Ways to Avoid the Blank Collage Canvas Panic

Art - Basic Art
By: TerrieB    
03-Jun-2013

Introduction:Every artist has a day when his or her muse flutters out the window. Staring at a blank, white background often creates a blank mind. It is a nemesis that will sap your artistic strength. Here are some ways to jump-start your art session.

  • 01

    Get the White Out

    Mix up some paint and start slathering it on the canvas. Don't like the look? Don't worry. You can paint over it, but the physical act of using the brush and paint often draws the muse back into the room.

  • 02

    Pre-Prep a Few Canvases

    If you are a collage artist, having a few pre-painted can help you coax the muse back. Often looking at a pre-painted canvas can inspire you to slather some color onto a blank canvas. Other times, the prepared canvas becomes the base for a new creation.

  • 03

    Lots of Little Muses

    When you are in a creative mood, make several artist trading cards of ideas for future projects. Or experiment with different colors, textures, designs, and other elements. Store these little canvases for days that your nemesis scares your muse away. They can be small pieces of canvas, poster board, or even index cards.

  • 04

    Walk Away

    Okay, your muse has taken a break so maybe you should, too. Use this time to look at inspiring photography, wander through a natural area, or even exercise. Albert Einstein took catnaps, which often resulted in his best Eureka! moments.

  • 05

    Scribble

    Set the brush and paint aside and pick up a pencil with your non-dominate hand. You hold and use a pencil differently than a paintbrush. This, plus using a hand you seldom use, triggers different brain signals. Don't edit your work. Sketch freely, even if it is abstract in nature. Soon your muse will tiptoe back into the room to see what exciting thing is happening.




Final Thoughts

Oh, that blank white nemesis that is staring at you. And your protective, nurturing muse has floated away. Don't despair. You can have a creative session and coax your muse back. Just have patience and try some of these techniques.




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