I haven’t posted anything from my 365 journal in quite some time. Obviously, it is so far behind that it’s really not even a 365 journal any more, but I’m still determined to finish all 365 prompts. I believe the last page I posted for that was Prompt #128, so I thought I’d pick up the trail with #129, “What have I done over and over this week?”
I did this page a while back when I had a lot of work that wasn’t getting done as quickly as I would have liked. The result was a lot of late nights, so I took an easy approach to journaling this page and went with a doodle/zentangle. I used Copic markers for this project, and I had originally intended to do some shading/blending with them, but in the interest of time, I just let the page be.
I’m sorry to say it’s been a year since I got off-track with this project and I haven’t even come close to getting back into a regular groove with it. I’m really not even sure why. I love working in my art journal, but it seems like every page is so time consuming and I have to think so hard and work so hard at it that I don’t have time to finish it. I feel like these pages should take about 30 minutes to an hour, tops. But day after day, I sit here with the same pages and prompts, and I’m not sure what to do with them. I don’t want to call it a creative block because I still feel very creative, and I often know exactly what I want the page to look like. The problem is that I’m not always sure how to get the results I want and I wind up spending too much time trying to figure it out. So it’s more of an engineering problem than a creative one. I guess I just have to keep working at it, and eventually my block will become unstuck.
Question of the day: What do you do to break out of a creative block?