3 ways to craft without crafting
There's a lot of crafting to be done without handling any materials. That may sound strange, but it's true. Some of the best graphic design teachers I had required a plan drawn and written up before we ever went to the computer. Why? Because it gets you to think things through and that idea holds true with making projects.
It's especially helpful when you're feeling stuck and not sure what to make or how to make it. As a blogger, this "crafter's block" can get scary fast, so next time that happens, try one or more of these three ways that I craft without crafting:
This one shouldn't be surprising, but getting some blank paper and penciling out ideas can really get things going. The sketches don't have to be pretty...they don't even need to be sketches! There's just something about taking an idea out of your head and putting it on paper that changes how it looks. New ideas come up and old ideas get refined.
When I sketch, I almost always include notes, which helps me determine what I was thinking when I go back to my doodles. They're really that rough. And they usually have lots of arrows and question marks to go with them!
If you don't want to look completely strange, this requires a second person. Similar to sketching, when you talk about the projects you are making or want to make, you get out of your head. (Perfect when you feel like you're already going out of your head!) Explaining what you hope to do, or the process you plan on using, and discussing it with someone else can really develop a project.
I'm so blessed to have a mom who will listen to me go on about the things I'm making (and it helps that she is a sewer and crafter!). When I'm stuck, we'll sit down with some coffee and I'll talk out a project. Sometimes she has the solution I need, and other times I have a revelation as I'm talking. Either way, I'd be sunk without these sessions!
This last one can be helpful or a time-waster, but staring does wonders. Stare at supplies. Stare at a blank page. Stare out the window or into space. Stop thinking so hard and your brain might just relax its way into a fresh thought!
Truthfully, I feel a little guilty when I do this, but a good stare clears my head, so it's worth taking the time to do. Pair it with a few deep breaths and I'm ready to move on to actually making stuff! Try it!
How about you? Do you craft without crafting? What do you do when you're stuck?