2 Jedi Art Tricks (and a dose of permission)

Hello Butterflies!

Today I want to show you TWO JEDI ART TRICKS to use in your creative journey.

These tricks are best used to improve your own art, when trying new techniques and to make “making art” seem a little less overwhelming. If you feel stuck, or are looking at someone else’s art and feeling intimidated, these are going to HELP.

You can apply these to when you are creating your cards for the Card Deck Swap if you are participating, but you can also apply these ANY time you are making art. I also find it wholly satisfying when I do these two things and then my art gets incrementally better.

But first, let’s start with an interesting phenomena that happens when we view other people’s art…

If we can get past these voices, a whole world of art awaits us, in part from what we create from our own creative well, and in part from what we will create through imitation. That’s right, imitation. So let me get on with the tricks to improve your art!


You may have heard this term before, it’s nothing new, but it’s a brilliant way to get past “wow their art is so much better than mine.” It’s called, Reverse Engineering!

You simply look at what you’re looking at (that was redundant), and analyze what the artist did to get that result.

Let me show you…

I strive for a balance every time I make cards, a balance of experimentation and imitation.

There is a really brilliant quote that I want to pass on here, and it is one I channel to give myself permission to learn from others, and to remind myself that this is the same path that all makers follow in order to improve, and finally discover their own style.

First you imitate, then you innovate.

Now a lot of times there are techniques used in art that you just plain don’t understand, and you can’t possibly figure out on your own. This happens to me sometimes (I actually have a box of cards I refer to mentally as “wow cards I have no idea how to make).

This is where the second trick comes in.


It’s jedi-level stuff butterflies. Most people will NOT do this. Grab a pen, you’re going to want to write this down. Ready?


Yes, that’s what I said. Ask them how they did it.

If you can’t reach the artist, ask someone you know who makes art. Or, ask a bunch of people in an art-based Facebook group.

So there you have it. Two ways to ensure that your art will improve, while also allowing your own creative shine to emerge.

“The artist who won’t imitate anything, makes nothing.” Salvador Dali


  1. Hi Jessica! I really enjoyed these videos! And what a nice surprise to see you talk about my card and process. I posted my and my girls’ cards on my blog today and mailed them. They should be arriving at your door Saturday! Thank you for all you do to inspire us all.

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