Time to heat it up and throw your thinking away.
Thinking gets in the way of doing. Are you thinking yourself out of making something today?
I’ll guess often you look around your crafting supplies and either 1. Feel inspired, or 2. Feel overwhelmed.
You are thinking yourself right out of creating. You think about making something all the time, but how often do you actually create? If you love crafting, but are not making something artful, ask yourself why.
The nature of the human mind is to know much, control much, to first understand all of the how, before proceeding. Too much thinking overrides the naivety of the free mind of exploration, leaving you stuck in first gear with no fuel to further engage.
For example, you have a special event rapidly approaching and you know a hand crafted greeting card would be so much more meaningful. You look around your pretty colors of paper and ribbon thinking about the colors that would be perfect for this special someone. Feeling inspired, you start to pick two colors that “go” together. But then you hesitate. “Would that be too high of a contrast? Are they boring? What if the intended person hates that color?” You end up thinking yourself right out of making a card.
Have you picked up on where I am going yet? I am saying: stop thinking and do something. Thinking has its place, most definitely! But our thinking can stifle our creating art. What you think is just a small piece of the puzzle. Who you are inside is already wonderfully artful.
Let your other senses come into play. When colors and shapes spark a feeling of excitement and joy, go with it first before you think too much. Thinking will come as it is needed for the mechanics of the project.
(Disclaimer: Think safety always! Do not run with sharp objects!)
Here is a challenge for you. Listen to your heart and pick some supplies out of your art stash. Abandon ideas of what you should be working with today. Gather the elements, colors, tools that create even the smallest spark of joy. Bring them into your work space. Begin to see without a plan. Like a young child, allow your imagine to see what could be. What takes shape? Give your mind a chance to see what is happening. Move a combination of colors and patterns, allowing pieces to catch your eye. The natural design will start to take form as you look, rather than think how it is supposed to be. Now, you have elements that look happy to you and you may apply the task of working up a card, or what you wanted to create. It is an exercise to allow your fun creative side to play first before you think yourself out of making a card in the first place.
The same idea works for scrapbooking and sewing as well. Find your photos from which you want to make a layout, and then allow your eyes and hands to find options for building a page. Feel the elements. Allow your senses to find what feels joyful to you. If you are creating something with fabric as an art piece the field of objects isn’t limited to needle and thread anymore, there is glue too. If you can imagine it, you should give it a try. Give in to your eye for art, rather than thinking it and never starting.
Acquiring wisdom and skill are tricky. You can’t “think” you have wisdom and skill. They are developed over time. These aspects come from doing over and over. You are an artist, whether with paper, fabric or the written word. Get busy and create something from what you feel, block the logical thoughts that may be hindering your spark of creativity.
I ask you to “bookmark” this post and return to share your results – good or bad – so others may benefit from your fight to not let thinking stop you from creating.
Sharing ideas brings valuable insight. We all benefit and learn from what others create. I sincerely hope you will share anything that this post may have sparked.