Lawrence and I have been very busy these past few weeks, dealing with his mother’s health issues, and moving into his childhood home and trying to make it our new home. It’s been kinda chaotic – and honestly, pretty stressful … Continue reading
it took me a long time to admit i was an artist. i’m not really sure why. maybe i thought i wasn’t worthy of the title? to me an artist was someone who made a living off of their work.
when someone asked, “where do you work?” or “what do you do?” i almost fumbled over a response, like “well, i was a preschool teacher for years then i quit to commit myself to my artwork full time…” how much easier (and less awkward!) to just admit – “i’m an artist”.
last year i won a bottle of Dimensional Magic on the Mod Podge Rocks! blog. i’d never used the product before and decided to use it to make some pendants with images of my artwork. i also wanted to make some necklaces with old thesaurus pages.
(these photos are not great – i took them last year, before i started blogging. the second photo was taken with my old cellphone.)
i decided to make myself a necklace with the thesaurus page using the definitions of the words artisan, artist, and artistic. (maybe if i wore the definition around my neck, i could say it out loud, right?)
i love the way the pendants with the words came out, and i LOVE my “artist” pendant necklace. but i won’t lie; i didn’t wear it right away. but the more shows i do, the more work i sell on my Etsy shop, and as my work is starting to sell on our Arte de Nuestro Corazon site, i find my confidence growing. having a Facebook business page has helped me too: you’re interacting with so many more people online, answering questions and getting feedback from customers and potential customers. if you want to one day have a successful business, you need to step up.
i find myself wearing my artist necklace often now. when asked “what do you do?” i answer, “i’m an artist.”
i might even hand out a business card…