Tracie, from Cleverly Inspired, contacted me about participating in a traveling art project recently. I loved the idea of collaborating on something like this, so I wrote her right back and told her that I was definitely up for the fun.
She sent me a tube full of supplies and inspiration, and when I’m done with my part, it’ll travel to three more bloggers, and then back to Tracie in Kentucky. She’s going to hang the final result in her office after she puts her finishing touches on it.
Now I don’t know if this has ever happened to you when it comes to creativity and collaborating- but what started out sounding like a really fun idea, quickly became really intimidating. I stared at that big, blank piece of paper, on and off, for three days- just trying to come up with something that I thought Tracie would like. I did not want to mess it up. I questioned every idea I had, and I kept thinking about all the other participant’s styles. I started wishing I could’ve gone last, instead of first.
Then right around that time, I had a really bad day with a roll of bird and cloud-covered wallpaper, so I decided I needed to take a little break from all-things creative and paper-y. I needed to Clear my head…and start when it wasn’t so hard to start.
A few days later I remembered a line from one of my all-time favorite books…
“Just make a mark and see where it takes you.”
So I’ve decided to “make lemonade” by using some of the leftover, salvageable scraps of wallpaper that I couldnt bring myself to throw away last week. Yep. I’m “putting a bird on it” today, and who knows, maybe that “mark” will lead to a cut-out cloud or two, too.
PS- The book is called The Dot, by Peter Reynolds, and I wanted to share this post to (hopefully) encourage others that may be struggling to find the “art in start” right now. My wish is that you feel inspired to make a mark today, too!