Hello to You!
We talk about creativity a lot but did you know that it’s actually a process with steps that can be learned and understood?
Yes! Creativity isn’t some magic and elusive mist. The creative process is available to you and the more you understand how it works, the more you can use it in your own creations. Here’s a handy printable version.
The Creative Process
The whole thing starts with a question, problem or challenge in your life. Maybe it’s a page in your art journal that needs – something. Or, the storage in the garage just isn’t working. Sometimes you wonder if there’s a better way to do this.
These are all starting points into the creative process which works pretty much the same no matter the size of the project. It’s just the length and number of times through the process that change based on what you’re doing.
The investigation phase sounds boring but it’s when you’re collecting ideas and other information about your project. This part is usually fun and exciting – and may involve Pinterest and Instagram!
I like to think of this phase as the black box of creativity. It’s a quiet time when you’re not actively searching for a solution, just mulling everything over. All the information and ideas you collected are there but they need time to form and mature.
Because this phase involves both the conscious and subconscious minds, you may not be fully aware of the process. This is the part of the creative process that is most easily disrupted with distractions, hustle and hurry.
The classic Aha! moment. An idea has bubbled up to the point of being consciously grasped and often seems to come out of nowhere. These ideas frequently come at times when your mind is diverted but not wholly absorbed – driving, in the shower, etc. The biggest challenge is capturing the idea before it dissolves, so write it down!
Now you can examine that shiny new idea and see if it works. Try that odd color in your page layout or move the furniture around and see if it’s going to solve the problem. Don’t be afraid to tweak and change the results because that’s part of the process too. These starts and re-starts cycle back through the prior steps in tighter circles as you close in on the solution.
Finally, after a few tries and maybe even a total do-over, you have your finished project. It almost never looks like the idea you started with but is a fully formed creation that has never existed before. Time to celebrate!