My BFF, Beth, came over for craft day after purchasing Dawn's tutorial and was making wings while I worked on other things. I kept watching her and was intrigued. I thought I'd whip up a pair myself.
No, I didn't purchase the tutorial.
I kind of glanced at what Beth was doing and "winged" it myself.
Well, I learned a lesson. The reason you PAY for a tutorial is because the person who wrote it, already worked out all of the kinks and came up with the best way to make the project. She includes tips and tricks that she has learned along the way.
Mine were a mess. I didn't follow the steps and when I got them put together, they were a floppy, sad, droopy pile of wrongness.
My plan was to do something inspired by Dawn, but not by copying her. I used different materials and my own patterns. And I wasn't even thinking that it might not be the polite thing to do.
If I was smart, I'd have paid the $5 and did it correctly the first time.
Not only did I make them wrong, I started to feel bad, like I had been stealing from a freind. She did all the work to create the art, and the instructions. I sell tutorials myself, so I would be sad if I saw a friend's blog filled with projects she had taken from my offerings.
I didn't mean to be dishonest, I was just tempted by how pretty Beth's turned out and started to make some myself. But, its a tough art world out there and we should support each other, not take advantage.
That said, I want to say that if you purchase one of my online classes, I don't mind if you make projects with a friend. I would hope that you wouldn't pass the codes on to others, I do want to sell the tutorials. But it is reasonable to expect that you might share with your pal if you guys are working together. I wouldn't be upset.
Still, I felt like I owed Dawn the five bucks and I was happy to send it to her. I'll be making more of these pretty sets of wings, but I'll be doing the framework HER way, to save some time in making them sturdy! I can still add my own flair and design style to her pattern. That is the fun part of having a set of instructions to use as guidelines.
This piece, "Visions of Sugar Plums", is on its way to another friend, Karen, who is hosting a holiday workshop too. I've also included a few packs of old millinery for her to raffle off.
And I've been busy adding mini, dyed and glittered trees to my Etsy shop.
I've been in front of the computer listing away. Thank you to all who came by and shopped with me! I am going to make more trees, there are still some in the shop, but there will be more coming. Contact me if you have a custom color in mind.
Ps- I will be at my friend, Angie's, open house at her shop, My Father's Daughter- 646 Locust Street Lawrence, KS 66044
I'll be doing a make and take using one of my own tutorials. Its a holiday star, and I will provide all materials if you want to make a glittery ornament and do some shopping.