I was talking to my husband the other day and our conversation prompted the following reminder and realization:
Some days I just wanted someone to give me a formula, a place to start that was concrete and manageable. Looking back, I'm not quite sure how I found my way here but I do know that it was a bit of a rough journey at times. The one thing that gave me any focus was the fact that I was crafting for my wedding at the time. And then I was trying to scrapbook my wedding. And then just crafting in general.
Along the way I learned more about what I like and am as an artist through my artistic fails. Here's what I do know:
- I'm not a knitter. I can knit. But I can't finish projects. Nope, no sirree. Not gonna happen cause I just don't have the self discipline to knit for weeks or even months. I have crafting ADD, don't even think about asking me to do something that will take that much focused attention cause it just ain't gonna get done! I'm always going to be the person who buys her knitted goods!
- I am not a fan of the cutesy. Cutesy stamps and stickers make me roll my eyes. It's fine if you like 'em. That's great. All the power to you. But don't send that stuff my way! I don't have any nieces to pass it on to and my nephews are more interested in cars and dinosaurs! Now, if you want to talk about geometric shapes...
- I can't draw a life like apple, face, or whatever, if my life depended on it. It's lovely that people say they like my art. But I know my limits and that's one of them. Maybe years of art courses would make it possible, but as of today, well.... On the other hand, if you have clear lines, I can probably copy it. I'm an excellent copier! And that's ok... because I can still be an artist and creative person in spite of my inability to draw life like objects and I can copy until I learn to make it my own.
I'm learning that I am a clean page scrapbooker. I love layered, shabby chic pages but hate the way my photos look on said pages. And well, I just never really know where to draw the line. And my art journal pages are more rewarding when they are layered and textured more than when they are full of images (for me). But there are countless skills that I still need to learn and may alter my thinking.
So I was wondering, where did you all begin? Especially those of you with no formal training. What words of advice would you give to people starting out, looking to find their creative voice?