Oops has become my favorite word! As I create I make all sorts of mistakes but I don’t like how harsh “mistake” sounds so I call them “oops”. A silly word that I can’t take too seriously because really, are any of my art mistakes something to worry about? NO! Does worrying about them help me in any way? NO!
Here’s a look inside my process as I created this tag.
Random Gelli Plate printing with stencils on a large manilla tag.
I had this die cut window that I thought fit perfectly. I wanted contrast, hence the orange. But after looking at it I decided that was an oops. I embrace my Oops because they are often gifts that have yet to reveal themselves.
I painted it green. Oops. Not right. I put oil pastels on the edges. Oops. Not right. I used a white oil pastel on the center and attached it with foam squares to add dimension. All those oops led me to here and I like it here.
The butterflies were punched but not used in another project. Oops. I had the punching scrap on my counter. Glad I made that oops before or I wouldn’t have had the butterfly leftover now. Oops, the glue didn’t adhere it all the way. This oops will be a very welcome gift later…
A bit of typed text. Oops, ran out of space for the punctuation mark.
I wanted contrast so I pulled out a bottle of ink. Oops. A little too much contrast.
I blotted the wet ink off. That oops led me to an ahhhh.
Oops, I wish I had known I wanted to color the butterflies blue before I glued the paper down. Oh, wait, it was an oops glue job so the paintbrush could get under the edges easily.
Oops, I should have thought about where I was going to put my journaling…scratching it into the oil pastels worked wonderfully!
What oops have you made that led you to an ahhh?