When everything is going wrong, sometimes it doesn’t just feel like a storm that won’t pass…sometimes it feels like you become the rain. And if it were to suddenly pass, you wouldn’t exist anymore without it.
So I decided to start participating in the Index Card a Day art thing. The idea is to create art every day on an index card — anything. It doesn’t have to be good… it’s just supposed to get the creative juices flowing and make you *make* something every day.
So here are a few I’ve done!
Late post of my Mother’s Day gift for my momma. Trying something new. Metallic DMC floss, embroidery hoop painted silver to match (hard to see in the pics, I know.
Another little Love Beastie up for adoption… this little one is nursing a broken heart and needs some extra love!
Aww, thanks! ^_^
Originality (or lack thereof) is a worry that is almost always at the back of my mind — and sometimes right there up front. The amazing explosion of sites like Etsy, Ravelry, DeviantArt, etc, is both a blessing and a curse, in a way. Suddenly we have an extraordinarily vast source of inspiration and can see unique things we never would otherwise. At the same time, it can perpetuate that sinking feeling that everything worth doing has already been done.
To answer your question, I do a couple of things. One, I follow a lot of other artists on Tumblr, Facebook, Etsy, etc and just look at all the stuff they do that I like. And I try to figure out why I like them, which pieces of their art I like, which pieces feel like *me*. So when I make something, I feel like I have a better idea of what is “me” because I’ve been consciously thinking about it. Maybe I’ll take something that’s already been done, but tweak pieces of it to make it more “me”.
The other thing I do is more a state of mind, I guess. I’ve tried to worry less about individual pieces and more about the stuff I make as a whole. Maybe each thing I do isn’t the most original thing that’s ever been done, but the unique combination of all the things I’ve made represents who I am as a designer. It’s hard to make one thing that’s more original than anything else out there… but it’s much easier if you think about it as a portfolio telling a story, with all your pieces together painting a larger portrait of originality.
And then sometimes I don’t worry about it at all and just make something I’d like to have myself, without bothering to look and see if someone else has done it… because sometimes it doesn’t matter :)
Little love devil! He wants to give you a hug. Be careful with him around your chocolates, though. He likes to bite the heads off of Easter bunnies and hoard Nestle Crunch bars.
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Made this little Hobbes for my friend whose son is named Calvin (so cute, right?) — you can make your own with Ann Stiver-Balla’s free Ravelry pattern!