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Words are Another Medium

Today I’m writing for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group’s blog hop. The first Wednesday of each month, we write in inspiration to a question posed by the group’s administrators. We don’t need to write in response to the question posed, but I like to use their query as the springboard for the monthly post.

This month the OPTIONAL IWSG Day Question is: Besides writing, what other creative outlets do you have?


Words are Another Medium

Creativity has been part of my life for as long as I remember. Well, at least as early as sixth grade, when my mom taught me to knit and crochet. Then came sewing – on an old treadle sewing machine that my dad bought at an auction in Indiana for just a few dollars. Home Ec classes refined my sewing techniques and were followed with embroidery and some novice attempts at quilting.

iswg1.jpgThese early creative attempts with fabrics and yarns are probably why my favorite pursuits are in the fiber arts area. Several years of weaving classes plunged me further into the field of fibers and weaving soon turned to spinning, dyeing, and felting.

But, I’m a Gemini and I can’t do just one thing. So there’s also papermaking and altered books. These are even more fun with I can combine yarns and weavings into completed projects.


But…behind Door C is glass! One glass fusing class was all it took and I had to get my own small kiln. What to make, what to make? Pendants? Buttons? Tiles? So much glass – so little time. And if I don’t feel like firing up the kiln, cold glass projects – like mosaic work – are satisfying too.


And then there was the ‘Polymer Clay Phase’. More earrings to make. Pens to cover. Journal covers to create. Jars and tins to embellish. So many ideas and ways to play with this versatile medium.

But lately, I haven’t been spending much time in these creative avenues. I’ve been too busy crafting with another medium – words.

Writing seems more cerebral. It doesn’t seem to qualify as a creative pursuit. But it is. Writing is creativity expressed in another vein. Instead of acrylic paints, I’m using words to paint the canvas. The techniques are much the same – learning, crafting, and perfecting the skills. The editing is like sculpting with clay. Trim a little here. Pinch off this. Smooth this out. And soon, a completed project is ready and done. Only this one doesn’t hang on a wall, or sit on a mantle. This one is a stack of printed papers or a bound book. All the work of the same muse – Artistic Imagination.



Comments on: "Words are Another Medium" (8)

  1. Oh wow, you’re so multifaceted! I bought a used sewing machine the other week, and I still haven’t taken it out of the box. It scares me. Happy IWSG Day! http://www.raimeygallant.com

    • Thanks! I joke that its my flighty Gemini brain LOL
      Good luck with the swing machine. You can do it!! It’s just like writing – it will take practice – but soon you’ll be amazing yourself.

  2. Thanks for sharing your multi-media artwork–very intriguing! I’ll be testing your clay/editing analogy in my WIP; the hero’s a potter, so I’ll take pottery classes. I wish you happy writing in February.

  3. Love your jewelry. I use polymer clay to make things for my miniature dollhouses. I also enjoy jigsaw puzzles, reading and coloring.

    • Thank you! You have a wide range of creative talents there. Don’t you just love some of the adult-stress out coloring books that are out now? Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Ronel Janse van Vuuren said:

    I love the pendants! *waving at fellow Gemini* I have several projects running at the same time, too — otherwise I get bored 😉

    Ronel visiting for Feb’s IWSG Day Being an Insecure Writer — And Happy About It

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