How To Come Up With Artwork Ideas & Spark New Ideas!

How To Come Up With Artwork Ideas & Spark New Ideas!

– Have you ever found
yourself in a creative rut where it was difficult for you to come up with new ideas on what you could paint? In my last video, we were talking about the possible core issues
that are holding you back. So if you haven’t watched it yet, you can check it out
after watching this video. Because in today’s video, I really wanted to give you actual tips and
techniques that you can try out to really get your
creative juices flowing, so you can rekindle your passion for art. (buttons clanking)
Often times we just wait for inspiration
or an idea to hit us before we can actually
start creating something. You could spend hours or
days figuring out what to do but really just in our head. But what I personally
discovered from being uninspired and really unmotivated from time to time is the importance of the
act of doing something. It doesn’t necessarily
have to do something with you sitting down and forcing yourself to create something, but it’s also about doing
something completely different and away from your work, so a new idea can hit you. The act of just doing something else and giving your brain a break can really give you this
initial spark for a new idea, and then you can really
get creative with that. And whenever I feel like I’m in a rut, I don’t know what to do, I’m uninspired and I’m
questioning everything in my life, I usually just watch something. It can be a movie, a show, or just a class where
I learn something new. And lately, I’ve been literally
binge watching classes on Skillshare about all
sorts of different topics. I feel like I’m spending more time on Skillshare lately than on YouTube, and that’s why I’m super excited and happy that Skillshare is actually
sponsoring today’s video. If you don’t know what Skillshare is, it’s basically an online
learning community with more than 25,000 classes in design, business, lifestyle, and more. I’ve been really enjoying classes about how to license your
art and selling it online, but also classes about time
management and other fun classes that inspired me to really
think outside the box by showing me new ideas
and ways how to do things, and it literally helped me so
much out of my creative rut. I got so many new ideas. I can set myself new goals
that I want to achieve, and I’m super excited about that. So if you want to try it out yourself and get unlimited access
to the premium content, I have a special link in the
description box down below where 500 of you that
click the link and sign up will get two months for free. Now, apart from just being active and doing something to relax your brain, (buttons clanking)
you can also try to brainstorm ideas. I personally like to just
write down everything that brings me joy, that I like, and then from there I can
just mind map all the things that I associate with that. For example, if you like dessert, what type of dessert do you like? Where can you find it, how it is made? Maybe you can illustrate how it is made. And apart from the dessert, maybe you like something else like cats. Maybe you can draw the
cat eating the dessert, maybe the cat is cooking the dessert, maybe it’s, I don’t know,
maybe you can create you and the cat as a character
and you both make the dessert, or maybe you can just draw the dessert in 5 million different styles and the cat in 5 million different styles and figure out what you like the best. The goal here is to really
dig deep into what you like and what brings you joy, so you can bring it to life on paper. (buttons clanking) And from here you can
take this even further and break it down in smaller steps. For example, maybe you don’t know how to draw or paint a cat. What you can do now is simply practice and improve on things that you
would like to get better at. You will be surprised how
much fun it actually is and how much you can
improve in just one sitting. Now, you might go through a tough time where you just don’t feel
like drawing rainbows and butterflies and cats. I totally get that, but what you can do is use art to really get through that. It doesn’t have to be super complicated. You can really focus on shapes and colors that you associate with things
that you’re going through. You can see this as a sort of a therapy where you just let everything
out onto the paper. Which brings me to the next point and that’s giving yourself
time and permission to just play.
(buttons clanking) Sometimes we take everything so seriously that we even forget that
