There’s no need to be perfect to inspire others, let people get inspired by how you deal with your imperfections. ~Unknown
If you saw my post yesterday, you saw what my granddaughter had painted. Even though it was in a class with an instructor and other students, there were no two paintings that were alike. A few years ago, I taught a class on how to paint my Ever Watchful watercolor painting of a fox. You can read my original blog post here.
This was the first animal I had painted entirely on my own. I was taking a watercolor class in Florida where we stayed, but it was self-taught by students; and occasionally, we paid to have a professional come in to teach us.
As I taught this class, I created another watercolor painting of my fox, so I could demonstrate techniques throughout the class. Even my second fox didn’t look like my first (I kept walking around the room to help students and in the process, some of my painting dried in places before I could get back to work on it). But I still think it turned out great.
The point in all of this is everyone has their own unique style of creating, whether it be painting furniture, doing a craft project, scrapbooking, knitting, sewing, and the list goes on and on.
I know many of us tend to compare our projects with the one that inspired us in the first place, and when it doesn’t look exactly like the picture shows, then we tend to get disappointed or discouraged and think it has to be done over again or you’re just not good enough.
I taught basket weaving many years ago, and I had a student who strived for perfection. If she noticed something wasn’t quite right, she literally undid her weaving to go back to that one spot and correct her mistake; even though I told her that no one will notice it.
We all tend to see some of the mistakes we make in our work, but like I would tell my students…no one is going to focus in on your “little” mistake because they’re taking in the big picture of your finished project.
They’ll see that beautifully painted cabinet you did, not the area that you accidentally touched before everything dried. Or how your mosaic table top looks, not the too wide spaces between some of your glass pieces.
And besides that, everyone has their own unique style and techniques. These are photos of a few of my student’s finished paintings. They were all given a handout, along with a rough sketch of the fox to trace onto their watercolor paper; yet even with the me going around the class and helping them and demonstrating, every fox looked entirely different from each other.
As you go back and look at them, you’ll be comparing which is better and which needs more corrections, but if you saw just one and none of the others, you would love it as it is.
So next time you try to make a DIY project that you’ve seen on a blog or in a magazine, realize that no matter how you think it turned out, others who see it will admire your creation and work. Just remember that we’re all human and even the best of us, make mistakes. So quit comparing and just embrace your work for who you are.
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