And now, days 15-25!
This leaf is woven into an existing journal page - you can see the front and the back here:
The entire process of this weaving is available to members to watch in real time:
This weaving was painted AFTER weaving and you can see a bit of that process HERE.
Overall, I see some hits and some misses. I definitely am rooting around to find my voice within the technique of paper weaving. I am also discovering what I enjoy doing during the weaving process and what I don't.
I wholeheartedly believe that quality learning requires 4 things: (1) a beginner mindset, (2) a hunger for knowledge & skill acquisition, (3) time and attention, and (4) reflection. And I'm doing my best to be present with all 4.
A beginner mindset could mean a lot of things. For me, it's...
- Accepting that I know nothing.
- Accepting that I will fail.
- Trying new things every day.
- Pushing at limits.
- Asking questions.
- Exploring other's expertise.
A hunger for knowledge and skill acquisition is what keeps you going. If you don't have that hunger, you won't have the motivation to keep learning.
This seems obvious to me, but perhaps it's not: You have to spend serious time and attention on anything you want to get better at. It doesn't magically happen. And time alone isn't enough. Attention is key. Which brings me to: reflection.
Reflection is the step that most people skip. It's easy enough to make something and move on. But taking a few moments to write down your thoughts or consider why something did or didn't work out -- this is the step that reinforces and sometimes even introduces learning.
Just a few more daily paper weavings to come! I look forward to more exploration (and failure)!
Thanks for taking the time to read this blog!