All together now: Mistakes are fine. Mistakes are good. We learn from mistakes and they help us grow. Right? Right.
"Mistakes are good" has been my personal affirmation this week. I wouldn't go so far as to say I like making them, but I do recognize that sometimes interesting and worthwhile things come out of them. Take this "Welcome Swallow" blanket I've been working on. It hasn't been going terribly well. A new printing method I've been using has felt messy and inexact. The ink colors aren't right. The spacing doesn't visually balance. Just....Bleah. No matter how many times I walked away and returned to problem-solve, I didn't feel happy with how things looked.
So, the good side? I've tried out a new (potentially time-saving) technique and found it didn't work for me. What's the point of saving time when I lose even more trying to fix mistakes? Or worse, saving time only to have a product that I don't feel as good about? Better to go back to square-one and do things properly (if slowly.) Also, now I have a new blanket for baby Aya -- one which I can continue to use to test colors, inks and printing methods -- I'm sure she won't mind.
I really like the "Welcome Swallow" print on the blanket, so I've scrapped this one and began afresh last night. So far, so good. Nothing like a new beginning, is there?
In other creative spaces (not mine, per se) Solomon is loving getting out the paints this week. It's awesome that this has become a mostly independent activity -- he knows his way around a palate and brush by now.
I love the colors he's chosen. These have been put aside for birthday-card making. Lovely!
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