Sometimes for us creative people, motivation and inspiration are difficult to come across. Think of it as a "writer's block" for artistic people, for lack of a better term. It is also important to remember that inspiration and motivation are two entirely different and separate things.
At the same time, we must also keep in mind that
inspiration can be used at any time, on its own; however, motivation
must have inspiration if it's to be acted on. Yes, it is sometimes
I have been inspired many times to start a specific
project, but lack the motivation to dive into it! I have also been
motivated to complete a project, but am not inspired by the materials
enough to finish it. Sucks, I know, but this is the way the creative
You will often hear artisans speak about their
materials and how the material 'speaks' to them. This is true in a way
that to a non-creative person will sound like a bunch of
gobblety-gook. As an artisan myself, I know that the material does not
speak to me in the literal sense of the word, but rather in a
paradoxical way. The colors may remind me of something important that
has happened in the past or something that I want to happen in the
future. The shape of my beads might resemble something funny to me.
The mix of shape and color could inspire me by making me smile.
Sometimes it's as simple as that. Sometimes it is not. Sometimes,
especially on a bad day, inspiration is impossible to find.
I bring myself out of the gray on a bad day? Well, let me tell you. I
have an amazing group of friends (web or in person) who have been my
inspiration at many a times. I also know that to climb out of a bad
mood, it is important that I find something creative to do, even if it
is the most menial, arduous task, such as sorting out a bead soup mix
and putting them back in their proper places. Sometimes I can bead
myself happy by picking up a really simple project or by using a
Another huge thing that I find inspiring and
motivating at the same time is teaching someone how to do what I love to
do. Not only will you have a partner 'in-crime' (so to speak) that you
can bead with and talk to at the same time, but you will also find
pleasure in teaching someone else how to make beautiful things, how to
use their own creativity, and how to use that creativity to bead
themselves out of a bad day.