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There are plenty of ways to get creative without using a computer. Here are some top tips for developing the ideas you have, or for inspiring new ones:

General:

For Firing out Ideas:

For Making Quick Decisions:

For Mixing Up Ideas:

How to make a creative space

Your creative space is where you generate ideas, put them together and make them into something real.

The ideal space
Your ideal space needs to support, inspire and reinforce your creativity. It should help you to focus on your projects by offering the maximum stimulation and the minimum distraction.

Think about your space size, accessibility and whether you need the flexibility to leave work-in-progress without having to pack it away and clean up.

Finding space to be creative
No room at home? There are ways to find free space.

Ask around to see what's available . Try youth clubs, church halls, schools, colleges and local arts organisations.

Try sharing space with other people. That way you cut costs and meet other creative people who might inspire you.

Try breaking down what you need to do into categories (things you can do in your head, sitting on the bus or in your bedroom. Are there things you need a big studio or rehearsal space for? Then, organise your tasks to fit these spaces. You may not actually need a big space at all.

If you're stuck for space, try to modify your project to fit what's available. If you don't have room for a large sculpture, make a small-scale model. You could even use the model to show people your work and persuade them to give you space for the big one!

Making the space ‘creative’
Think about where you work best. What helps you be creative?

  • well lit or dimly lit
  • noisy or quiet
  • cool or warm
  • working alone or with others
  • space to move around or not
  • tidy or cluttered
  • time of day: morning, afternoon or evening
  • private or public/communal
  • indoors or outdoors
  • handy food/drink supply or an excuse to take a break and walk to the kitchen

Now you've got an idea of the type of space, make sure you've got the right tools and resources to hand. Here are a few suggestions:

  • idea traps: pencil and pad, computer, diary, dictaphone, index cards, pinboard
  • workspace and work surfaces: desk, table, easel, floor space, armchair
  • plastic pockets or pinboard to hang on your wall to hold inspirational images and articles.
  • bookshelf
  • CD player/radio
  • stimulus: plants, pictures, outside view, sculptures, toys, pets
  • specific tools for your project: easel, camera, ballet bar, etc.
  • suitable lighting, do you need a good source of natural light or dark room lighting?

Picture your ideal creative space. Think about how you might modify it to make it even better. Draw a picture or sketch a floorplan. Write a description of what the place would look like.

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