we once had fun painting. For me, for example, colors, shapes, patterns bring me so much joy. It’s so fun for me to look at, to paint. It’s just something so simple, but it brings so much joy to me. So what you can do is
actually giving yourself time to play and to grow. You can use shapes,
different colors, patterns, and just really play around with it. Sometimes when you’re just simply bored with what you have been doing lately that it’s really difficult to come up with something new that’s exciting to you. So you can take out all the
different art supplies you have and just really experiment. Don’t think too much just
play, apply paint to the paper and see some patterns, and
just draw dots and lines and really just let go and just have fun. I believe it’s really important
to give yourself permission to just create for the sake of creating, not really thinking about the outcome and how it would look in the end. And remember, there is
no right way to make art. The only wrong way to do things
is by not doing them at all. (buttons clanking)
Another issue that you might have is
having too many options. You have too many colors,
paints, mediums, everything. You feel so paralyzed that you just don’t know where to start. So what you can do is
actually to limit yourself. For example, you can
use only three colors, or you can only use one color, or you can divide the paper
into smaller sections, so you’re limited to only one small square where you can just play
and create something. You don’t have to feel like you have to fill the whole page with something. If you limit yourself,
you have to force yourself to think more creatively, and then you can step outside the box, think outside the box, and
create something completely new. (buttons clanking)
Another great way to limit yourself but still
be super creative with art is painting or drawing one thing but in completely different styles, using completely different
mediums each time. So again, think about what you generally like drawing or painting. Is there something that you really want to maybe get better at,
or you have something that you like drawing but you feel like you don’t like the style anymore? You want to expand, and then you can give yourself a challenge to paint that what you
decide on for maybe a week, two weeks, or even a month, but every single day you
use a different medium and a different style. For example, you can change from cartoon, to realistic, to abstract, using acrylics, I don’t know, watercolor,
pencil, everything that you want. You can also experiment
with different colors and color schemes and really experiment. The goal here is to just
really push yourself to create something
different every single day, but to keep it less overwhelming, you only have to focus on
thinking about new styles and ways how to draw something
without really coming up with new theme to paint or draw. (buttons clanking) If you follow me on Instagram
or watch my latest videos, you might know that I started
drawing a cat art series where I really explored
my passion, obsession. So I started, for example,
with different styles. I use a collage method and use watercolors and colored pencils,
and then I use my iPad, then I switch the style
of how I created the cat and moved from more realistic to cartoon and something more abstract
while also experimenting with different colors I was using. This helped me so much to not only try out
something new each time, but also helped me to
think outside the box to figure out what brings
me the most joy to paint. I’ve actually rediscovered
how much I love gouache. It’s so fun to use that I actually create a whole
series just using gouache. Now, remember, sometimes you
just have a bad art block where nothing really works and any tips, anything that you might
hear doesn’t work for you, and sometimes you just go through things that you don’t really feel
like creating anything, and that’s totally okay. I believe it’s important
to really accept that and let it happen sometimes, and instead of bashing
yourself for how you feel or how you can’t do something, I think it’s more important to accept that and to be okay with
that, to let it happen, and just to hang in there
until the phase is gone. At the end of the day, we are all humans and sometimes we have good days, but also sometimes we have bad days. And forcing yourself to do something isn’t always helpful either. So remember, don’t be so hard on yourself. Sometimes the best ideas will strike you when you least expect them. Check out the videos right here for more inspiration and ideas. I really hope this was helpful. Thank you so much for
watching, have a wonderful day, and I will see you in my next video, bye.

