You cannot know before you begin

The Sparkle Experiment small creative play equals connection

There’s no set road map for making art. No fixed set of rules you should follow, no one way to do things. You can choose your own adventure and do things however you want because there’s no getting it wrong when it comes to creativity. This is why making art can feel so freeing, once you embrace the not-knowing; the unknown of where your creativity will guide you.

Shaun McNiff in Imagination in Action says: “No matter what the medium is, nothing happens unless I get going. Whatever the initial gesture maybe, it becomes the source for something else to happen in response to it. One thing builds on another, leads to the next, and suggests possibilities emerging only through the action itself. I might begin with an intention, and idea, a sense of where I have to go, but the creation takes shape through physical acts. The outcome is always a surprise that cannot be known before I begin.”

You don’t need to know where you’re going so it’s best you don’t try to plan your outcome before you’ve experienced anything. All you need to do is make the first mark. Then make the second mark and keep repeating. Actually making the art is always better than planning what to make.