There are times, when I sit down to start working on a new project, I not only have no idea what I’m planning to do, often times, I don’t know how to do what I’ve finally planned. Does that stop me? No way, Jose!
Don’t allow not knowing how to do something to stop you from doing it!
Chances are that your first foray into encaustic painting will be a melted wax disaster, but oh, what you’ll learn! I can imagine that trying your hand at knitting, crochet or embroidery with an online tutorial or DVD might teach you technique but not the correct tension (that’s something you learn by feeling and doing and not necessarily through instruction) — just think of the self-awareness you’ll soak up through your knotted, dropped-stitched, uneven, and wonky artistry! While playing with recipes to make them your own might give you a cake, it may be the kind of treat only the backyard raccoons would eat — but understand the experience you will gather and don’t take what you’ll learn lightly! Stay open and aware.
Continuing to work at something you already know how to do and of which you are proficient might make you a technical expert, but jumping into some creative area that you know absolutley nothing about, and flying by the seat of your pants, will help you grow as an creative person.
Consider throwing caution to the wind this week with the way you conceive, design, and execute some imaginative project (it doesn’t need to be the new Eiffel Tower, start with one small, little thing). It also doesn’t mean you have to spend money on any new stash (although that’s always a fun way to spend a day, it’s a waste of time you do not have and kills any expendable time you do have for your creative work), just be innovative and use things you already have.
Don’t want to stop sewing or rug hooking to try painting? Fine. Then try what you do best with a blindfold, or allow your least dominant hand to take the lead and see where that takes you. Flirt with creating outside of your self-contained box and see what develops. Yes, it may be a disaster the first, second or tenth time you try, but the creative rewards will be unimaginable and your fears of trying something creatively new and different will be laid to rest — for good!
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