7 Steps to Creative Clarity: Experimentation
I simply LOVE this step of Experimentation. You know why? Because we can get crazy, messy, and fun with it—with NO GUILT. Doesn’t that sound good?
You see, experimentation is really like a test (this is only a test) of our Creative Impetus to see what really works for us…in ways we’ve never tried before. Or maybe it’s a new twist on something we already love.
But it’s so much fun to find out what happens as we experiment! You never know when you’ll discover something that works so well, you’ll wonder why you never tried it before up until now. And that’s exactly where you want to be.
This is were Gold is found in our Creative Practice. Messy play gone wild!
Or if you prefer a more tame approach, just try something small that doesn’t feel overly risky, just a dipping in of the toe…
Are you ready? Let’s GO!
Below you will find **prompts and exercises for your journaling, art journaling and doodle practices that will help initiate some fun doing. EnJOY and give yourself permission to get messy!
**If there is a prompt/exercise you are not comfortable with, simply go to the next prompt. The purpose is for fun and clarity.
Journaling Stream of Consciousness:
Here is a list of phrases. Write them down in your journal. One at a time, respond with whatever comes to mind, what you associate with each one. How does it make you feel? (Positive/negative?)
“Staying OPEN to trying something new”
“Taking a Risk” (without harm to anyone)
“Stepping Outside the Box”
Here are a list of possible responses to each statement. Circle the ones that reflect how you feel or add your own response.
Confident Excitement Boldness Expansion Anticipation Fun
Fear Anxiety Trepidation Dread Contraction Overwhelm
Take one of your reactions and do a mind map, putting the word in a circle in the middle of the page and then write words or phrases that you associate with it. See what kind of insight you can glean from this exercise in connection with how you felt about those above phrases. This may give you a clue into any obstacles you may face in wanting to experiment and perhaps some ideas to break through that resistance.
It’s all about having FUN. What does that mean to you?
ASK: Do I Feel Stuck in a RUT?
If the answer is YES, then it’s time to experiment! If no, you can also look at what you are currently doing and see what you can do to freshen things up. Sometimes just a small change of order or technique can get you going toward new opportunities and experiences.
Write a list of NEW THINGS you would like to try that you are currently drawn to. Remember, there’s no pressure or obligation with this list. Just ideas.
ASK: What is Inspiring me right now?
Make note of any leads that come to mind.
Here are a few “NEW” ideas you may want to try:
path to walk
store to shop at
context of doing something you always do
direction to take for work commute
approach to a task
color for your art palette
color to decorate your room
sheets for your bed
color for lipstick, nail polish, house paint, socks…(the sky is the limit!)
Art Journaling Prompt:
Use a page or spread in your journal and honor the one new idea you have determined you want to try with your EXPERIMENTATION Step to Creative Clarity. Take fun notes on what plans you want to implement to make it happen. You can use the word Experimentation or Experiment as your focal word, and perhaps collage images of that activity on the page.
Use Experiment as your word prompt and just go crazy with marks on the page! Try some new technique or color or different pen that will help liven things up. Perhaps work with colors together you’ve never used before and see what you like and even what you don’t like. Take notes on why you liked it or didn’t like it.
Hint: Always remember not to have any EXPECTATION for the result when you EXPERIMENT. No need to judge yourself. Just have FUN.
Do you ever say to yourself, “I’ve always wanted to try that.”?
Do you ever wonder if something would work or what something would be like if you went with it?
Well, NOW is the PERFECT TIME to try!!
As we summarize the Step of Experimentation in the 7 Steps to Creative Clarity, I would like to share a word of encouragment and insight toward the benefits of Experimentation:
There are no Mistakes with Experimentation, no “error” per se. It’s all about seeing what happens, experiencing the creative process, feeling a different energy and seeing what works for you. Remember to be patient with yourself. New ideas, new approaches, new thought processes can all feel a bit intimidating. Break them down into do-able possibilities. The Smallest Shift can do wonders toward initiating a wonderful creative world you have yet to discover.
Note: You are welcome to share any Experimentation Discoveries below in the comments and/or on our 7 Steps to Creative Clarity private Facebook Group. I’d love to hear from you! And your feedback on the prompts provided is always appreciated!