Week Twenty-One

Feeling a little burnt out creatively? Here’s two very different ways to get you out of your creative funk.

Remove the pressure. It’s easy to get caught up in an our own ideas of what we think we should be creating, or what our work should look like. Comparison to others can get us caught in the trap of trying to make our work “good enough”. Shaking off those expectations and giving yourself permission to produce without purpose might lead to new creative discoveries.

Add restrictions. Limitless possibilities can be overwhelming. Sometimes adding rules and parameters when creating a piece can help us think outside the box to and come up with ideas we might not have thought of initially. This turns on the problem-solving part of our brain and forces us to come up with a solution.

What to Do

  • Remove all expectations of yourself and the work you are producing. Set a timer for 5 minutes and sketch something, again with no expectations in mind. Sketch whatever comes to mind, no matter how “bad” you think it looks. If you want to keep going, repeat this a few more times to make a variety of sketches and the choose one to color in.

  • Place some constraints on yourself for one or more of your drawings this week. Limit yourself to one or two brushes. Give yourself a limited color palette that you use for the entire week. Limit the amount of time you spend on a piece.

May Prompts


Is the weather in your neck of the woods getting any better yet? Last week we were cleaning up the yard, playing outside, and thinking of going swimming, but this week it’s pouring rain. 🤷‍♀️ This week we’ll be drawing some things you might have enjoyed on a warm sunny day as a child!

Week 21 | May 20-26

Outdoor Fun

Mon: kite
Tue: roller skates
Wed: wagon
Thu: sandbox
Fri: sports
Sat: bike
Sun: picnic

You can access each week’s prompts at makingarteveryday.com

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