Wednesday, June 11, 2014
3 tips for busting the dreaded blank sketchbook page paralysis
As I’ve been working to change my mindset here are a few tips I’ve found helpful:
1) Embrace the word “practice.” Chant it. Over and over again. If it’s “practice” then mistakes are allowed. It’s kinda stupid but it's freeing. Frees me to try new things, to grow, to soil a blank page.
2) Experiment! Mix it up! Take the focus off the blank page and put it on the pen. Of course, it doesn’t have to be a pen per se but try goofing around with a color you rarely use. Buy cheap products you aren’t afraid to use AND USE THEM until you are feeling inspired and are so bursting with ideas you can’t wait to fill the empty expanse. Work with a different medium. What happens when you layer things? You could also try a different paper. Have you ever played with acrylic on kraft paper? Those colors pop like wow.
Anyways, what I’m saying is that when you start experimenting, you will whip through blank pages faster than you ever thought possible. Seriously. Start having fun and forget to be intimidated.
seen on instagram that these cheap-o pens are for stashing in my purse, on the ready for casual practice. I don't like carrying Microns in my purse because they are expensive and I lose them but then I waste opportunities, which brings me to...
3) Give yourself a mini deadline. Race yourself. For once, take the focus off the quality of your creation and put it on quantity. Instead of pulling out your phone and scrolling through instagram to kill time, see if you can fill a page with doodles. In your next spare moments, pick one of those doodles to refine on the next page. How much can you get done in 15 minutes?
Obviously, there are a bazillion ways to help squash pristine-page fear and kick-start your sketchpad creativity. Currently this is what works for me. Have any recommendations?