Patience, Ingenuity, Persistance and the Creative Process

Patience, Ingenuity, and Persistance are part of the creative processes of design.  

How do I know this?  From years of college level and beyond study and certifications?  No.  I learned this by looking at my own design process.  How do I move from a problem or idea to the final product?  

How often do YOU have an idea in your head, something you need or want, wish you could make, etc, and rather than figuring out how to make or design it, you give up because it will take time and thought, and patience. 

Without patience, ingenuity and persitance, anything you want to create will not make it to completion.

Aristotle said, "We are what we repeatedly do."

So with that in mind, it's time to start a project we've been putting off, work at it a little bit each day, from planning, to gathering materials, to working on it step by step.  The more we practice starting, following through, and completing a project, the more likely we are to succeed at the next project.  What better way to learn patience, ingenuity and persistance than through art and crafts?

Here is an example of a couple of related projects that took me patience, ingenuity and persistance:

I needed some ideas for my daughter's wedding shower decor.  As her wedding flowers were going to be sunflowers, I looked for sunflower decor.  In addition to the decor for the wedding, I wanted to keep expenses down, so I decided I could make paper sunflowers that would be attached to baskets, the gift bags, tossed on the gift table, etc.  

I have a Sizzix Big Shot that can cut multiple shapes at once from paper and fabric. But I could not find a sunflower die cut that I liked that would produce the look that I was thinking about in my head.  So I looked at the die cuts I currently had and came up with these to produce the sunflowers:

Most recently, I have been designing a fabric art journal. I thought a fabric flower would look nice on the cover.  Now rather than going out and purchasing one, I decided to make one with the fabric scraps I had on hand.  I knew there was a reason to save them!

I cut 3 of the same flower shape using 3 different colors of fabric using the flower die. 
 I then cut the zigzag circle from some soft fleece.

I stacked the 3 fabric flowers so that all the petals could be seen,
 then basted them together with thread and needle.

The final step was to attach the fleece circle to the stacked flower petals 
with carefully placed stitches.  With each stitch I added a tiny bead.  

back view

The fabric flower came out exactly as I had envisioned it.

Taking the time to figure out how to make what I envisioned took PATIENCE.  Using what I had took INGENUITY.  Following through with the idea took PERSISTANCE.

What idea do you have that you need to take action on?

Leave a comment below.  I'd love to hear about what you are ready to start working on.

Imprintably yours,

Karen Pruzansky

Multi-Media Artist
Certified Creatively Fit Coach


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