Friday, 22 January 2016

Creative Doldrums

I have not been around in blogland much this year yet and the reason is that I've been in the creative doldrums!  I do all my arty activities on my kitchen table so I had to pack everything away for Christmas and having packed it all away I simply could not get going again this year despite having received some new crafty prezzies.  What does one do when stuck in the creative doldrums?  This:
ask a friend round who wants to play!  My friend Sue came round and spotted my Scripture cards which I did all through last year and wanted to make some too.  I couldn't say no of course, so we took out paints and stencils and stamps and played and I'll show those in another post soon.

It was just the encouragement I was fun!  So next day I picked up my art journal and though I still felt 'rusty' and like I didn't have much inspiration I got on with it.  Here is my page:

I started off with a bluey wintry backround, inspired by the wintry theme at Art Journal Journey.  I'd felt like I was hitting a brick wall when I was in the middle of the doldrums so it seemed like a good thing to add, plus I love doing walls!

I added more stencilling and finally the hearts which is the theme for the current challenge at PaperArtsy and seeing all the projects with hearts which I love using was also wonderful inspiration.

This heart was a freebie with Craft Stamper magazine:

I stencilled some hearts with texture paste and sponged in red for a splash of colour:

and I added trailing string to each heart to make them seem like they are floating up and away:

Do you ever get in the creative doldrums and what do you do to get out of them?

I'm linking up at:
Art Journal Journey
Craft Stamper


  1. Nice work! Glad you managed to create something. Thanks for joining us at Art Journal Journey, Valerie

  2. A beautiful page! I hope it has inspired you to make more

  3. Beautiful page and so pleased that you have joined in at Art Journal Journey

    Love Chrissie xx

  4. Your page is lovely Susan , love the hearts and the brick wall against the beautiful blue background. I was definitely in the creative doldrums in the latter part of last year. I had my sister to stay for a few days and had to put everything away in the spare bedroom where I craft . I have only really got going again ,so hopefully will join in Patter's challenges again this year .It's lovely to see your projects again !

  5. This is wonderful, Susan, I definitely think having a playdate is a good way to make yourself craft,

    Lucy x

  6. Love this happy page - a perfect antidote to the art doldrums!

  7. A wonderful page Susan, I love the light blue and the red together - such a fantastic combination!
    Good that you are on the creative path again..sometimes we just need such breaks to fill up our creative batteries.Thank you for joining us at Art Journal Journey again!
    oxo Susi

  8. The best way to get your mojo back is to just do! I love this piece and I hope its gets you back into the art swing. Hugs!

  9. It's a wonderful page, Susan!!!!!!!!!!

  10. fabulous journal page. Thank you for joining in with the Craft Stamper challenge ..... Linda xx

  11. I do recognise your condition (the creative doldrums)! I get it every time I come back from holidays and I haven't completely recovered since Christmas. I haven't got a miracle solution but it is important to just start with something, anything... pull out a stamp, some ink and just do!