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I Loved It…Then I Hated It…Mood Swings Layer By Layer

Carolyn is sharing how she went step by step from loving her art journal page to hating it and back again to loving it.

I loved it…then I hated it…my mood toward this art journal page was swinging from one extreme to another with each layer. Wild extremes that happened in a second. I love when this happens because it was such a fun ride my muse took me on today!

It started with a layer I loved. I loved the process of finger painting this and I loved the colors, I loved everything about it but it didn’t feel complete yet.

Carolyn is sharing how she went step by step from loving her art journal page to hating it and back again to loving it.

So I added the teal color. Then I hated it….big time. OOPS! Even though I was repulsed by it, I knew there was an opportunity in it but I sure had no idea what that was…

Carolyn is sharing how she went step by step from loving her art journal page to hating it and back again to loving it.

So I added some yellow Gelato. Then I hated it a whole lot more…OOPS!

Carolyn is sharing how she went step by step from loving her art journal page to hating it and back again to loving it.

So I grabbed a Gelli Plate® and my Arched Aqueducts stencils to make a print on it. I loved the orange but hated the green.

Carolyn is sharing how she went step by step from loving her art journal page to hating it and back again to loving it.

So I added some metallic paint in the arches. Couldn’t decide at this point if I loved it or hated it. So I added another layer.

Carolyn is sharing how she went step by step from loving her art journal page to hating it and back again to loving it.

The pop of yellow was a definite LOVE!

Carolyn is sharing how she went step by step from loving her art journal page to hating it and back again to loving it.

If the yellow was a big LOVE then adding some green would add to the love. OOPS! I hated how I did the green. It didn’t have the same feeling as the yellow.

Carolyn is sharing how she went step by step from loving her art journal page to hating it and back again to loving it.

Then I loved it and hated it in the same moment…I loved how it looked with the cut out circle from an old Gelli print® but HATED covering up my favorite star.

Carolyn is sharing how she went step by step from loving her art journal page to hating it and back again to loving it.

Using a hand cut stencil I added her. Suddenly all the layers that I didn’t love before fit perfectly behind and around her and I love how they all worked together. Even the teal. Even the green. Even the yellow Gelato. Even my favorite star being covered up.

Carolyn is sharing how she went step by step from loving her art journal page to hating it and back again to loving it.

The last touch was some scribble journaling to capture my many moods while making this.

Carolyn is sharing how she went step by step from loving her art journal page to hating it and back again to loving it.

Now when I look at the finished page, all I feel is love. But while I was so focused on this, something else happened!

Carolyn is sharing how she went step by step from loving her art journal page to hating it and back again to loving it.

The whole time I was working, my focus was on the art journal page. The clean up page that built up as I cleaned off the Gelli plate®, used up the leftover paint on my brushes, etc. was an unexpected treat when I noticed it at the end. Funny how that works…so now I have the start of another art journal page ready to go!

Carolyn is sharing how she went step by step from loving her art journal page to hating it and back again to loving it.

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  • Corrine September 27, 2015, 6:52 pm

    Always gotta go through that love hate swing before it all comes together. xox

  • Cathy September 28, 2015, 2:41 pm

    Thanks Carolyn for sharing each stage of your work and how you felt about it. I am new to the world of art journaling and mixed media work and I often get stuck, finding it difficult to complete a piece because I don’t want to “ruin” it. I will get to a stage that I love and even though I feel like the piece is incomplete I am afraid to add something else in case I wreck the piece. Watching how you bravely moved forward even when you didn’t like something reminds me I am doing all of this for fun and nothing is really ruined. It’s just an OOPS!

    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Cathy

  • Judy Shea September 28, 2015, 2:48 pm

    Well, I love it. Sounds like a “peri-menopausal” page.

  • Jean A Marmo September 28, 2015, 7:41 pm

    I hated it then loved it! Thanks for keeping it real!

  • Lolly mindel September 28, 2015, 9:02 pm

    I adore your authenticity!! You let your soul shine, while taking us with you. Namaste

  • Diane September 29, 2015, 4:38 pm

    loved the final result!

  • Bonnie Kittelson October 1, 2015, 2:00 pm

    It was fun and interesting to see you go through that love/hate relationship with your art. It made easy realize that I should keep going even though I want to throw the mess away. ☺️