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25 Easy Ways to Boost your Creativity

Ways to boost creativityStuck in a rut? Losing motivation to draw? Unfortunately every creative knows the feeling of being trapped in a mental block all too well. If you happen to need a little inspiration, go ahead and check out our 25 tips on how to rejuvenate your creativity. Who knows, you just might create your next favorite piece!

1. Keep an idea notebook with you at all times – Hand-writing your ideas spurs more creativity than typing them on a computer, and having a place to store your inspiration will help you remember more in the long run.

2. Do more of what makes you happy – Another reason to find time for your hobbies! Doing what you love puts you in a more creative mindset that will help you think of more ideas.

3.  Attempt something new every day – Try writing with your bad hand, learning a few words in a new language, or taking a few photographs when you run your errands! Switching up your routine will expose you to new adventures to draw from creatively.

4. Get some exercise – In addition to being healthy for your body, kinesthetic movement stimulates blood flow and loosens your mind up to new ideas.

5. Meet new people – A conversation with someone new can offer a different perspective you may not have thought of before.

6. Take time to daydream – Some of the best ideas come unexpectedly!

7. Do something silly – Whether you decide to go skipping, chicken-dancing, or cartwheeling, breaking down social barriers will help you think more creatively.

Screen Shot 2015-06-10 at 6.52.48 PM8. Make an inspiration board or mind map – Having a visual board of ideas can help you formulate your existing plan and branch out to new possibilities.

9. Go outside – Fresh air relaxes your brain, which can stimulate new insights.

10. Brainstorm out loud with another person – Hearing feedback may inspire you to take a different direction on your creative project.

11. Go for a drive – A long ride on the roadside can be the perfect activity to let your mind wander.

12. People-watch – People are incredible sources of inspiration!

13. Keep a notebook by the side of the bed – Ever had a brilliant idea just as you were drifting off and then forgotten it in the morning? A notebook is a great way to remember thoughts you might have otherwise forgotten.

14. Browse books at your local bookstore for ideas – Whether you read the back covers for ideas or check out a genre you wouldn’t normally read, bookstores are gold mines for information that can help with your next great idea.

15. Pretend to be someone else for a day – Imagining how someone else feels can help your brain think in an entirely new way.

16. Build off other small ideas you admire – Does another artist have a style that you would love to try? Love the color palette of something you just saw? Find little ways to incorporate these into your own ideas!

17. Review your old notes regularly – Something new may stand out the next time you review your past brainstorms!

18. Doodle – Let your hand do its thing and your mind may follow.

19. Switch up your work space – Changing your surroundings often leads to new ideas. One of our artists, Annisa Tiara Utami, makes sure to sketch everywhere she goes!

20. Turn off all distractions – Silence the text messages, stay away from the TV, and ignore the emails if at all possible. Your focused mind will thank youlater!

unsplash4_15h21. Make sure your workspace has natural light – Sunlight helps relax the mind, which enables creative activity.

22. Just start! – Sometimes the best results come from no plan at all.

23. Take risks – The more you push yourself, the more possibilities you will find!

24. Allow yourself to make mistakes – Remember that it is okay to mess up. Once you lose the fear of failure, you will realize how unimportant mishaps are.

25. Stop when you need to, but don’t give up – Last but not least, keep going even when you can’t seem to think of any ideas. Even a so-so product can yield more inspiration in the future!

Do you have any solutions on how to get creatively inspired? Share them in the comments below!unnamed-3

Friday Fresh Picks

Friday Fresh Picks June 12, 2015

As BoomBoom Prints’ artist community continues to expand with more and more artists, BBP’s artwork keeps getting better! Some of BBP’s new artists include: Traci Maturo Illustrations, Kathrin Legg, Bela Wilde, and Dgaleb. Keep checking each Friday for new artists!

1. Traci Maturo Illustrations: This new BBP artist not only is an illustrator, but also she is an art teacher “trying to pursue her dreams of inspiring the next generation of young artists.” Way to go Traci! One of our favorite designs by Traci Maturo Illustrations is “Robophant.”

