Creativity and Zazzle

Everyone who is following this blog will probably know that I am the proud owner of a Zazzle shop (www.zazzle.com/ullahennig). First I created products with my photos, and then I even used some of my drawings and paintings to put on mugs, mousepads and more. To say it in one sentence: I created art for my Zazzle shop.

I stopped doing that. I am back to put my photoson Zazzle products. Regarding my art activities I now allow myself to doodle, paint or draw without having a certain use in mind, just for the sake of doing it, of practising, of learning, of trying out.
What happens when I work with watercolor pencils and give them a wash, let it dry and then work on the dry layer with “normal” colored pencils”? What are the differences between a Derwent Coloursoft pencil and a Faber-Castell Polychromos one?
I allow myself to give up perfectionism. I can look at one of my drawings and say: “Ok, this is definitely not good enough for being shown on the internet (note to self: practise drawing hands, they look terrible!), but the drawing of the body is quite okay.” Would I still create art of further use, I would see the whole thing as useless and as a failure; now I can look at it and see it as a piece of important practice and learning.

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About Ulla Hennig

I live and work in Berlin. Taking photos is one of my hobbies, and writing is one of my hobbies, too. So I decided not only to show some of my pictures here but also present some of the thought which came wth the pictures.

One response to “Creativity and Zazzle”

  1. Joanna Paterson says :

    What great learning Ulla. Allowing things to be practice is liberating… and also leads to great leaps in creative output!

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