I have always had a hard time understanding when someone mentions that they are not creative or not crafty. Perhaps because I have always been creative and being crafty or learning new things is something I’ve always enjoyed. Whatever you believe religiously, you were created or evolved into being. How could you not believe that you possess creativity? You embody it, as does the entire Earth, you’ve only to use it for it to flourish.
A couple of years ago I wrote a post about cultivating creativity. I believe it still applies and is helpful today. Creativity is a skill. Unless you are born a savant it will take time and practice to learn something new. Scrapbooking, photography, knitting, DIY projects or carpentry, all take time and effort to learn, but can be oh so enjoyable even while doing it badly.
Over the years I’ve noticed three stages to creativity and learning something new. The first stage is where you are copying someone else and the result is not so amazing- a necessary first step. Stage two is where you may still be copying others, but you are improving and perhaps you add your own twist and begin exploring other avenues and trying new things on your own. The third stage is where the magic happens. During the third stage you begin original works. You’ve learned the skills needed, you’ve figured out what you like and don’t like and you’ve come upon an idea that no one or not many people are doing or doing well. When you begin this stage you have confidence and are willing to take risks. You’ve put in the time and effort and are seeing the fruits of your labor.
When I began this blog I was just beginning stage two. I wondered if I would ever create something original or if I would continue to always put twists on someone else’s great idea. There is a place for that; seconding someone else’s great idea is beneficial to many, but I yearned to create something completely my own. I’m starting to see that with my wreaths. I love making them and can take pride that they are completely me.
Handlettering? Stage one. Totally, not great, copying or just plain doing it badly, but guess what? I’m enjoying the process. I hope to do an ecourse soon and continue to do the #52handlettered Instagram challenge. It’s fun to learn something new. I really like watercolors and dabbling with different brushes and pens. I usually end up making little doodles after practicing and playing with how the colors go together. It’s child’s play, but it’s so enjoyable. Best of all it’s simple to set up and clean up and the kids join me sometimes too. What are you learning lately? How are you stretching your creative wings?