This art journaling thing though...no bragging whatsoever about any supposed "skills" I might have. LOL, that paintbrush often has a mind of its own I think. I still get a vision about how I want the page to look. I pull together a small collection of supplies I want to try out on a page, and go for it. Sometimes I have success (it looks the way I wanted it to). Other times....not so much.
So today, instead of just showing off my "skills" I'm going to share a few of my not-so-great efforts lately. I call these my duds. Now, beauty and/or dud-worthiness is in the eye of the beholder, or in this case, the maker. Believe me when I say I am not looking for any compliments or "oh, but they're beautiful/nice/lovely" comments. I'm also not looking for "yeah, you're right, they're shit" comments either!
This is just me, keeping it as real as I can, and sharing my "duds" today because I feel like as I go on this art journal/mixed media journey, I want to share it all with you. The good, pretty, and the ugly. Not just the "she's got skills" pieces. Here we go:
Art journal page: Bloom Where You Are Planted.
What I like about it: colors, background texture, stencils used.
What I hate about it: the flowers look crazy and you can tell I tried (too hard) to pretty them up with the white dots. I actually like white dots as a visual element on journal pages but it just doesn't work on this page. And that written quote - ugh. Just terrible writing, but I'll chalk it up to lettering practice gone wrong.
Closeup so you can see the background texture, which I actually liked.
Made using old book pages, comic book pages, punchinella stamp, flower stencil, acrylic paints.
Art Journal Page: Don't Worry About a Thing...
What I like about it: The background texture and use of a cut-out from a magazine.
What I don't like about it: everything else. Hot mess.
Art Journal Page: Oh, What Fun
What I like about it: Background texture - I love making backgrounds, taking the opportunity to play and just have fun playing with texture on a page.
The "problem" comes with knowing what to put on top as the focal point.
What I don't like about it: This one isn't so bad to me, although I should have stopped at the first layer of black paint splatter. While I like the element of the Starbucks bag cut out (Oh, what fun), I'm not altogether happy with the way it works on this page. If I decide to go back to fix this page, I might take the quote out, and change it to a silhouette of kids playing to fit the "Skip, Jump, Run" stamps.
Lifebook 2015 page: Celebrate Simplicity
Lesson by Tamara Laporte, Lifebook 2015.
What I like about it: I loved this lesson, and watching Tam create her page. She makes it look so easy!
What I don't like about it: yeah, not so easy in the actual making of it. My colors got muddy/washed out, the watercolor paper started to shred a bit in parts I went over too often, I don't like that bottom right floral element or my "pooping star"....Sam's words, not mine, but she is right. Thanks kid. This is a lesson I will definitely try again when I'm not feeling so salty about my first attempt gone dud.
So there you go. I will of course not let any of these duds keep me from playing, having fun, and making mistakes. That's the fun of crafting after all. While it can be frustrating, it's a long, sometimes hard, process to the "she's got skills" place we aim for, with many many duds along the way.