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Taking the Plunge

Monday, April 05, 2010

I did something brave last week. I didn’t jump out of an airplane or throw myself in front of a bullet or travel into a war zone. I didn’t put my life on the line, but I put my self on the line. I put my art up for sale.

I’ve always considered myself a writer (although, sometimes even that title is hard to claim) but… an artist? That always seemed the purview of people far more creative than I could ever be. And yet, I started making these collages—things that suited my tastes, made from pretty paper and wine labels, stamps and pages from old books. I made a set of invitations for a party we held several years ago. I made a card for my mother-in-law. She framed it.

I found that when I was doing collage, I was happy. So I made more. Recently, I started writing little stories based on the collages. I’ve published a few one- or two-line stories, so why not? Friends kept encouraging me to sell them. Family encouraged me to sell them.

Last week, I made a store. It’s terrifying, really, putting those little bits of myself out there to be accepted or rejected. Will the new owners treat them right? Will anyone even buy any? I don’t know yet, but I do know that this is the right path for me at the moment. What comes of it, only time will tell.
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  • SOCKITTOME
    Very cool, Jenn! Stretching yourself is how you grow! You are doing great!
    4138 days ago
  • JHTATROE
    Thanks, both of you. I did set up shop at Etsy, but I didn't want to link as product promotion isn't really allowed here.
    4139 days ago
  • BRAVENEWGRL
    Awesome!

    It's always so hard to put yourself out there - but once you do, it feels amazing!

    Get yourself a shop at Etsy :)
    4139 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5537048
    The picture that you have up is fantastic! Do you have an online store where people can purchase some of your work?

    Great job putting yourself out there, that takes alot of confidence!
    4139 days ago
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