I liked to think I did, I really didn't. The more I learn, the more artistic I feel. Someday someone will ask me "Are you an artist?" And I'll be confident in saying "Yes, I am.
How would you present your work if someone wanted to see it? If you're like me, you probably have boxes with cards that came out somewhat right, but a little wrong, swatches, or maybe you have a stash of cards made up for certain occasions. And, of course, you have all those pictures online that you've uploaded. I read an article today about the importance of having a portfolio to showcase your work.
I don't like scrapbooking, but I'm going to be more aware of putting together a hardcopy portfolio to showcase my work, if only for myself. I'm also going to organize an online portfolio that will showcase my work.
If someone wanted to see your work immediately, you don't want to go through files and folders online or boxes of cards around your crafting space to put something together. You want to be able to respond "Just say when and where".
Along with actual cards, it would be a good idea to include references or some of those job-well-done letters in your portfolio, too. Your portfolio should give an instant indication of the type of artist you are, what you do, and how well you do it. Opportunity can come to call at any time.
A portfolio could be something that will inspire you to keep working and improving your craft. I like to think that if I had a portfolio, it would be something that I would leave behind when I die and that it may be valuable to somebody as a great collector's item.
So let's get on to making a portfolio that we would be proud to share with someone who wants to see what we do. Online portfolios are good to have, but you may be required to produce hard copies of your projects as well in some instances. It may turn out that your portfolio turns out to be a brag book of your cards or layouts. You never know when opportunity might present itself, so you want to be ready.
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