Friday, February 07, 2014
Never Give Up! Never Surrender!
I definitely would have thrown this page out, but couldn't because I had art I liked on the back of one of the pages. Working in journals has definitely been a plus for me. I have a tendency to rip up and throw away most of what I make. I'm not now. This is a very good thing.
Also, if I hadn't had an issue with things going so wrong with this page, I would have never of ended up with the final page. I couldn't reproduce this thing if I my life depended on it! Let me start at the beginning.
I naturally wanted to do one like Teesha's in my book. It should be a quick one because there was no paint involved. Whoo-hooo!!!
I started out quite happily. I drew in my figure using color pencil. But when I used my white acrylic paint pen, that particular color pencil bled like a son of a gun! I tried to paint over it. Bled through. I tried to gel medium and gesso. A no-go. As you can see with this photo, I just couldn't fix it with paint of any type.
Luckily I was taking Jane's "Supplies Me!" workshop which had a lesson on Shiva oil pastels. They are an oil pastel that will actually set after a few days so they will not smudge later.
I really hate them, partly because mine are very old and they just didn't work nicely. I had deemed them as an art supply that I would never use. However, I decided that they might go over my mess when nothing else would. So I gave them a try.
Luckily, I had cut out this Minnie Mouse "fashionista" from a Vogue magazine because I liked it. I though I would never use her. She was in a red dress in a very striking fashion pose. Her face was a perfect size for the page. I used one of her hands. I let the coloring in her face guide the color scheme in the rest of the page.
On her chest you see part of her advertisement: "Kisses, $5" The page was never in my head, but come out as a result of a huge mess I would have loved to have buried. Now, I have a page that I am very happy with. Minnie would have probably of languished in a stack of never-to-be-used collage pieces. Now she is in a journal I'll be looking at.
As an added bonus, my page now has a woman with a "story". Why is she selling Kisses for $5? What does she does with the money? ;)
Jane and Teesha are correct - making art is all about the process. I have always been so orientated on the end result. And the end result typically would not please me because I could see the flaws and felt anyone else could do it so much better than me. I have really changed that thinking and I am loving to do art: what comes out, comes out. Yes, there are still flaws, but I don't feel the need to trash my art because of it. Because it is in my journal, it is my practice. I am not creating something to sell. And yes, there are lots of people who could do better than me, but then, what is the fun in that way of thinking. I am now in a place where I am just happy to make art and much less critical of what comes out. And because of that, I can see I am doing better because I am drawing more - because I'm not focused on the end product, just the process! Which means I'm totally having a great time!