"Robophant" by Traci Maturo Illustrations, BoomBoom Prints

“Robophant” by Traci Maturo Illustrations, BoomBoom Prints

"Laughter is Timeless" by Traci Maturo Illustrations, BoomBoom Prints

“Laughter is Timeless” by Traci Maturo Illustrations, BoomBoom Prints

2. Bela WildeThis new BBP artist is a mother of five, but that does not stop her from creating awesome designs! Just know that “there’s a whole lotta love behind the creation” of each of her pieces of artwork. If you are looking for artwork for your little one, check out Bela Wilde’s designs!

"Stars Love the Moon" by Bela Wilde, BoomBoom Prints“Stars Love the Moon” by Bela Wilde, BoomBoom Prints

"Young Souls Run Wild and Free" by Bela Wilde, BoomBoom Prints

“Young Souls Run Wild and Free” by Bela Wilde, BoomBoom Prints

3. Scott PartridgeAre you looking for some adorable animal prints featuring birds, owls, and giraffes? If so, check out Scott Partridge’s designs! One of our favorite designs by Scott Partridge is “Birds of Paradise.”

"Birds of Paradise" by Scott Partridge, BoomBoom Prints

“Birds of Paradise” by Scott Partridge, BoomBoom Prints

"Elephant and Cat" by Scott Partridge, BoomBoom Prints

“Elephant and Cat” by Scott Partridge, BoomBoom Prints

4. Nicole Lindblomb DesignIf you are looking for whimsical artwork, you need to check out Nicole Lindblomb Design! Nicole graduated from Minnesota State University of Mankato with a BFA in design. 

"Sunflowers and Bumblebees-Honey Bee Mine" by Nicole Lindblom Design, BoomBoom Prints

“Sunflowers and Bumblebees-Honey Bee Mine” by Nicole Lindblom Design, BoomBoom Prints

"Fairy Friends Emma" by Nicole Lindblomb Design, BoomBoom Prints

“Fairy Friends Emma” by Nicole Lindblomb Design, BoomBoom Prints

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Friday Fresh Picks

BoomBoom Prints was impressed with these cool artists who recently joined BBP! Check out this week’s new art highlights: Jamie Fales, Cihandag, Mike Levett, and Annisa Tiara Utami.

 

1. Jamie FalesThis artist lives and “hails” from New York. So far in her career, her artwork has appeared in numerous publications and has shown in solo and group exhibits around the United States.  One of our favorite designs by Jamie Fales is “Watching the Ships.

"Watching the Ships" by Jamie Fales , BoomBoom Prints

“Watching the Ships” by Jamie Fales , BoomBoom Prints

"Pum" by Jamie Fales, BoomBoom Prints

“Pum” by BoomBoom Prints Artist Jamie Fales

 

2. Cihandag: This BBP artist is from Instanbul.  His designs include various animals, including bears, hedgehogs and foxes. One of our favorite designs by Cihandag is “Fox.”

"Fox" by Cihangdag, BoomBoom Prints

“Fox” by Cihangdag, BoomBoom Prints

"Dear and Bird" by Cihandag, BoomBoom Prints

“Dear and Bird” by Cihandag, BoomBoom Prints

3. Mike LevettIf you are interested in “Colorful Characters and Critters,” you must check out Mike Levett’s impressive artwork! His designs include dinosaurs, birds, and shipmates. 

"Flying House" by Mike Levett, BoomBoom Prints

“Flying House” by Mike Levett, BoomBoom Prints

"T Rex" by Mike Levitt, BoomBoom Prints

“T Rex” by Mike Levitt, BoomBoom Prints

 

4. Annisa Tiara UtamiAnnisa is a self-taught illustrator who also is a mother. If you are interested in designs about children, nature, or robots with a cool geometric twist, this artist is for you.  

"Floating" by Annisa Tiara Utami, BoomBoom Prints

“Floating” by Annisa Tiara Utami, BoomBoom Prints

"Fox-Masked Kid" by Annisa Tiara Utami, BoomBoom Prints

“Fox-Masked Kid” by Annisa Tiara Utami, BoomBoom Prints