If creativity is something we all have within us, then why do some people seem more creative than others? Why do some people say "I'm just not creative?" Why is it that some people don't trust that they can access the magic of their imagination and bring an idea into existence?
I believe it has a lot to do with our self-concepts, attitudes, and willingness to take risks. As we explored last week, it is all too easy to be discouraged from developing our creative sides without adequate support and encouragement from others–especially as children. Even as adults we are very vulnerable to opinions of others about whether our creative efforts are good or not.
Comparing ourselves to someone who does "better" work than we do, and then assuming we will never be that good, is a very destructive attitude to start with! Are there some people who seem to have an innate talent in the art of paper crafting? Absolutely! Does that mean you can't do what they do? Not necessarily!
I am blessed with that innate talent–with paper crafting at least. For the most part, iIdeas flow easily for me, I rarely get stuck, and I am pleased with my finished projects. Occasionally I will start working with a stamp set or a sketch and don't like what I'm doing. At that point, I switch gears–I change the colors I'm working with, or the technique, or just put it away and come back to it another day–anything to help me see things from a different perspective.
My sense of play is one of the best tools I have. I just experiment with an image or a tool, asking myself things like: How would it look if I used this color, or embossed it, or cut it out, or . . .You get the idea.
What if you don't have that innate sense when it comes to designing a project? What if you sit down to stamp and nothing comes to you? How do you get through the many blocks that can stump our creative juices?
Good questions. Check back for more posts on creativity every Thursday.
Meanwhile, go forth and stamp–joyfully and unabashedly!
Nurturing Creativity, One Stamp at a Time!
aka The Mad Stamper