Back to Basics…

Here at Indelible Ink Workshop, we get a certain kind of excitement from a blank sheet of paper. There is a certain kind of energy in a fresh start, a new project, trying to figure out what will fill in that blank, white void. And the real fun is when that pen touches down and that first thin black line shows up, leading you off down a path of inspiration and creativity.
And there has been a certain thrum of energy lately. Not just here around the workshop, but in general. There has been a hum, noticeable if you pay attention and listen. It comes from our projects before us, our creations and ideas, but also in seeing what other people are working on out there in the big wide open world. There has been a certain air as of late, a creative buzz that gets people energized to make and to do again.
It comes for us when we see what everyone is making, what everyone is creating and when people just do what they love to do. We get inspired, we get moving, we get to doing again.

Its come before, in the past – several times actually, when people realize how much joy there is in the arts and crafts. When we remember what its like to get our hands dirty again and pick up our pens and pencils, our brushes and pull out those blank canvases or pieces of parchment we’ve been storing up for the right project. We learn of that certain sensation when we’re young, when we first got our fingers dirty in paint or when we were given our first set of sidewalk chalk. And electricity started to fly when we put that chalk down against the walkway, drawing those bright, powdery pastel lines across the black nothingness and making worlds all of our own design. Even if we had to explain what it was to those who actually couldn’t see it, we could and we knew what it was. And there was always a certain happiness, a certain joy in seeing our artwork boldly displayed on the fridge for all to see, as if some Parisian Galla for all guests of our abode. That is where some of us got our start and that is where some of us remained, refining our work and turning it into true masterpieces.

There is certainly a joy and passion when we get into our work and you can honestly tell when someone enjoys what they are working on, when they put all they have into their project. It shows in the craftsmanship and creativity of it, when they come up with their own methods and ideas on creation and when they reveal their finished product with a grin for the world to see. In turn, that energy drives the next person as one gear pushes the others forward. It’s a vicious cycle of creativity, when someone creates, every else soon follows. Afterall, as one good idea deserves another – one good creation deserves another.

Right now there appears to be a certain resurgence of Arts and Crafts once more. It comes in tides, when we return to our roots and remember what its like. Whether that’s just going back to the basics or using a printing press instead of a printer, hammering out the leather by hand or carving out something from a block of wood, it’s a return to our roots, where our crafts originally came from and when we go back to the tried and true methods we know and love. It comes when we put aside the mass-produced pieces and pour everything we have into that single piece of work, forgetting about everything else and concentrating solely on the task at hand, when we put aside the machines and assembly lines and make with our hands.

But that doesn’t mean that we should shun technology – after all, the internet is the collected knowledge of everyone here on Terra Firma – for good or bad, its true.
We can use it as a source of inspiration, a place to teach and a place to learn, a tool to connect to others and show them what we’re doing, what we’re making – and hopefully inspire them to continue what they were already doing and loving. So with that, we may just be able to have the best Arts and Crafts resurgence yet, this time we’ll be able to connect to a much larger group, creating an even bigger buzz and even more excitement to create, to do and to make things like never before.

Here at Indelible Ink Workshop, we try to do just that and add that little extra something to our work – and lives really. To take just a little extra longer to make things that much the more special, to add that extra flourish or add a little extra detail to everything that we do, in all aspects and walks of life. We like living like who we are, we like creating things we’d like to see, we like doing what we do. It’s who we are – and if we’re not, who will be?

It doesn’t really matter what you do or how you do it – just do it how you do it. Just Create, just be yourself and do what you like to do in life – you get one shot at it, so you might as well spend it doing what you like to do. So Create, Be Bold, and don’t worry, sometimes its fun to be a little eccentric in life and to stop and smell the roses. Their looking very pretty this year.

We’ve also got some free desktop wallpapers as promised. We hope that these help to motivate you and get you moving on to do those things that you love to do!

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