Dereck Turner

100 thoughts on “How To Come Up With Artwork Ideas & Spark New Ideas!

  1. makoccino says:

    Happy Saturday! I'm back with the second part of the mini series about how to defeat the blank page syndrome and how to come up with new ideas! All the things I share in this video always help me SO much! I really hope it'll be helpful for your too! In my next video we're going to paint with watercolors again and I can't waaait show you what we're going to paint! Stay tuned! <3

  2. Jaroslava Pleiลกe says:

    I don't want this video to end. Nooooo

  3. Sakhaoat Hossain says:


  4. Ishika Verma says:

    I'm loving this seriesโค๏ธ they are really helpful and I have actually started getting more ideas for artworks๐Ÿค“ thank you mako๐Ÿ˜Š

  5. Charley Wang says:

    I subscribed to your channel. My kids and I like your videos very much, and they also paint very well. My channel theme is: follow the painter to travel. Let's work hard together!

  6. WenKai_ๆ–‡ๅ‡ฏ says:

    Really love your channelโ™ก from malaysia๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ

  7. Timothy Peng says:

    This video came at the right time, I was having art block this whole week, so this was really helpful, thank you mako!

  8. karakeer y says:

    I love your videos โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

  9. Athena Stork says:

    hey makoooo <3 thnx for all the ideas i was so so happy when i saw the notification from you love you so much
    keep inspiring<3 #makoficationsquad

  10. Afroz Monjuri says:

    Hi sister ! love from a little girl.

  11. Mhitz Crizzel Reyes says:

    it helped me a looottt ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ i love you miss mako all the way here from Philippines ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญโฃ๏ธ

  12. Mar Ravana says:

    I really want to thank you for making this. I've had no motivation to draw for months now and after watching this I'm already ready to just grab a pencil and sketchbook and get to drawing again. Thank you!

  13. Anantha Leela says:

    Love you and your art i really adore the realistic eye cause you improve my shading skills love you and your channel ๐Ÿ˜˜

  14. Rucha Damle says:

    Nice video!
    I'm so happy that you make so many videos about art blocks!
    Love them๐Ÿ’•

  15. Chimchim bee12 says:

    All your ideas and tricks always work and help me thank you!!!!

  16. Sloppy says:

    I haven't commented on one of your vids in a while and I just wanted to say your great

  17. Louie Jay says:


  18. Kavita Tiwari says:

    You inspire me so much..Thank you for that.. But we are really missing the watercolour paintings

  19. Made by Dawn says:

    I never find myself in creative mud, but I found myself feeling alone because there's not alot of artist community in my country. What do u do when you want to reach out and the art community is isolated?

  20. rawan tharwat says:

    One of my biggest problem is even when i find idea it's application makes me stop. I have problem in which tech should i use , and second thing is art supplies because here is soooooooo expensive and when the result of my drawing doesn't look right i put blame on cheap art supplies

  21. Azra Ta says:

    Dankeschรถn, das war wirklich hilfreich :-))

  22. sweeruasr says:

    Thanks Mako for this video. This video has helped me a lot. BTW love your channel.๐Ÿ˜Š

  23. muskan says:

    You are beautiful and ur drawings are inspiring for begginers

  24. Diane O says:

    I've been in an art slump lately and finally forced myself to paint something and it was awful.
    However, 5:08 and 5:44 really grabbed me and now I'm more inspired to face the empty page again. I also love the idea of breaking up a page into smaller panels. Thanks for the tips ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Ameena Rizva says: is soooperrr..i luvd it.. #makotificationsquad ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  26. Aditi Gupta says:

    Your channel is amazing!!!!!!!!
    Thank u……

  27. -*twisted*- says:

    I just woke up, I looked at my phone, I see that she posted a video and Iโ€™m one hour late. REEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

  28. Atifa Nawar says:

    Yay!!! Part 2 is here! Waiting for this for a long time…thanks for inspiring me!! I love you!!โคโ˜บ

  29. praj Dangwal says:

    Love ur idea from India tooo plz make a video on painting a scenery with watercolor by using Indian products

  30. Basharat Khan says:


  31. Creativity is an adventure says:

    Thank you for this video. It really helped me a lot. I have been doing art for 3 years now and I just turned 13. Thank you for inspiring me to do more art. Hope to see your next video.

  32. Jensi Bhalsod says:

    I love all your videos . They are amazing . ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ˜Š

  33. DEEP PANCHAL says:

    I love your channel and all your content ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  34. PunnyMegan says:

    I have great ideas but I can never execute them ๐Ÿ™

  35. Sanjitha Bandi says:

    I love your channel you always give me ideas and I love your paintings!

  36. Chemagamer says:

    Does anyone else find her voice so soothing and calming? Love the new vid <3

  37. Besan Suhimat says:


  38. Sylvia Aguayo-Olivares says:

    Thank you SO much Mako! This was all EXTREMELY helpful!!! I love your channel btw

  39. AllynArtStudio says:

    Yes, I know what you mean… Youtube is a great place to get inspired… I usually watch a couple art videos and get all excited about painting! Love pastels at the moment.. check my youtube channel for some inpiration

  40. Eli C says:

    Thank you very very much! @[email protected]

  41. Angelica G says:

    Love these tips..I have my days where I suffer a serious case of artist block. It can be hard to think of new ideas to draw but eventually it comes especially if you randomly look at the page and start scribbling doodles.

