Are there certain things you think about all the time, but never take action on? Maybe it's taking a dance class, or asking someone out, or learning to cook a certain kind of food. Everyone has something.
For so long I have yearned to screenprint my own work. I've thought about it for YEARS. I researched the heck out of the benefits of buying a kit vs. purchasing/making your own screens. Read tons of online tutorials. I enviously studied gig posters and tried to zoom in as close as I could on printed pieces on Flickr. I listed it as an ambition anytime I made a list of ambitions.
But all those things never got me any closer to actually DOING something about it. Last week in my bible class, our pastor was talking about growing in faith, and he said, "Let's say you want to become a more generous person. Do you sit around thinking about being generous? Or do you go ahead and give, and see how it feels?" You just have to give. You just have to DO.
This is a theme that runs through almost everything I've learned about myself and the world recently. You have to show up, do the work, learn to enjoy the process, KEEP WORKING, repeat. Sarah Ahearn talked about this in her last online class, Pages and Paint. David Foster Wallace speaks at length about it in the interview turned book, Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself. Pretty much everything Keri Smith has ever done or said leads to this concept at some point. There's this famous list by Sister Corita Kent and John Cage, 10 Rules for Students and Teachers (and Life). Rule Seven is my favorite: "The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It’s the people who do all of the work all of the time who eventually catch on to things."
So I bought a printing kit. I knew if I tried to make my own it would never happen. So whatever! I stopped feeling like it was dumb for someone with a fine arts degree to buy an art kit, and just did it. My first test prints this weekend didn't turn out great. I have a LOT to learn and lots more to try. But I feel deeply satisfied and crazy excited about finally making this happen.
So, are you waiting to do something and have no good reason not to try it? Just go for it. Don't give up, be patient, things take time, keep working, & don't get discouraged. Seriously. Go!
(I'll share more details about my first printing experience tomorrow, but I needed to get the heavy/philosophical stuff down first. That's me!)