A couple months ago, I asked for some advice.
I was feeling totally uninspired. Everything I was creating felt unoriginal, plain or "already done." I couldn't letter anything that made my heart happy.
So, naturally, I turned to Instagram, my usual source of inspo. Remember this post? I asked for help. And I wanted to share the amazing advice I received. So here you go:
1. "Book quotes! I take pictures or write it down every time I find a line I like in a book I'm reading to look back at later!" - @shadows.and.shading
2. "Song lyrics sometimes!" - @raedar.art
3. "I usually step away all together to clear my head. Other than that I'd say just write! Even if it's not something you're 100% excited about." - @scriptly.said
4. "I feel like so many people are going through that right now! I usually just stop for the day and do take a walk or go somewhere new to engage my self in other ways." - @thepeonyletteress
5. "I'm still pretty new to lettering but the best advice I ever got was to focus on myself and remember why I started lettering. That genuine passion for the creative comes through to your followers regardless of the content you're posting (in my opinion as a follower of many letterers 🤗). And to just keep creating! Eventually you'll come back into a good creative space and you'll realize what techniques worked for you and what didn't while experiencing that block." - @thezscript
6. "When in doubt, song lyrics. If I'm in a funk I put on a few of my favorite lyrical jams and letter my favorite one liners. Sometimes you just need to forget you have writer's block. The stress from feeling the block actually blocks me more. Eliminate the stress, my creativity comes back!" - @crenletters
7. "I've been participating in a practice challenge - sometimes I feel the [same] way and it's nice to have someone tell you what to write (every once in awhile!)" - @paperdogcalligraphy
8. "Pinterest quote section! Sometimes it takes an hour of searching but eventually something gives me the feels and makes me want to pick up my pens again! ❤️❤️❤️" - @letterswithashlee
9. "Feeling EXACTLY the same way lately! Stepping away from lettering for a couple of days has helped, and the inspiration is starting to return. You're not alone! 💖" - @fancypantslettering
10. "Whenever I see something I want to letter I scribble it down for a later date when I'm having a day that's lacking inspiration!" - @absolutelyplumlettering
HOLY GEEZ. Isn't the lettering community AMAZING?? This advice is so great. I couldn't even believe my eyes. Thank you so much - from the bottom of my heart - to all those who commented with advice for me. You all truly helped me find my passion again.
I'm not saying that I have it back 100%, but I'm feeling much more inspired to create now, than I did on July 18 when I posted that photo. While all these pieces of advice were amazing, I also wanted to share the other things I explored for myself to find my creativity once again:
1. Retail therapy - I know it seems like silly advice, but investing in some new lettering supplies got me back at my desk itching to try them out!
2. Finding inspiration from others - I started exploring new Instagram artists and reading more blogs. I knew I needed inspiration, so I looked at what others were doing and realized that there are SO MANY different lettering routes I haven't tried yet!
3. Take a break - a couple of you commented that this was a good idea, but I took it to a larger extent. Even though I lost some engagement on my Instagram page and I lost quite a few followers, I took almost the whole summer off lettering. I was still practicing, but I wasn't really posting much. This leads into...
4. Take the pressure off - before the summer, I was pressuring myself to post almost every day. I thought that this was the only way to be consistent and that if I didn't post frequently, I wouldn't have the same success on my Instagram page and on my blog. But, as soon as I alleviated the pressure I put on myself to post, I remembered that I started lettering because it was fun for ME, not because I wanted to post to Instagram. That's just a fun side perk!
5. Go back to the basics - I went back to my ABCs. I hadn't been doing a lot of drills, so I found some practice sheets online, and worked on a few different font styles. It actually ended up inspiring me long-term because now I feel more confident mixing fonts, and I'm able to practice a variety of styles. I also created my own brush lettering practice sheets, which you can purchase here.
6. Change up your space - I'll do a blog post on this soon, but I moved at the beginning of October, which required me to clean up my work space. It allowed me to rearrange/change anything I wanted. My new spot has a window with a view, new lighting and I have a shelf for some of my work and my watercolours. Sometimes a space refresh is all you need! And you don't have to move to refresh; try cleaning your space or rearranging your set-up.
7. Note inspirational quotes - I stole this idea directly from @absolutelyplumlettering. I created a spot in my bullet journal every month for lettering prompts that inspired me. That way, whenever I was feeling unmotivated, I could look at that page to see if any of it brought me joy! Check out some of my favourite bullet journal spreads here, here and here.
8. Try something new - this can take form in a variety of ways, but I embraced this in two major avenues. I started a series called #26daysofautumn. Check it out on Instagram! AND, I'm hosting my first lettering class! It's a brush lettering workshop, held at The Anomaly House of Art in Penticton, BC. If you're a local and you're interested in joining the fun, click here to find out more info! Teaching lettering has inspired me to create in so many new ways.
9. Ask for advice - this is maybe the most important. We're part of such an incredible lettering community and it's just amazing to see what others come up with and create. I am so grateful for all the people I follow that give me inspiration and I'm so grateful that the community is willing to help when I reach out.
Thank you all for all the LOVE and SUPPORT! I appreciate each and every one of you.
Did we miss anything?? If so, tell me in the comments below!