  42. Leonid Trapcevski says:

    #makoficationsquad โคโค

  43. The Greedy One!!! says:


  44. Olivia Passwaters says:

    I think you are awesome and l really in joy watching all your videos and you really inspire me to experiment with different styles and paints thanks for all your help

  45. Teddi Matthews says:


  46. Karen Espenocilla says:

    Aaaw. Thanks Mako. I am already following some of these tips so the extras are definitely giving me the pick-me-up I need. <3

  47. Jenn Glow says:


  48. ๋“œ๋ฆญ์„ธ says:

    This really helped me rn ;-; thank you so much! Love from The Philippines ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ

  49. Snacc_Sacc_Man says:

    Thanks this was really helpful ๐Ÿ˜Š

  50. shreeya says:

    Hey #mako ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

  51. Yanuaradet says:

    Please translate Indonesia i'm not undestand

  52. Bottle of Arts says:

    You are perfect๐Ÿ‘

  53. Priya darshini says:

    You are seriously a life saver!!!
    All hail Mako

  54. Aashna Panchumarthi says:

    I usually just look up good watercolor paintings and try to copy them๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Thank you so much for these types of videos๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†

  55. Abdullah Parimoo says:

    Plz make a video on the best school supplies or the best colours

  56. sweet cookie says:

    Can you make a video on mandala ? Also your eyeliner looks amazing !

  57. Ray Abella says:

    Thank you!โค for your creative ideas

  58. Tahmina akhter says:

    Love your drawing

  59. CraftEva Creations says:

    Thanks for another helpful video mako๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™

  60. Gracyfangirl2020 says:

    lately I am working on my anatomy it is horrifying

  61. Imama Bilkis says:

    Hello mako,
    I am 12 years old have a dream for art and painting.U are one of my inspiration and u are one of the Youtuber i look up to all the time.Love ur videos. Love from Bangladesh

  62. Jayalaxmi Jatale says:

    Can you test indian acrylic colours

  63. Tracey Friedmann says:

    Great video!

  64. Fedra Falabella says:

    Hi! I miss the art journal session in your channel.
    Are you going to continue it this year?
    Love from argentina๐Ÿ’™

  65. DIY Mirha says:

    You are the best

  66. UNKNOWN Princess says:

    Love ur Chnlโคโœจโคโค

  67. ใ‚ผใƒญ says:

    Thank you so much for this video ;_; I've been struggling with this for the past… maybe few years. For me, it's because of my mental health, and being in a cycle of feeling not good enough, perfectionism, unrealistic expectations, comparing myself with others, and just feeling crappy. I know I do have art skills and it does make me feel good, but because of my mental health I feel like I lost that enjoyment and it's all just pressure and my unrealistic expectations :/ Whenever i try to doodle and get myself back in, i always just draw "the same thing over and over again"…

  68. May Loo says:

    I tend to go through cycles. Altered books, atcs, using acrylic paints, watercolors (paint and pencils), etc. My current passion are alcohol inks. Tried them on canvases, foil-covered atcs, and a bandana. My next project: using alcohol inks on yupo paper to create backgrounds for atcs. I am also in an art class where I am making an altered book – not like a journal but making pieces out of book paper to create a castle and, since my castle will be British, a version of the Loch Ness monster. Between my art class and youtube videos, I have more ideas than time.

  69. siMya says:


  70. Hello Skitzy_art says:

    Or the cat is knocking the dessert of the kitchen counter haha.

  71. Holly Montgomery says:

    Mako, I am being honest. You should make a podcast. I would love to sit down and just listen to it. You talking about art makes me feel better knowing that other artist go through bad times just like me.

  72. wheredawolvesat says:

    I have only been watching you for about a week. You have awoken the creative side of me again. I'm painting every night. I'm doodling on my grocery list. I'm enjoying it again. Thank you Mako. I look forward to growing with you.

