Here at Craft Den, we want you to get the most out of your creativity.
A while ago, we came across this quote by Scott Adams…
“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”
A dictionary might define creativity as “the use of imagination or original ideas.” We agree, but we also agree with Adams. Fully embracing creativity and being creative means fully embracing mistake making. Who knows, those mistakes might end up leading to your new favorite piece or technique.
Accepting that mistakes are inevitable and a crucial part of the creative process frees up your mind to take chances and produce more original work. You’ll even experience amazing benefits along the way.
Become a Better You
At work, you fear your mistakes will get your fired. At home, you feel mistakes will make you look like a bad parent, spouse or child. In your craft room, you might fear wasting materials, messing up a tedious project, or going against the grain. Take a deep breath and release those fears. We believe that your home craft room is the perfect place to start allowing yourself to make mistakes.
- Ambition: Once you accept that creativity is a risk-free venture without rules or pressure, you’ll start feeling more ambitious. You might dabble into a new area like sewing or quilting. You’ll realize that making mistakes isn’t so bad and can sometimes lead to your best work or a newfound passion. Pretty soon, you won’t fear mistakes anymore. Your confidence will soar as you realize that failure is just part of creating and of doing. You might even apply to a new job or start your own business.
- Less Stress, More Joy: Letting go of fears and perfection lets you live a less stressful life. If you accept that when you’re being creative there are no rules, no pressure, and no structure, there’s nothing to stress about and no expectations to meet. You’re just left with less stress and more joy. Did your mistake-filled creation turn out great? Keep it. That’s art! Paint using fruit or try to come up with the next great art trend. If you fail, you’ll be fine because you’re becoming a less stressed and more creative person.
Enjoy a Healthier Life
Eating well, regular doctor visits, and taking certain precautions all help you live healthier. But, research shows that creativity helps too.
- Live longer: Openness is one of the major personality traits. Open people are willing to accepting change, new ideas, and new challenges. A study in the Journal of Aging and Health revealed that this quality leads to a happier and longer life. It found that it’s the creativity of open people that keeps their brain healthier and less stressed.
- Cope with illness: When you’re facing a chronic illness, your days might be filled with medicines, pain, regimented schedules, and doctors’ appointments. Art can help. Creative activities let you lose track of time, have control, forget about the pain, process emotions, and relax. Creativity also restores someone’s sense of self when they feel labeled by their diagnosis.
Save Money & Fill Voids
One final benefit that even surprised us! Do you ever find yourself driving to the mall just because you’re bored? We do this because we feel a void in our life and there’s nothing controlling our desire to impulse buy. Creative expression gives us control by being a stress-free, enjoyable outlet. Don’t fill your downtime with purposeless shopping; fill it with sculpting, drawing, or other crafting. You’ll not only save money; you’ll feel fulfilled.
It’s time for you to have fun and embrace mistake-making and creativity. To see where to begin, ask yourself these questions:
- Did you find your creative outlet yet?
- Are you letting yourself make mistakes? Why not?
- Do you set aside a time and place for creativity?
Above all... smile and let creativity happen. Once you've given yourself permission to make mistakes, magical things will happen. Enjoy!
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