We often grow up with creativity. Initially, it’s a means of keeping little hands busy. Parents and other caregivers put crayons in our hands at an early age. It evolves to paint, clay, markers, felt, glue, and later, glitter.
We find ourselves at tables with other children during our early education as everybody digs into various supplies to create our own individual masterpieces. We often spent hours at the task. Envisioning, elaborating, storytelling, or depicting our lives, dreams, and hopes through creativity and art.
There wasn’t a care or concern about whether we had talent. It was a fun and enjoyable excursion, an opportunity to play in a unique and different way. Sometimes alone, sometimes with friends or family.
We often leave this form of creativity along the wayside as we become adults. We’re given less access to materials, the time or space.
But it can be so good to do — and a great way to do it is to create your own home decor. Before you second guess your talent or scoff at your ability to make something you’d display in your home, think again. After all, great home decor — be it art, pottery, or other item — is always a little abstract, a little imperfect. In fact, a lot of people pay a ton of money to have just that from somebody else.
Art and decor aren’t meant to be precise, and talent can come in all kinds of forms. Hit any craft or art show, or shop on sites like Etsy, and you’ll see it.
You’ve got just as much natural born talent to make your own decor. Why you should make it isn’t just to have stylish home items at less cost. Doing so can test and shape your focus, calm nerves, force concentration and all kinds of other skills that we often neglect in an era of technology, fast speeds, and instant media.
Don’t forget that you can mix mediums, do collages, or even skip this type of format all together and take photos instead. Ignore the urge to be your own critic. You don’t have to be talented or make something that looks perfect. When you have the urge to be hard on yourself creep up on you, think about how children — including you during your own childhood — don’t care about such things. Keep going.
Once you’re finished with your item, display it as you would any other decor item for your space. Guarantee that not one guest visiting you will even know it was your own original work, and would be ultra impressed and inspired to find out it was.
Originally published at medium.com