Nurturing Creativity Part 7


Bulldog_Looking_Guilty_4587408 If one of your major blocks to creativity is that you think you’re not good enough, and that you can’t possibly make projects as beautiful as the ones you see on the internet, then listen up.

Usually this lack of confidence has nothing to do with what you are capapble of, and more to do with what you are doing (or not doing) to develop your craft.

Art class4999236 One of my customers told me,

"I don't get enough practice.  Each time I want to use a technique or a design concept I learned in class, I have to learn it all over again because I haven't used it in weeks.  Not only that, but I have to figure it out on m own because you're not there to show it to me!"

The solution?  More stamping!

  • When you learn a new technique, practice it many times while the lesson is still fresh in your mind.  Rather than trying to create a finished product, focus on experimenting with the technique and playing with all the ways you might use it.  You could start by just copying what you did the first time if you need to master it before exploring other ways to use it.
  • When you create a card you really like, make copies of it.  You will really hone your skills when you aren’t trying to focus on designing a new card each time you sit down!  Plus you will have a great stash of cards on hand when you need one.
  •  Dare to make mistakes.  When I sit down to play with a new stamp set or technique, I usually reject the first few pieces I make.  You don’t usually see the rejects, of course. What you see on my blog are the things that emerged as I experimented.  Each piece I reject has taught me something, and given me an idea for something to try next. 

Just so you don't think I'm kidding about rejects, I thought I would share some with you:

I finally got a version I was happy with, and used it as a background in this card:

Bella Toile Wallpaper

How are you doing with the blocks to creativity you experience?  Are you trying some new strategies to encourage your creative juices?  Are you gaining some new insights and ideas from these posts?  I hope so.  Leave me a comment and let me know what is working (and not working) for you, as that will help others cultivate their own artistry as well.

Now go practice!  Happy Stamping!

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