to you and replay them. With a familiar product you love, design a piece you know will be successful.
  7. Or, push into the limits of what you know, and then past that into what you think you can't do. Challenge yourself to learn a new skill. Enter a jewelry-making contest. Take challenges or limitations and embrace them.
  8. Experiment with a new product or gem that excites you. Spark your creativity with a color you've rarely used in designs. Do you work primarily with glass beads? What about shell, metal or pearls?
  9. Many creative people have a deep kinship with nature. In fact, throughout time, many artists have found nature to be the primary inspiration for their work. Being outdoors restores the spirit and inspires the senses. Time spent in nature evokes new creative ideas.
  10. Take a break. Sometimes, simply taking a break and letting go for a short time could be the ticket to jumpstart new ideas. Remember that the creative journey is about joy--for you and for all of those who will discover and wear your beautiful jewelry.
Creative challenges, boredom, the proverbial 'wall' and setbacks happen to nearly all artists. Let them become fertile ground to initiate new designs or jewelry lines. Getting back in the groove is unique for every designer. This is a list of just ten possibilities. There are many more ways to reignite those creative fires. Keep looking for that sparkle. And, don't ever give up.