Is creating always easy for me? Does it always go well? Do I always feel happy about what I create? Is it always easy to say Oops? Heavens NO! Here is what happened in my art journal on a particularly challenging day. Nothing serious or anything, just one of those days when everyday stress collided with getting up on the wrong side of the bed. And boy, did it show in my art play.
This art journal page felt like a failure many layers ago. It was colors that just didn’t work with images that just didn’t work in layers that just didn’t work. I didn’t even take photos. I didn’t want to take photos…thanks to an angsty inner teenager having a big pout about the whole thing but really, these are just layers of Oopsies. Oh the drama in my head.
I just couldn’t seem to say OOPS. I felt so frustrated it clouded my thinking. And lives were hanging in the balance because of this art journal page. This paper and paint was apparently the last piece of paper in the world and I was ruining it. What did I do? I gave myself a time out just to make myself stop and get off the crazy train in my head. I took a deep breath, okay, it was twenty five of them. I was then ready to accept that these failures were a gift. Mistakes are always gifts. They are just Oopsies and this is just paper.
With a clearer head I realized a big part of the problem was that these weren’t my usual colors. Now that was probably obvious to you, but to me it wasn’t because of that crazy train in my head. There was a definite brown vibe happening. I needed some color. I grabbed some gesso and covered up most of the mess. I added a subtle yellow layer with Eddy Rose. Then I brought in a brighter color with the blue thanks to some spray inks on the appropriately titled stencil, Just Breathe. The title was done using oil pastels through my Vintage typewriter stencil. How did I do that? You can see the technique in a video here.
Then I noticed a scrap of book text on my table. Shall I try again? Yes! This incredibly small scrap was a reminder from the muse to pause (and take a deep breath) when things aren’t going well so that I can remember it is all just an Oops. And keep adding more layers until I like it because this is play and not a world peace summit.
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