I am creative. It’s just a part of me. Everyone has strengths. I can’t sing (really! I cannot sing). I’m not a runner (no matter how hard I try). So, while I can’t do somethings I do embrace my creative side. It’s part of the reason that I think I got hooked on soap making. After I understood the basics I soon realized that I could create some pretty amazing soaps.
Every now and then though I sit there and worry what happens if I can’t come up with something new? I think this thought has hit me now because I’m restocking on my standard soaps and I don’t change up those designs. And some of them are “plain” (and I don’t mean that in a bad way…sometimes simplicity can be beautiful). But I look at them and panic. Or I sit down with my pad and pencil to sketch out a design for a new soap and my mind sees nothing but a blank page!
I’ve learned to step back and go browse the hundreds of pictures I’ve saved from other soap makers (who I admire). Or I go to my pinterest board and look through them and usually some idea is sparked. Even so, I still worry. I’m good at worrying. I’m working on four new soaps for winter/valentine’s day and for days I didn’t know what to do with them. Design…color…embeds…my mind was blank. I know though know what I’m doing for all four soaps and I think they’re going to be awesome and look really cool!
I think this will forever be a familiar pattern in my life. Stress and worry and then come up with something cool and go phew I haven’t lost my knack for design! I think this must be requirement for creativity though, because the same thing happens for me when I’m working on my creative writing. And the same thing would happen when I was working in architecture. So, I’m going to try and not worry so much and just sit back and see what 2013 brings this year for designs! And to give myself a little inspiration I decided to post again some of my favorite soaps of 2012 (you know, for a little inspiration!)