It’s a dare and yet it is a statement: Dare to be different.
To celebrate the letter D today, I focus on four key words beginning with the letter “D”, Dare/Different/Do/ Difference. All have deep creative meaning alone but when combined together, they can be explosive for creative growth in meaningful ways.
While reading, consider these questions:
Do you consider yourself to be different? How do you make yourself stand out? Are you one that makes a difference in what you do? Are you a risk taker or one that makes calculated risks? What would you like to do to grow from what you know?
To be your most creative, you have to be willing to get out of your comfort zone, take a chance and dare yourself. I am not talking about being a “dare-devil” in your actions and being unsafe to try new things, rather have the courage to experiment new techniques. Make yourself grow creatively.
While it is true that practice makes you better and more comfortable…practice can also keep you still in doing the same tasks over and over again. Balance the two tasks. Dare yourself to master a technique and then willingly go beyond what is known and “perfected” to find other ways to accomplish the same task or better it. Take a chance on learning something new.
This is something that I do in my studio often because I believe it is boring to see jewelry and accessories around us that are manufactured and look the same. Life is too short to be anything less than unique and that is what my art creations highlight: being truly one-of-a-kind.
In the land of CREATIVITY, being different IS normal. When you explore your creative side, you are anticipating that your actions and outcomes are going to be different and unique from any other’s efforts. You expect the project to be an experience that is like no other. You hope to grow and develop, learn, experiment, express and admire your creations.
Being different means that you are celebrating yourself in all your glory. You acknowledge your individualism and you can appreciate that others do not have the same views, skills, talents, tastes, values, knowledge, backgrounds, experiences, feelings etc. (the list goes on). We are one of billions of people on this planet and knowing that each one of us is different puts this truth in front of us.
Be different, there really is no other way or reason to copy another person. Do what you know how to do best when creating. Use influences to make yourself a better person in what you experience.
Well, what are you waiting for? Do what you have always wanted to do in a degree that is safe and legal. When speaking about creativity, do what you are afraid of trying, (at least once). I was a bit scared of working with a two thousand degree flame once but, now it is pure joy. I always wanted to make my own glass beads and now I happily do this at Club Creative Studio.
It does take some bravery to do some things for the first time but, accepting a failure risk is better than still wondering if something is going work or not.
Be the one that stands out. Be the one who is expressive. Be the one who is brave. Be the one who looks and acts like no other. Be the best version of yourself! Be the trail-blazer and innovator. Be the one that shows individualism and steps outside the lines. Go ahead it’s o.k. to color outside the lines!
MAKE A DIFFERENCE:
Find a way to make a difference for yourself and others by what you do creatively.
As an Art Teacher, it was obvious that I was making a difference in the classroom. When student’s skills developed or they learned of something new or interesting or relatable, their actions declared that they were setting themselves up for art awareness, art appreciation and artistic endeavors utilizing their God-given talents. It was very rewarding to foster and encourage student creativity.
When I first started creating art for myself, I quickly realized that I wanted to share my time and talents with others. I knew that I could make a difference in this world by using my art in a variety of ways. I know that I create art with value and appeal. I know that what I create is shared and appreciated. I know that my art is hand-made with love and is one-of-a-kind just like the individuals I create for. I know that I create items that gain emotional attachments and are a testament to technique and support of the creative spirit. This is why I know I make a difference through my art.
There are many reasons why people “pay it forward”. It is for the love of art that I create, instruct, donate items, and gift art to others. There is always some way that you can make a difference with your art and creativity. I hope that you can find a way to do this and spread the word of your talents.
Club Creative Studio is proud to be supportive of those who “Dare to be Different” in their artistic journey. Please visit the blog again to learn how to further foster creative ways. It’s my mantra to BE CREATIVE EVERYDAY so I am happy to share future information with this topic in the forefront.