Week #1: Admitting our Fears
I am excited to say that Technique Tuesday is embarking on a new path because “techniques” come in all shapes and sizes!
For the past six months, I have posted a variety of creative techniques that can be integrated into all kinds of artistic mediums: mixed media art, collage, scrapbook layouts, art journaling, etc. While the techniques have been wonderfully well recieved (thanks to many of you posting links and referrals on your sites and blogs!), I couldn’t help but listen to what I kept hearing week after week:
“I’d love to try this technique when I have some time…”
I’ve been listening…and more than that…I understand what I’ve been hearing. I understand what “some day” means because I struggle with the same things you do…too little time and too much to do. HOWEVER, I also know the truth that lies behind these statements…and I think that it’s “I’m afraid.” And since it’s not very easy to say, “I’m afraid to risk my time, to try something new”, I’m going to do it in a variety of ways…see if any of these sound familiar to you:
- I really want to just get something “done”
- I can’t think of what to do right now
- I don’t want to waste my time right now trying something new
- I want to create something I know will turn out well
So what does all this come down to? Fear.
- fear of not getting something “finished”
- fear of not choosing the “best” option
- fear of feeling like we’ve wasted our time
- fear of possibly creating something we don’t like (ugly!!!)
I know how easy it is to stay in our comfort zones and come up with a number of excuses while complaining that we don’t know what our “style” is or that our work “isn’t getting noticed”. But tell me, how can one possibly know their style or get their work noticed if it looks like everything else out there? If you recreate something similar to what you know you can already do, or “scrap-lift” something that is already out there and admired, that may be easier and safer…but are you fulfilled by the creative process?
I’m thinking that the question then is not whether we have the time to try something new, but rather…do we have the courage to try something new?
I believe you do…so let’s do it together!!!
In the coming weeks, I’ll be pretty much flying without a map…travelling down the road alongside of you, helping to combat the variety of fears that rise up in us when it comes to facing and creating on the blank page, canvas or cardstock.
Week #1 Exercise:
What are you most afraid of? Write down as many fears as you can think of when it comes to creating. If you are having a hard time thinking of your fears, instead try thinking of what challenges you when it comes to creating:
do you have a hard time getting started?
do you worry about whether your art/page/layout is “good enough”?
are you happy with what you’ve created no matter whether anyone else likes it?
do you have a hard time knowing when a piece of work is done?
Feel free to post a link to your answers if you’d like…I will post mine in a few days.