It takes courage to raise your hand and ask a question. No matter if you are asking a teacher, a public speaker, or yourself, it takes courage to ask. What question was I asking today? Can I make something without color? Could I go black and white and love it as much as I love creating with color?
Imagine me waving good-bye to the comfort zone of rainbow colors because I really wanted to grab some pinks and blues and greens! I started by using black acrylic paint with a hand carved stamp on 5×8 index cards.
Usually, I am all about lots and lots, layer upon layer, but not this time. I stenciled just one word from my Wall of Words stencil. One of the reasons I designed this stencil with so many words was so that there were many ways it could be used.
As I ran the cards through the Xyron Creative Station, I was very uncomfortable. Not with the Xyron…it worked like a charm. What had me squirming was all the white space on these cards as I saw them side by side. The tube of lime green paint was screaming at me to be used, but I resisted!
So what kind of background would I have for these cards? A scribble journaled background. All I did was stick them right in the middle of the scribble journaling. The attaching was quick and easy since the Xyron turned them into stickers…the writing not so quick!
Doing 5 of these took surprisingly longer to do than I anticipated. Another thing out of my comfort zone…patience. OOPS! It was definitely an OOPS that I had to write this much!
In every Oops there is an opportunity. All this scribble journaling gave me lots of opportunities to honor the courage that I see every day. My friend struggling with health issues who greets each day with a smile. My children who are in that awkward stage of transitioning from teenager to adult.
The courage to let yourself play on a weeknight. The courage to tell that critical voice in your head to hush. The courage to do lesson 2, even though it felt so out of your comfort zone. The courage to try.
Kristen Usin Smith shared her moment of courage with us in Permission to Play, and with her blessing I am sharing it here.
“I have to share a major art break through I’ve had due to making the Permission slip. Since I started making art again almost 2 years ago, I’ve always done it on the weekends. This evening for the first time I made art on a weeknight which may not seem major to most people but it is to me.
There was something about the act of signing the permission slip (maybe it’s the paralegal in me) that resonates with me and it felt like the floodgates opened. I realize that I could do art anytime I want and I don’t have to save it for the weekend. I had so much FUN I’ll definitely be doing it again soon!! Thank you so much Carolyn Dube”
Some questions are smaller…like can I do this without the rainbow. Some questions are much much bigger…like can I find it in me to face the day. No matter the question, big or small, it takes courage.
Ps. I really like how these black and white cards turned out but all that white space is just screaming for color to me.