I have all these ideas for projects and patterns backing up in my brain because every time I start to work on one, I decide it looks like crap and scrap it. Then another idea pops up, so I start that one, and the same “it’s total crap” thought appears, and I scrap it, too. I’ve got a collaboration project I joined this month in order to get out of my routine, and I’m sabotaging myself by scrapping ideas before I even experiment with them. But scrapping my attempts doesn’t make the ideas themselves go away, and so they pile up in my brain, cluttering up my thoughts, waiting for me to find an outlet or create an end-product for them.
That’s the thing about creating. You gotta let it all out, even the crap. Sometimes the crap stuff is the necessary fertilizer for making the good stuff sprout. (How’s that for a metaphor- lol!)
I bought this book, Drawing Lab, this weekend because drawing is another one of those crap-making situations I find myself in- I hate a lot of what I draw so I avoid doing it, even though I want to get better, which means drawing more stuff I hate. This book claims to have 52 creative exercises to make drawing fun. I could use a little fun in my creating at the moment.
So I’m going to spend today having fun and making crap- crap drawings, crap pieces for my collaboration project, and whatever other crap falls out of my brain.
No expectations, just experimenting with ideas and materials and see if anything good grows out of it. If not, I’ll at least cleaned out some space in my brain for more productive thoughts.
I’ll let you know how it goes.
To creative crap making,