The definition of creativity we’ve been exploring is:
The ability to imagine something that does not yet exist and then bring it into existence.
Last week I shared some thoughts about the first part of the process, using the imagination. You can view that post HERE.
Once you’ve envisioned a project, or at least a starting point, you have to turn the imagined into the manifest. You have to take the ideas and images in your head and turn them into a finished product. Some people can’t follow through with the execution of an idea, because they tend to get stuck imagining and re-imagining, trying to work out all the details ahead of time. For most of us, we can’t go from the imagined to the finished product without experimenting and letting the details develop as the project takes shape.
This is an important crossroads, for many people have trouble taking this next step. Here are some of the things that get in the way:
- Know-how: If your papercrafting skills are limited, especially if you are new to the craft, then figuring out how to get your idea on paper is very challenging. Many people give up at this point, and think they’re “just not creative.”
- Supplies and Tools: It’s too much trouble to get out the things you need to create the project. Or you don’t have colors and stamps and embellishments you like. Or your craft room is such a mess you can’t stand to try to find what you need.
- The implementation: Sometimes an idea seems great in your head, but won’t come together when you try to sit down and make the project. Maybe the negative messages in your head, or your perfectionism, or your fear of not being good enough stop you cold. Maybe you just haven’t had enough practice turning the imagined into the manifest. And maybe you just need to learn about elements of design.
We’ve explored a lot of these blocks in past Nurturing Creativity articles. Today I want to focus on the topic of design.
You could actually choose to never design your own cards, and just make use of other stamper’s designs. You can go to classes and workshops where not only are the designs all done for you, but the pieces are cut out and ready to assemble. Or you can go online, look for cards you like, and then copy the designs exactly, or with modifications to give it your own spin. For many people this is enough, and there is no reason why it shouldn’t be. You can come away with a lovely, handmade project without the stress of coming up with your own design. Anyone receiving the project from you will be touched and impressed by the fact that you made it yourself.
On the other hand, you might be one of those people who wants, and even needs, to engage in the design process. If that’s the case, then you need to learn the basics of design. Remember, this is a learnable skill!
For some reason, card makers seem to think they should know how to design cards. Some of us have an innate sense of design elements. Others don’t have a clue when they start. Either way, learning more about design will greatly enhance expression of your creativity. As with any skill, the more you practice designing, the better you get.
A couple months ago, I shared a video on The Rule of Thirds. Click Here to view the video. I'll be sharing more lessons on design in the future.
Meanwhile, go get stamping!
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