Somewhere along the way I had the idea that I couldn’t draw or paint. I don’t remember exactly where it came from, but I remember bits and pieces. I remember an art class in high school where we had mini pencil drawings for homework. We had to draw certain things: toothpaste, a pencil, etc. I could never get them perfect, so I never turned them in. Eventually I dropped the class.
I don’t blame that art class or teacher at all. I already had it in my head that I couldn’t do it and what I did do wasn’t good enough. Right now I can think of a hundred different ways to draw a tube of toothpaste to make it interesting. Too bad the adult me couldn’t go back and talk to the teenage me.
I had natural talent at music, so I focused on that throughout high school and college. I was good at it. I enjoyed it. I was passionate about it for a time. Actually, I’m still really passionate about music, but in a different way. I learned to play many different instruments. In fact, there’s a trumpet at Building Character that I just surprised myself at still (sort of) being able to play. (I was a woodwinds girl, but I learned to play as many instruments as possible.)
Now I’m an adult. I’m grown. I don’t really care too much about what anyone thinks of me. Several years ago I started making jewelry again in my own way. Some people get it, other people don’t. That is all fine and perfect. I’m at peace. I even draw designs before I make them sometimes - with no fear!
And it sat there. Unopened. Beautiful. Perfect. Unopened.
Then I was getting married. I handmade everything for my wedding. Every detail. I had a design for my invitations and couldn’t find the right stamp. My wedding was green (eco-friendly + the color green!) by the river, and in the woods and I wanted bare trees on everything. I couldn’t find what I wanted. Then it hit me: I’ll paint them.
I tried it and I loved how the invitations turned out. I also didn’t have a fear in the world that it wouldn’t work out. I knew it would be perfect and it was.
If you want a little help, check out my digital programs for some help. I’ll even virtually hold your hand - email me anytime if you get stuck! If you want to make dolls or jewelry, I’ve got you covered. (And I’m working on my next big project! All about keys! Make keys into all kinds of different jewelry!)
If you want to paint, grab some paint and paper and have at it! If you want to draw, you can do that anywhere. Right now, on a scrap paper with the pen laying right next to your computer. Stop now and draw something. It doesn’t have to be a masterpiece, but it could be.
It doesn’t have to be complicated or a big deal. What one little thing can you do to get started on your art path?
- Cut out a coupon for your art store?
- Pick up a pencil and draw?
- Purchase a design-a-doll digital program and read through it?
- Clear out a space in your home for creating?