We know which tools & techniques we will use to get from an initial concept to a final piece but often it is more about the journey than the destination.
When you start with a concept, your raw material, your tools & some fundamental skills, the first thing you have to do is work out how to get from conceptual notion to tangible entity.
So you break it down into manageable, logical steps.
Obviously, the more you know & the more skills you have, the easier this will be.
Some people are naturally better at this then others.
If you plan well & know your material well then you know roughly what your thing will look like at the different stages in the process & you have the enormous pleasure of being able to get lost in the process.
You complete a stage, you assess, you evaluate, you consider, you re-evaluate; are you ready to move on to the next stage?
OR perhaps you have discovered, along the way, something unexpected or exciting so you alter your plan?
OR perhaps you have discovered a process that you are so entranced by that you can't wait to use it to see if you can make a this, or a that, or one of those other things …
And that's the point.
The possibilities are endless.
How you acquire the skill is not important.
What you make is not important.
There is no wrong way to do this.
It is never a waste of time.
The learning is in the process.
Dive into the process, get lost for a while, come up for air, then dive back in, you're safe & the process is non-judgmental… because it's yours.