Do you fear the word “Artist”?
Are you afraid to call yourself an Artist?
Do you dabble with crochet, knit, watercolor, oil painting, acrylic painting, writing of any kind, jewelry making, photography, multi-mixed-media or any other creative outlet?
You my friend are indeed an Artist.
My own creative journey started when I was 17 and pregnant with my first child. Crochet was my hobby of choice. I started with doilies, placemats and blankets and 22 years later I have created a variety of crochet works. Over the years I also explored various creative avenues like scrapbooking, jewelry making and pyrography.
But I never really considered myself an artist until I endeavored on m pyrography journey. It was as if working with yarn was not worthy of being called an artist. But don’t I create amazing character hats or star wars toy set or even stuffed animals? Yes, of course I do!
It took me quite some time to listen to my own voice that of course I am an artist. I can create amazing things with yarn and yes I wood-burn creating images on wood like a painter uses canvas, pigment and brushes.
So in whatever creative endeavor you are feeling home be it with pen and paper, computer and photoshop, wire and beads … its all art .. its being creative and using a set of skills to make something fabulous.
It’s mind-boggling that we fear simple words and that we do not make proper use of it. Of course if you don’t want to use the word artist, well don’t! I know that some prefer the word creative… choose whatever calls you … but whatever it is do not be afraid!
You are worthy to call yourself Artist or Creative… this is no longer just about painters or sculptors. If it’s in you to create books, jewelry, paintings, art on wood, whatever the case may be.. repeat after me:
I am an Artist!
How did that feel?
What did that invoke within you as you said those words?