Everyone goes through slumps now and then, even on things they usually enjoy. More and more lately, I’ve heard from fellow blogger friends who have been going through a reading slump and I have found myself in this category over the last month or so. While I do love reading and blogging still, I’ve hit a wall lately but, I suppose, after blogging for about 8 years now, I’m bound to go through ups and downs.
What was a great June for books, having finished 5 books in the month, July has completely stalled. I’ve managed to only finish two books yet partially started at least 6 of them – 5 of which were ones I had switched back and forth from while on the plane to LA a few weeks ago. That’s not even counting how behind I am on my review writing as well. With the ones I have read, there are a number of partially started reviews waiting to be finished. Books that I loved and read months ago, like The Upside of Unrequited, has been in my drafts folder since April.
Interestingly, while I’ve suffered from this slump, I’ve really picked up my love for making art. I’ve always dabbled in it now and then, but lately, I’ve purchased a number of new art supplies to play with and encourage my creativity. New sketchbooks, Tombow pens and alcohol inks are what has occupied my attention as of late. I’m excited to have started a collection of drawings where I capture iconic costumes. This was perfect for me because I am awful at drawing people, so I have just taken out that element!
It has always bugged me that I couldn't draw people well, but playing with all the new marker pens I got on Friday from both @michaelsstores & my #SketchboxJune subscription, I've discovered my muse: iconic costumes. I was obsessed, finally finding the "thing" that I could draw to my satisfaction: outfits, minus the thing I couldn't draw… faces! 🤗 . 👈 swipe to see a few of the other drawings I did this weekend! I'm really pleased at how these turned out and super excited at being able to have a theme to fill my new sketchbook with. Can you name all the movies the costumes are from? ☺️ Any suggestions on future drawings?
With the alcohol inks I had discovered this while visiting Studio on the Hill out in Scarborough where I was shown a demo of this medium I had never played with before let alone heard of. I was mesmerized by the messy, abstract results and excited that this might be what I need to help me break out of the block in my head to always try and make “perfect” looking art (and getting frustrated when it didn’t come out 100%).
I also discovered the Get Messy Art Journal community and (amazingly!) won a year’s membership from one of their live webinars a few weeks ago so it’s really allowed me to tap into that creative side and use the prompts that are given as inspiration. This new season’s theme is fairy tales, so I’m very excited to dive into my first art journal season!
"Beware the Jabberwock." . My first-ever art journal page after I got inspired by one of the @getmessyartjournal's #fairytales prompts today: "Childhood Fears". I remember watching a live action version of Alice Through the Looking Glass when I was young where the Jabberwocky climbed out of the mirror over the fireplace and chased Alice through her house. Gave. Me. Nightmares. 😳 I felt this was a perfect one to do to kick off the #SeasonOfFairyTales! #getmessyhabit
What I’ve realized about myself is the need to want to make something, but often not sure where to begin. Feeling a block that almost becomes frustratingly painful. Just a few days ago, I felt that I needed to make something. Anything. But I was stuck with what I wanted to make. The urge to Just. Create. was overwhelming. Given all that’s been going on in my personal life lately, I’m not surprised that my attention span hasn’t been on reading and writing as much. I think this creative interlude is my way of finding ways to escape and not think too hard about things. It’s forcing me to clear my head, make something that brings me joy and forcing me to think outside of the structure of sentences and paragraphs.
What about you? Do you get into slumps, and what do you do about it to get out of that slump?