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My Muse Went Out to Lunch

So, it’s Art Every Day Month and I have doing a decent job getting art done.  My goal was to finish something everyday since I have the pesky habit of leaving things half finished because my muse “leaves” me at about that point. Turns out my muse doesn’t go out to lunch and leave me – I kick her out with perfectionism.  My muse was frustrated with me to the point she wouldn’t even show up.  I gave up. I resigned myself to not doing any art today.  I really gave up.  Then my muse returned hoping I had learned the lesson I needed to learn.  I don’t know if it is truly finished yet – but my time is up for today’s art adventure…looking forward to spending some time tonight checking out the art adventures of all the artists over at AEDM!


Rubber stamped on a canvas.  No idea what it will be – so just random.  Liked the imperfect impressions – added to my “who cares” attitude and rejection of perfectionism.  Used a waterproof ink pad.





Grabbed a handful of prismacolor pens.  I believe any alcohol based pens would be able to do this.  Randomly colored – still no idea where it will go…





Used rubbing alcohol to smear the colors.  Added more pen in places until I was happy with the colors.  Did I know where it is going?  Nope.






A bit of white painted dry brushed over it to tone it down a bit and cover up some of the stamping.








Added a few words with paint – of course imperfection – it didn’t go as planned but I liked it.







I decided I wanted shadows but instead of using paint to create it, I went for real shadows.  A complimentary color of fun foam was die cut and the layers glued together so it was like custom made pop dots.  I’m too cheap to use that many pop dots on one project!

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  • Cynthia November 19, 2011, 5:28 pm

    You crack me up! 😉 I love how your “didn’t know where it was going” turned into such an amazing piece!! Love the colors and the distressed/shabby look. And I’m totally stealing that fun foam idea. 🙂

  • Serena November 19, 2011, 8:10 pm

    What a great finish…..the colours and composition are wonderful!

  • Cat @ sea.sky.stone. November 19, 2011, 10:38 pm

    Love the finished project–and one of my favorite parts is the allegedly imperfect words. But I can so relate to what you said. You know…instead of kicking the muse out, we need to kick Perfectionism out. All the way to the curb.

  • Carol Apple November 19, 2011, 11:25 pm

    This is amazing and interesting! I love seeing how you work. I had a similiar experience today. Just busy and overwhelmed by upcoming holidays, not feeling inspired, having no ideas, and not really feeling like doing art. But I sat down and started doodling without any ideas what would happen. Something materialized. It’s amazing how when you sit down to create something, you usually do, no matter how uninspired you think you feel.

  • Kathleen Conard November 20, 2011, 1:01 am

    I LOVE the way this turned out and it was fun going through the process with you. So fun how things can turn out so well, even when we don’t have a plan!

  • Rita McGregor November 20, 2011, 7:28 am

    I love this! I am just beginning to learn about art journals and collage, so this was very helpful to me. I have no clue what I am doing any of the time–LOL! Enjoyed your commentary along the way. 🙂

  • AJ November 20, 2011, 12:49 pm

    Oh my! Carolyn when you stop trying to get things perfect your produce perfect art. Wow!
    Big love

  • Trisha Trixie November 20, 2011, 4:56 pm

    love this

  • Kristin Van Valkenburgh November 21, 2011, 1:03 pm

    I love this! Thank you for showing your step-by-step too! xo