Digital Art, Thought Starters

3 ways to fuel your creativity during a creative block

a photo of artist Kayla Ann

Hey there! I’m Kayla Ann. I’m an artist and illustrator who uses Astropad Studio to create my vintage-inspired digital art.

For us in the northern hemisphere, our long days of Summer are getting shorter as the shift to Fall begins. As an artist and designer, seasonal changes can be challenging on our creativity and can lead to creative block. In this segment, I’ll give you some ideas to help fuel your creativity during a creative block or seasonal shift.

1. Get outside

My #1 tip and one of the best things you can do for your creativity during a slump is to get outside!

Fresh air and new landscapes can help get you out of your head and into your body. This creates space for your mind to wander and subconsciously soak in all that you can see, hear, and smell.

Getting outside for a short walk or a longer hike is my favorite thing to do when I’m feeling stuck. I always stumble upon a new plant, a beautiful color palette, or a conversation with a friend that inspires me!

A field of wildflowers

2. Visit a new museum

As the seasons change and I look for more indoor activities, museums are on the top of my list. There are so many things to look at and learn about!

Being out in the world, observing and absorbing is the best way to get out of a creative rut. My favorite museums to visit are natural history museums and art museums. I’m often inspired by intricate details on ancient artifacts or the color palettes of natural materials.

Make sure you bring a notebook to jot down anything that catches your eye or inspires you. You never know what will spark your creativity!

An art museum

3. Head to the library

Paging through books about artists and my favorite hobbies like crafting and hiking always inspire me. Colors, typography,  illustrated works, and stories can help spark creativity in your arts practice.

Books are a great way to gather inspiration that is unique and fresh. I prefer analog ways of getting inspired, because sometimes digital experiences can take away from my creativity.

But if books aren’t your thing, I love to watch old movies by renowned directors, or retro animated films. There is always something to be inspired by!

A bookshelf with library books

I’ll be honest, my number one tip for getting out of a creative funk is to go outside and get moving. Even if it’s just for 10 minutes! I promise the fresh air will help inspire new ideas.