Welcome back! Thank you for joining me as we continue with My Creative Journey. Last time, we took a look at a very awkward phase as I tried to find "my style."
I played around with lots of different approaches, techniques, and ideas... trying to find a pair of comfortable scrappy shoes.
All the while, I was uploading these awkward attempts to the the gallery over at Two Peas In a Bucket. What a glorious place for inspiration! But, I must confess, I became a bit too interested in how many times my layouts were "liked" or bookmarked. Inspiration abounds, but so do feelings of inferiority, if you let them. I was letting it.
I noticed that some of my awkward layouts were bookmarked more than others and well... I liked getting bookmarked. See, I had let go of the idea that my art had to be sellable. However, I still really wanted people to like it!
So, I started paying attention to the high heels of the gallery. The fancy layouts that everyone liked and was bookmarking. And, I imitated things I saw.
I scrapped things like this:And this:
And even this:
I really like all of the above layouts and they still make me smile. I reigned the techniques in a bit but, they are lacking "me." So, I took off the high heel shoes and decided to try on some sandals. A bit more breathing room.
And I scrapped the layout below. This layout is still one of my favorites today. I took major inspiration from Jen G.'s layout here as well as Piradee's layout here. I had so much fun making it my own and playing with lots of different bits and pieces!
And then I scrapped this. I got a bit more free with things like messy stitching, random bits and pieces, and a cockeyed photo, but those sandals still felt too tight.
And then this layout came along. I loosened the straps on the sandals and mixed some collections here, getting a bit more comfortable...
And, I got lots of bookmarks. I felt really good. I felt like people liked what I was doing and while that shouldn't matter, it gave me a huge sense of confidence. A confidence to take off those shoes and go completely barefoot!
We'll see what that looks like next as we are almost at the end of this chapter in My Creative Journey...