When I very first started making charms and miniatures, I spent almost every day creating something new! I had so many ideas and they just kept coming. But then it all came to an end. I lost motivation to create new charms. Even just looking at all the craft supplies sitting on my desk waiting for me, made me tired.
Two words: Art Block
I go through a lot and having art block on top of it is so frustrating. Sometimes just making several clay charms will make me feel so much better. But not today!
Every time I get art block I think, “This is it, I’m done.” But I don’t want to give up. I thought it wasn’t normal to have this problem and it was all in my head. It was killing me to just leave everything to collect dust for like a day. It was not okay to take a break and I needed to snap out of it.
What did I learn the hard way? Several amazing words. Its okay to take a break!
Last year, I made over a 120 charms and miniatures for a huge festival in a matter of a month. Every day and night. Nonstop. When the day came, I was seriously so close to quitting. It wore me out and I didn’t like it.
Like the stubborn ”child” I am, I didn’t want to take a break, but my family told me it was okay to take a break for a while. And I did. For almost 2 months.
December came around and I started making charms and miniatures as Christmas presents. After that I took another break.
New years day/ my birthday came and I started a tradition 3 years ago to make my birthday cake as a miniature. I made a miniature cake and the best part, I improved with my work! It was the best miniature cake I had ever made. It was a great start to a new year.
If you ever get stuck in the same type of art block and frustration like I did, its totally okay to take a break! I know its rough. You could be like me, not wanting to walk away from it all and not taking advice. But sometimes its the best to just walk away from it for a little while.
But what if you post about your new clay creation on Instagram everyday or running a shop? The people who support you and your work will understand. If some don’t understand, they just don’t get that sometimes an artist needs a break. I was afraid that I would loose everyone that supported me, but in the end everyone was still there. It was amazing to see how many people understood.
Taking a break and having time to myself helped me decide what I wanted to do with my small business. I could either give up or try my very best and slowly grow my business into something bigger without getting tired. I chose to keep going and what I achieved has been an adventure. I designed my own website, I made 100 sales on Etsy, improved with my clay charms, AND did another festival without working as hard and had fun!
I still get art block to this day and I just walk away from clay for a while, but I somehow always come back with new ideas.
Thank you so much to those who take the time to read my post! If you have art block, I hope somehow you can learn from my mistakes. I try my very best to help out polymer clay artists. If you have any questions you can send me a message through Instagram, my username is Bluebirdminiatures.