2/9/15

Duds.

The often frustrating thing about making art is you don't always end up with what you envisioned. I start out with an idea, inspiration, or picture in my mind, and it is often as clear as if it was sitting in front of me. I know exactly how I want it to look. It happens that way for me most often with quilting because frankly, that's where my "skills" are. I'm good at it. I'm proud of the work I do there. I'm happy to share it when I can. And I've learned how to make even a sow's ear of a quilt look reasonably decent (rip, cut, sew, repeat...).

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.

CGM

10 comments:

  1. You definitely have to try and if you don't try you won't get better. Thanks for showing what you don't like!

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  2. Oh my, are we hard on ourselves. The "duds" are part of the process and while you were not fishing for compliments, I'm impressed. I liked hearing about your process and what you liked and didn't like.

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    1. Thanks Jackie! Yes, I am often a bit hard on myself, always have been. I try not let it stress me out, and when I think back on it, being "hard" on myself has also been a reason for some of the best accomplishments I've had in life. I'm older and somewhat wise enough now to just be content with learning from what annoys or frustrates me, and keep it moving. :-)

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  3. Beauty is obviously in the eye of the beholder. I absolutely adore the first and last "duds". To me, what you are considering mistakes, duds, imperfections in that first one just kind of illustrate the message. In the 60s (or early 70s) when I was young, that would have been a beautiful poster (and I probably would have bought it).
    In your last "dud," I really like the muddy colors are contrasted with the pink. If it were a poster back in the 60s (or early 70s) when I was buying posters, I'd probably have bought it too. Just sayin'.

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  4. I recently had a dud experience making a card. It looked awesome in my head. Executed, not so much. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. It happens. Luckily we usually have more than enough supplies to try again, LOL.

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  5. I totally agree with Gretchen. Even though I know you don't wanna hear it (plug your ears) I would pay for the first one. I love the wonky shape of the flowers, and the white dot details. Not even mentioning the color. The writing doesn't have to be perfect, it's HAND MADE! That's the beauty of it!
    And yes, I also like the last one, the design, the colors, and I have no idea where the "pooping star" is no matter how hard I try to find it. You have to admit, you just can't win this :))))

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  6. I totally agree with Gretchen. Even though I know you don't wanna hear it (plug your ears) I would pay for the first one. I love the wonky shape of the flowers, and the white dot details. Not even mentioning the color. The writing doesn't have to be perfect, it's HAND MADE! That's the beauty of it!
    And yes, I also like the last one, the design, the colors, and I have no idea where the "pooping star" is no matter how hard I try to find it. You have to admit, you just can't win this :))))

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