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I Wish I Was Creative!!!

Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having FUN.

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So many people have said, "I wish I was creative; could draw; could sew; could make things like you". Yes, I'm flattered, but I'm not special. Guess what? You can! 
 I can't draw like some artists who create beautiful masterpieces that could be photographs, while they doodle and dream and then ... draw! But one day I saw a picture and copied it, freehand. I was delighted! It was a good facsimile of the original and I have never looked back!  To draw anything decent, I have to have a picture in front of me. I've learned to tweak and change and tailor-make the image, but I can't do it "out of my head" - yet. 
 After that first copied drawing of a clown, I went on to draw my own version of all sorts of things! Sure I had disasters and frustrations when I couldn't get "it" right. But I persevered and practiced and learned. Yes, learned. I had a fantastic Art teacher, at school, who showed me techniques, shared tips, challenged me to "see" things differently, "do" things differently. She inspired me and helped me and taught me so much. The drawing above is one of mine - my Masterpiece.
 I learned to sew, knit and crochet at my Granny' knee -  at the end of a ruler she wielded in one hand! To get me back on track when I went off on a tangent you see. Quite effective, that ruler! What I'm really trying to say, if you go beyond my waffling on, is find a teacher. It may be a person or some kind of media. There's so much to choose from and many of them come free. But there are so many tips and tricks and techniques that can take you from "interested" to "accomplished" in an organised, sensible manner, and in no time you will produce your own masterpiece. 
 My greatest lesson has been to just "go for it". To experiment, and try, and fiddle around, and think outside the box. I've had wonderful hours of fun by myself, with my boys, with other children, and with adults. Other people have been teachers and encouragers and above all friends! Crafters have to be about the best people there are on earth! They love to share and exclaim enthusiastically over little things! Most of them are a little nutty, but absolutely delightful!
 i hope i"ve inspired or encouraged you to go ahead and give it a try

CatchCabby CatchCabby 56-60, F 7 Responses May 16, 2010

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Well thank you very much Staleywise, how kind of you. Unfortunately due to an accident 3 years ago and pretty severe head and eye injuries, I can't do it anymore. But I loved it when I could! X@

Sounds fun fr8train! Another fun thing is to sit in front of a mrror and draw your reflection without once lifting the pencil or looking at the paper! Monsters Ball! :D X@

Amen C! If you want to "wake-up" your drawing centre, try something different, copy a picture upside-down, then it simply becomes angles and curves, not a pre-conceived object you are trying to replicate. All little things like that. Fun! X@

I have never heard anything truer, just go do it, if it fails, try again. Too many people are afraid of failing at something new and they miss what secrets god may have placed inside.

Lilt, you make me smile! :) I've never had any art lessons, apart from school, and would love to do some. I want to paint, now that I can't draw any longer, but I live in the back-end of nowhere! Ah well.

The Heffalumps are from when I could still draw....

MDM, you're so welcome!

X@

People always say to me, "Oh, I can't even draw a straight line."

I say, neither can I. That's why we have rulers. And straight lines are kinda boring.



I have a wonderful art mentor, who has no problem saying to me...

"Lilt, that sucks. Put it in the pile with your other bad art and start something new."

Thanks so much for trying to help us and for trying to forward this extremely noble goal