First thing I want to say today is a big thank you to everyone who left comments last week to let me know that they read and benefit from these creativity posts. It helps to know I have an audience!
Often when someone doesn’t feel confident in expressing their creativity, it’s not because they aren’t creative but because they lack the skills they need to express what they want to create! Learning skills and gaining confidence in those skills is imperative to unlocking your creativity.
How do you develop the skills you need for the art of cardmaking and paper crafting? Any way you can! Here are a few ideas:
- Let the experts show you! Take classes, watch videos, and purchase tutorials from paper crafters whose work you admire. Visual learning opportunities are best–you have to see techniques demonstrated in order to learn them. Words just aren’t good enough!
- Have the right tools for the techniques you use. You will gain confidence much more quickly when you have the tools you need. Don’t scrimp on quality—you’ll be sorry when the tools don’t perform properly and don’t last! Start with a good basic set of tools, and add the extras as you find you need and can afford them.
- Practice, practice, practice. I think I’ve said that before, and will probably say it again. Developing new skills requires frequent repetition to set the patterns in your hands and brain! You wouldn’t expect to feel confident playing a musical instrument if you didn’t practice. Likewise with paper crafting. The good news? Practicing paper crafting is a lot of fun!
Don’t let lack of skill make you think you can’t create beautiful projects. You will find plenty of technique videos and tutorials here at Stamping Madly and on The Mad Stamper YouTube channel. Please feel free to let me know if there are techniques you’d like me to demonstrate. I love teaching and making videos for all of you!
Now go practice getting your fingers inky! Happy Stamping,
Nurturing Creativity, One Stamp at a Time!
aka The Mad Stamper
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