I always have at least a half-dozen projects or ideas going at once – for better or worse, it’s just how I work.  A lot of times it makes me feel scattered and like it takes forever to finish things, but there are some positives that I’ve found.  First off, it keeps me from getting bored!

Today I decided to work on lino-cutting a stamp.  I’ve never done it before, and I’ve been putting it off because I wasn’t exactly sure if I could do it.  I’ve seen Corey carve woodcuts before, so I had an idea of the process, and the first step is tracing your design onto the linoleum.

  
Tracing.  I can handle that!  So I decided to take the first step to get started, and told myself that if I got confused or held up, I could just go work on a different project.

  
Turns out, though, that this lino- cutting business is pretty easy and fun!  

  
All of a sudden, I realized I was figuring it out as I went, and really enjoying the process.   There was no need to put it off.  That was just fear of failure and fear of the unknown.

  
And now I have something beautiful.  It turned out better than I imagined, and I can’t wait to use it!  Well, except for the fact that all my inkpads are dried out…  Oopsies 🙂

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