Playing With Paper
When I first began stamping several years ago, I treated paper like it was priceless. In fact, I was so careful that most of what I ‘created’ did not feel very creative. One day as I made another card that looked very similar to all the others; a stamped image, mounted on designer paper and attached to a coordinating card stock, a friend who was visiting asked if paper was very expensive. “Not really,” I replied. If that was true, why did I treat my materials as if I couldn’t afford to replace them when they were gone?
I had been looking at cards on the Internet and in magazines for quite a while. Nothing I did had that ‘wow’ factor. What was the difference? I used many of the same stamps and bought a lot of the same paper. Maybe everyone else was just more creative or artistic than me. I started thinking about actually reading about how people created their cards, not just looking at the pictures. My first reaction when I read about some of the techniques was that artists were just playing with their paper and other materials.
I took a leap of faith and started trying some things. I melted crayons onto paper and stamped into them ( not the best thing I ever did). I played with some sprays, acrylic paints, fibers, recycled materials and almost anything that could be attached to paper. I started asking other people what they were doing and then tried my own version of their idea. As I followed my sense of adventure, I tried more and more different techniques. Some things turned out very well and some wound up in the recycle bin. The important lesson I learned was for me to be happy with my art……..it has to be MY art.
I have come to the place where I do not feel wasteful because experiementing with new ideas/techniques/found items is the way to grow. My creations may not suit everyone, but most of the time, they suit me.