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How to Get Out of a Creative Painting Slump

by | Sep 12, 2020

Hey ya’ll! You all know I love to craft and paint with you, but sometimes I just get in a creative slump. You know what I’m talking about, right? The kind of artist block where you just don’t have the motivation to get started on the next project or your brain is all out of ideas on what to create. Maybe you have experienced a creative slump recently or you’re walking through one right now. Don’t worry, it really does happen to all of us! Today I want to talk about getting out of your creative slump and finding the motivation to get back into the hobby or creative business that you love!

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Clean Your Space to Get Out of A Creative Slump

If you’re in a creative slump, the first thing I want you to do is to clean your space. Don’t worry, I’m not talking about cleaning your whole house! I’m talking about the space where you find yourself doing all the crafty things.

For me, it’s my craft room but maybe for you it’s your kitchen table, a craft closet, or even a craft cart that you roll out when you decide to get creative.

As you are cleaning your crafting area, go through your supplies and organize them. If you find different supplies that you haven’t used for a while get rid of them.

I know as crafters we have supplies that can be season specific, but if the season has come and gone and you haven’t used it then it might be time to donate it to a classroom or church.

Next, organize your supplies to suit your needs. If you have supplies that you are frequently reaching for while crafting put them close to your crafting area. Store other supplies that you don’t reach for as often in closets or drawers to keep your space tidy.

Southern A-Door-nments Work Room

If you’re running a door hanger business, then as your business grows it’s important to have your supplies organized. If you’re looking for ways to grow your business, check out the blog post I wrote on growing my door hanger business!


Walk Your Creative Slump Away

If you are finding yourself in a creative slump, here’s what I want you to do. Go grab your girlfriend and get outside! A nice outdoor walk or just getting out in nature is a great way to gain inspiration and boost creativity. 

I’m telling you – getting outdoors and getting fresh air will shift your entire mindset. You’ll get your body moving which will wake up your brain. The things you see in nature take note of then go back to the drawing board – or your craft table – and get to work! 

If you’re still needing ideas, surf my website and check out the various templates that I offer in my shop. Seeing the templates will give you an idea of what you want to get started on next. You can even join my Template Club where you will get fresh, new designs emailed right to you every month. These new designs will be sure to spark your creativity. If you’d like to join our Template Club membership you can check it out here!

Tamara writing "you got this"

Go Shopping Just For Fun

As if you needed an excuse to go shopping, but a creative slump is the perfect one! If you’re like me, you see all kinds of inspiration when you’re at the store of things that you could create when you get back home! 

Head to Kirkland’s, Hobby Lobby, Michael’s or even a craft fair and shop around letting the products inspire you! When you’re looking, don’t think of it as looking for things to copy or create, actually look at products that inspire you. Take a picture of it with your phone, then go home and use those pictures as a creative mood board to get your creative juices flowing! 

Painter’s Clubhouse is also a really great tool I have to help get you out of your creative slump. The Painter’s Clubhouse gives you a community that will stretch your creative ideas and inspire you. There are weekly live tutorials that will motivate you to try new techniques and keep you excited about painting. If you’d like to join this awesome community, we’d love to have you! You can head to the Painter’s Clubhouse portion of my website to sign up for the waitlist!

Letterboard by Southern A-Door-nments about being an artist

Say Goodbye to Your Creative Slump

Tamara painting a motivation door hanger

Sometimes in order to get out of our creative slump, we have to jump right in and just do the thing! When I do this it literally forces me to get out of the creative slump that I am in. I really enjoy painting and crafting but sometimes I’m in a slump. Once I dive back in and do what I love the slump starts to fade. If you find yourself in the same creative slump and none of the previous tips worked I strongly encourage you to just dive right in. 

As a business owner, there isn’t much time for a creative slump but they still come! If you’re a business owner and you’re trying to increase sales, I want to encourage you to checkout my blog post on ways to boost door hanger sales. This post will show you some tips I use when I want to increase sales, an increase in sales is also a great way to get you out of your slump because the work will keep you busy and excited to do more! 

Needing Some More Motivation?

So this blog post was actually inspired by a live video that I did on my Facebook page. I like to share some motivation and tips for mindset on Mondays. So if you want to hear more about these ideas, make sure you follow me on Facebook and check it out:

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Inspiration for Finding Creativity in a slump


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