Monday, May 26, 2008

The Aftermath of Sharing...

The response to my resin jewelry tutorial has been overwhelmingly positive. One kind viewer tipped me off to a site called MindBites, which is running a contest called Spread the Craft. The video can be viewed as one 23-minute opus there.

The idea behind making such an in-depth video that shares every bit of my resin/jewelry making process is too see what it's like to directly spark creativity in other people. I have made contact with lots of friendly, creative folks and certainly caught the sharing bug.

I am currently in the voice-over stage of a new video called Pixels to Perches – The Digital Fish Art of John W. Golden. It's not so much a tutorial, but a demonstration/documentary video about how I make some of my digital art. The process is a bit too lengthy and complex to be parsed in to a how to, but I hope it will give a little insight into how I create my art.

I want to encourage everyone out there to "spread the craft", so to speak. I realize that we all have techniques that we have learned over years of hard work, and techniques that we have developed on our own that we might be reluctant to just give away. And that is understandable to feel that way. I have techniques that I may never share because I feel they are an integral part of what makes my art my art. But I think it is important to consider while we work our way to success that being successful is much more rewarding when you can encourage success in others.


kelly said...

Well put, John -- I love your attitude!

Wayfaring Wanderer said...

I wanted to come and thank you for the tutorial as well. It was soooo informative. Not many people think the way that you do, I appreciate you for taking the time to share your knowledge.

Now if I can just get my hands on some of those findings.....I could try it out! haha

Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor said...

I agree with you wholeheartedly!! I give away tons of free tutorials and videos all the time. By sharing some of your knowledge for free, you create friendships and loyalty. And there is nothing better for business than a lot of loyal friends!