The mailman brought me a box of happiness this week- new stencils from Julie Balzer and Crafter’s Workshop! I have been using the stencils on tags, canvases, fabric, my kids even learned not to be too still near me or I would stencil them! No problem keeping up with Creative Everyday this week!
I was making this tag and wanted a phrase to add to it. I seem to want text in some form or another on everything I make lately. “Welcome opportunity” came to mind. Almost right, but it needed a bit more. “Welcome all the opportunities that come your way”, now that matched what I was feeling.
Making art is very cathartic for me, even when I don’t expect it. I was typing the words, cutting the words, wishing I had the fingers of a 5 year old to pick up the little things when it struck me. Failing is an opportunity. I failed at all sorts of things while making this tag AND learned lots. That’s why I added “including the opportunity to fail”. I think I am a better artist because of my failures, not my successes. I am not a neurosurgeon- they don’t have the room to fail the way I do. Today, I am embracing my failures.
1. Failure: The green against the orange did not turn out well. The green was too translucent a paint so it was more subtle than I wanted. Learned: That I need to check the paint when I am working with lighter colors so I know what kind of coverage/look it will provide. Also learned that subtle can be good, in the end I preferred what I created to what I had intended to make.
2. Failure: The punched flower spray inked yellow was too close to the orange. Learned: Edge it in pen to make it stand out more.
3. Failure: Put rows of glitter on the yellow flower to give it some pizazz – which it did not. It just looked strange there. Learned: Smear the glitter glue while wet and it fills into the edges and creates a more subtle look. Much better.
4. Failure: Put a little on the blue stitched flower and it looked out of place and awkward. Learned: A little glitter is awkward but more is better. Added more lines of glitter around the edges and it felt like it belonged.
5. Failure: Fingers dropping little typed words and getting really stuck to the glue on my fingers. Learned: Grab the tweezers and then the glue doesn’t get all over my fingers.