I repeat that phrase to myself on a regular basis. I tell myself to lighten up when I’m starting a new piece of mixed media, when I sit down to draw, or when I’m about to have a meltdown.
Sometimes you just need a reminder not to take life so seriously.
If you get anxious when you start a new piece of art, your creativity will be squashed. You don’t want to confine your artistic talents into a small box. Instead, you want to allow yourself room to grow and make mistakes.
When you feel that inner critic creeping into your thoughts, ask yourself, “What’s the worst that can happen if this piece of art stinks?” Seriously. You’ve wasted some money on materials, but depending on what kind of art you do, you might be able to start over without losing too much. You haven’t wasted your time, because you can always learn from your mistakes.
So, if the cost of the material is the worst part about making crappy art, you have nothing to fear. You don’t have to show anyone your crappy art. Paint over it, throw it away, or put in a drawer.
If you stop telling yourself that you have to make something amazing every time you start a new project, you’ll take the pressure off of yourself and give yourself more space to be creative.