I am sure that most bloggers, artists, musicians and craftsman have a common bond that is the joy received when sharing. For some, it may be very difficult to share their creations as they fear criticism. For others, the delight and enthusiasm outweighs the doubt and we are treated to their gifts quite easily as they paint, sing, write or dance with abandon. Most often, I am somewhere in the middle, usually listening to that self-criticizing voice in my head for a short time and then I will take the leap into the unknown. This a cycle of creating that I cover with a mantra of "you can't please everybody" or "not everyone will get what you are trying to express". From there I share either by blogging, selling, gifting or displaying and move on to the next creative endeavor. I have to give myself pep talks, repeat my mantra and slap my hand for wanting to just add one more little something or word edit. Do you see yourself in any of these scenarios? My only advice is that if you are afraid, don't be. Creative junkies like myself are out there just waiting to soak it up like a sponge!
Share and the joy you receive outweighs the fear!
So today, I delight in sharing with you what's been on my work desk!
First, I have the parts of a book that I am altering for an art swap. I found this awesome book in pieces ( I don't think I could tear apart a perfectly good book) and went to town creating drawers and embellishments that would evoke a romantic theme as required by the swap guidelines. We are given complete artistic interpretation and that made this a joy to work on.
|Great cover, eh?|
|Jewelry boxes used as drawers, and a cereal box to build their frame.|
|Chipboard covered with decorative paper, faux pages added and awaiting embellishments.|
|Vintage leather gloves, a secret key and a pearl necklace are highlighted by metal corners and clockface knobs.|
I love working on projects that have surprises waiting for the recipent and I made a paper flower with a crystal stickpin to hide in the drawer.
|A long forgotten corsage and pin hidden in the drawer.|
My endless hours creating, stalling and self-criticism gave way to sharing. It brings me joy! May it somehow make your day brighter or stir up some creativity of your own!
“You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening,
And live like it's heaven on earth.”
― William W. Purkey