  73. Paty Mendoza says:

    Hi Mako! Really good ideas, thanks!

  74. Gitali Baruah says:

    I love your channel

  75. TralliValli says:

    Am I the only one who feels like in the kindergarten with Mako as my art teacher? ๐Ÿ˜€
    You sound so soothing that I feel brave to make a mess on my paper!

  76. V Hamsini says:

    Thank you very much! I am really stuck in this problem now, but after watching your video I got new ideas. Very helpful ๐Ÿ‘

  77. SAN ART STUDIO says:

    Wow loved your channel and amazing work, totally enjoyed it… Big like and super thumbs up…๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ Wonderful video and helps with art inspiration…thanks for sharing and pls do stay connected.

  78. Sudais Sudais says:

    Great video๐Ÿ˜Š

  79. Haniya & Fatima says:

    Your the best watercolor artist ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐ŸŽจ in the worldโค๏ธ itโ€™s true pllllssss do a lot and more watercolor videos

  80. Riya Liya says:

    Awesome video โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ from India ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

  81. Anju Bala says:

    your way of explaning is wonderful. thank you so much for this vedio

  82. Azzu Paris says:

    Thanks for the great tips, Mako ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  83. TheCuriousB says:

    Thank you for so many great ideas โ€” I could have DAYS of creative fun using these prompts! Must know: Whatโ€™s going on ~4:24? The swirling colors and bright orbs are mesmerizing!

  84. zipporah Andrews says:

    WOW! This was soooo helpful! I can already feel the inspiration flowing in!๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

  85. Rucha Damle says:

    Also… It would be great if you did a video about productivity tips!

  86. michele johnson says:

    Just signed up for s skiillshare, thank you for the membership link and thank you for your channel, this is one off my favorite places to chill and learn and contemplate art.

  87. Green necher says:

    Thank you so much this really helped me โค๏ธ

  88. jun young Ahn says:

    Nice video! Thanks for the good advice. I saw it really well. Have a nice day~

  89. Danique van Eijk says:

    Do you use special paper for waterpainting

  90. Saqib Raza Mustafi sb says:

    I want to learn properly so please will you help me ๐Ÿ™‚

  91. Sunaina Shetty says:

    This video helped me a lot . Thank you๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

  92. Vanessa Guerrero says:

    hey! love this video!! I was on vacation and out of order, so I watch it now. Like your #4 Tip!! I want to try guache and oil but I am in love with watercolours ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

  93. Khan Mostafa Monwar says:

    Can i get some attention, please
    Dear macoccino and comment section ,
    I had a question and that is
    I have artist set of watercolor by Faber Castell which is in tubes can I squeeze out the paint and pour it into pans ?+ will it be useable after that? (Like I have seen many youtuber doing so ) your opinion is really needed.

    I am sorry if made any mistake in typing
    Btw, I am only 11 years and hoping to join this wonderful art world ๐Ÿ™‚

  94. Ellah Mae Mohinie Cruz says:

    Hiii! Pls make an app for us to see all your works. Thank youu. ๐Ÿ’•

  95. Ellah Mae Mohinie Cruz says:

    I get inspired in all of your works. I hope I can afford all my dream supplies, so I can start my work. I like painting, drawing too, but I'm focused on calligraphy.

  96. Dac Thanh Truong says:

    Do u what to do
    Do u what to do
    Do u what to….
    Do u what to do
    Do u what to do
    ( your music of your video )

  97. Malina 70786 says:

    this is the first time that i'm watching one of ur videos. im 12 yrs old and lately i've just been really bored and i absolutely LOVE art, so i found your video and it's really helped me think clearer
    your art is amazing and i have subscribed!1

  98. Miss Rapunzel says:

    You are my inspiration Makoโค

  99. B B says:

    I LOVE your cat series, can't wait to see more!!!!! โค๐Ÿˆโค๐Ÿˆโค

  100. Nemo Fish says:

    Iโ€™m really confused by her accent

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