Dear Fellow Crafters,
Creativity- it’s just a word, but it’s a word with a whole lot of emotional impact. Consider these 2 statements: “I have failed at rubber stamping.” and “I am a failure.” Wow!! There’s truth to the statement “If you say it, you must believe it.” But, I think that the best way to overcome a major block to creativity is to define it in a new way and to exercise your creative muscles.
The word creative can mean:
a) the ability to create
b) one who displays productive originality
We make “creative” choices every day. If you are a man, you choose what color tie to wear. If you are a woman, you choose your jewelry, handbag, shoes to either match or coordinate with your outfit of the day. You are confident in your choices.
In the artistic arena, if you flex your creative muscles ( practice creating ) long enough you will gain the confidence you need to create. There are two types of creative blocks. One is the inner critic and the other is the block of excuses. Which one(s) do you face?
The inner critic says in your ear:
- I’m not an artist. I don’t know how to draw or put colors together.” (That’s why “they” invented the color wheel.)
- “I’m not good enough.” (Remember, the journal is a story of your life. You’re not sharing it and you don’t have to prove anything to anyone.)
- “I’ll never learn the techniques.” (You can always learn in your p.j.’s watching an instructional video on your computer.)