There are many times, as a creative being, we know that we are technically proficient, but when it comes to the content of our artistic expression we freeze. Anyone who has ever picked up a paintbrush or a piece of fabric or a mixed-media notebook with the intent of creating something wonderful knows that they often times find themselves with an unused piece of fabric and a paint brush that only collects dust in it’s bristles and a mixed-media sketchbook that looks impressive as long as it stays closed.
Oddly enough, there are many of us out there whose pristine stash is more important than making the art they dream of. Collecting product is safer than producing art. Stacks of unused supplies, like an art or fabric store, is somehow more pleasing than the thought of cutting into any of it and finding the results less than perfect. Cutting into a piece of fabric ruins it. The first stroke on a canvas defiles it. Blotting a stamp into ink dirties it. Drawing in a sketchbook damages it. It all becomes self-defeating behavior, with any pleasure that you might derive from using the tools you own being put on hold.
Part of the problem with creative types is that we feel that whatever we produce has to be wonderful. Guess what? It doesn’t! We hold ourselves to a standard that no one else holds us to.
So, cut into your fabric. Paint in your notebooks. Cut strips for your hooked rugs. Fold your paper into kirigami shapes. Release any of the resistance you have about digging into your stash and actually begin using it, all of it (for good or bad – remember there are no judgments, just process), and embrace your creativity.
Let go of your vision of perfection and fall into the rapture of your creative growth and development. Let the time fly by and swim in the delight that is your unique expression of your art. Using your stash, and not backing down because you don’t know where to go with it or what to do with it, will allow you to discover the talents and gifts you didn’t know you had, and will gently guide you down the road to becoming the artist you have always wanted to become.
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