In the past year I looked for inspiration in embroidery, resin art, pillow- making, and making barrettes from brass stampings. All of these activities had one thing in common…. they all took up a minimal amount of space in my life.
See, I wanted a creative fix and I was willing to pay for it in two ways.
1) I was willing to have a minimal amount of stuff added to my life in exchange for fulfilling my creative urges.
2) None of these hobbies cost a ton of money. (In a few cases I paid upward of a hundred or so in supplies, and in one case I paid less than ten dollars. It fit my budget.)
This gave me one thing…. the freedom to create without the burden of ownership.
None of these hobbies owned me. I hadn’t sunk my life savings into them. I had given myself a fair amount of space and time to explore the art form and I later made a decision on whether I wanted to keep up with them or not.
It was like having Tanja’s Art Year Sampler, a tour through the many whims of a burgeoning artiste’ as she went through first year art school.
And I slowly peeled off each artistic incarnation and discarded it.
In the past I held on to art forms that didn’t fit me right. I coveted the supplies in case I ever decided to come back to it. I mean, what if I got rid of the supplies and then (gasp) fell dangerously back in love with that particular art form? Could I ever recover a stained glass grinding wheel or a well-running sewing machine?
This was especially true when I had spent lots of money on the art supplies, or scored them at a great deal that couldn’t possibly be replicated.
It was also true when I had devoted lots of space to the supplies, letting them take up a huge amount of my life space.
But my new approach with cheap art forms and minimal space needs really helped me not feel owned by any of these art styles.
I got to play without the burden.
For me this is a simple trick to living simply.
The rules are minimal and the rewards are great.
Don’t invest a lot into something until you’re sure you really love it.
Be willing to release the things in your life that didn’t work out.
In return you’ll have the space in your life to create the next whim that crosses your path.