A friend of mine just had a realization. The discussion was about people who buy and buy supplies to make quilts/art and never use them. Ever.
Now, we all do that occasionally but some people make a science of it.
My friend realized it was more enjoyable to hunt and gather all the supplies for a project, than to make the project. These are projects in magazines or books. She attributes this to a fear of failure.
She made me think of this issue in a new way... first of all, that
gathering thing is fun, in and of itself. It's like jazzing your
imagination. And there are endorphins released during shopping, you
Second, of course there is the possibility of failure when you are doing
what someone else did, taught, demonstrated, suggested, wrote about.
It's only when you are doing your own thing, that there is little risk of failure as no one know what you were trying to
achieve. (let's not think about the times a finished piece doesn't come out like it did in your head, smirk) If for some reason you don't like a finished project, you can choose to see it as another artistic learning experience, not a failure.
I'm an old dancer, and the rule was if you forgot choreography, just
keep dancing and most people wouldn't know you'd messed up. (This doesn't count if you're a guy and were supposed to catch the prima ballerina mid-leap)
Anyway, there is less chance of failure if you are doing your own thing,
than when following directions, which I find increasingly hard to do anyway.Know what I mean??
playing with scraps, because there is no failure in a scrap!