Rachel Garduno Okay I will so here it is, so I want to work in my journal but I can’t get in the mood or even have inspiration … So my question is what do u do when u r in a inspiration rut?
Sitting at your desk staring at your journal isn’t going to help much. I’ve had those days, when I just can’t seem to get inspired no matter what. Sometimes, you’ve got to let it be — sit with your inspiration but allow yourself not to work. I know it sounds contrary to what you should be doing, but a nice walk, a photo-taking session, or simple meditation can do a lot.
Or, you could grab the closest bottle of paint and squeeze some directly on the page, then smush it around. Do that with another color. See what happens. Slap your hand down on the page and mix with your fingers. Put on some music and just tap the beat in paint or paper or ink or whatever’s your favorite.
Showing up is the hardest part. It’s like a stalled car — give it a little momentum, turn the key, and let gravity take over.
Andrea Meyer Schmidt What kind of sewing machine and needle do you use when stitching papers together?
I have a vintage Singer, but have also used a new Singer and a Janome to stitch together paper. I don’t think the machine matters all that much — a friend uses a little machine meant for mending. The needle? I usually have a needle for thicker fabrics on my machine since I work with a lot of canvas. But I’m thinking you probably want smaller holes, so grab one for knits. This could be totally wrong — I’m just letting you know what I use. Just make sure to replace it every so often; needles dull, much like scissors, when used with paper much faster than with fabric.
Experiment and see what works for you!