Show Your Work and Share Your Progress

It’s already Day 4 of the Small Product Lab course! Today’s assignment is to … well, you read the title of this post.

What we did in the meantime: Decided on our first Small Product, outlined it, gave it a name/title, created a landing page for a newsletter, and wrote a Thank You letter for those who sign up.

Yes, I’m starting the Enermazing Newsletter (= related to my other blog) with focus on scrapbooking, card making, art journals, mixed media and other paper related crafts & techniques. Content: creativity tips and ideas and a small freebie for download three times a month. When I’ve gained a bit of experience with it, I might add a second newsletter with focus on quilting – but before I make any commitments let me see how it goes.

My Small Product is a tutorial for beginners, in pdf format: “5 Simple Steps to Getting Started with Word Art“. I chose this above other possibilities/projects I’m working on because word art is not only an amazing art form (just do a web search for images of “word art” to see what I mean), but also in general very useful for instance for one-of-a-kind images for your blog or social media, or infographics or posters, or for creating your own site header or logo.

As far as textiles are concerned, word art is very well suited for printing, painting or stamping, embroidery, applique and quilting (I’m thinking especially Trapunto) – or a combination of these techniques.

Word Art: Shine your light - have a sunny day
Word Art Doodle – original size 3″ x 3″ // 7.5 cm x 7.5 cm

Still, word art need not be elaborate and time-consuming to make, it can just as well be very simple, quick and doodle-y, like the one to the right. If you know how to write, you can create word art using letters, words, or quotes.

You can do it for a practical reason, for switching off or meditation, or just for plain fun. You could even paint a wall (think graffiti), or design/write a postcard or letter as word art, or a whole book, or … what else can you imagine? After all, it’s about nothing less than creatively expressing your Self πŸ™‚

Anyway, that’s enough about my work and progress. How about yours?

Have you got something to show or share that you’re still hiding from the world? What is it? If you hesitate, what are you worried about, what are your doubts? What could you do to dissolve them?

One of the great things about this course is that I’m not doing it on my own. Many participants have similar anxieties and questions, admit similar bouts of overwhelm and doubt regarding both the creation of products and their promotion. We help each other and also get great support from some ex-participants who know what it’s about because they’ve experienced it themselves.

It’s nice to be reminded that anxieties and doubts and hesitation are normal, just part of the process, stepping stones or weight training – but not obstacles πŸ™‚

If you like, write in the comments about what you are working on, where you want to get to, and what you see as your greatest hurdle at the moment.

Shine your light and you’ll have a sunny day!

Maria

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4 thoughts on “Show Your Work and Share Your Progress

  1. Word art is also popular on Facebook and similar social sites. People love to post thoughtful placards on their “walls”. By making your own, you avoid any problems of copyright and you gain followers who will repost your creations.

    1. Thanks, Martin! That’s exactly one of the points I’m trying to make (without mentioning the copyright issue – I hadn’t even thought of that) πŸ™‚

      Tomorrow – oops … later today I’ll post this image on my timeline. I think it’s about time I went to bed… zzzzz

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