Oh, how I fiddled and faffed around with this one! I couldn’t make any wording fit and I was having a bit of a hissy fit. I put it aside and left it alone for a while. I stencilled the “bricks” on to the patterned paper as an afterthought, and I quite like the effect. The wings are a bit wonky, but that’s ok.
But the words! Ugh! I could not make anything work. All I knew was that I didn’t want to stamp them directly to the background because I was sure to mess them up, and it would be really noticeable due to the straighter edges of the brick pattern. So the words had to be stuck on, either stamped onto paper and then cut out, or using existing text.
So, in the end I found a quote on a sheet of scrapbooking paper that seemed to fit well with this image (actually, the original quote said “Let Go” at the end, but I changed it to “Dream” – it just seemed more appropriate) and quickly glued it on before I changed my mind. I think it works ok…..
I need to add some detailing, paint the edges of the canvas and varnish it, etc, but it can wait until I am doing a few others at the same time. I get to the end of a project and I just want to move on to the next. By the time I’ve been fiddle-faffing around for hours on one thing, I get a bit sick at the sight of it and want to start something new. Are you the same? Do you like the entire process of creating something? Or do you get fed up half way through and just want it done?
I probably need to close my eyes and clear my heart and just let the art happen. But I’m not that trusting yet. So things can take longer than they should. But then I suppose there really isn’t a “should” when it comes to art and creativity. It’s supposed to be intuitive and free, not structured and following some sort of plan or timeline. I should try to please myself more, not keep trying to make something that will appeal to others. But I need to learn to do that with myself too, and not try and be what I think other people want me to be. Which is tricky, right?
Hope you are happy being YOU today – keep dreaming 🙂
I managed to do a few paintings / collages on the weekend, after my crafting ban of the prior two weeks. It was actually good to have a break from it, to clear up a bit (a bit…) and also refresh my brain and start on something different. I am trying desperately to get better at painting – my Mum and brother are brilliant but I, sadly, am not – and find a style that sits comfortably with me and my abilities (or lack thereof). I’m also trying to just DO, rather than over-thinking things.
So, I started this painting, which turned out to be a mixed-media piece in the end with the addition of some collaged “extras” and, although she’s not perfect, I’m fairly pleased with her. I’m trying so hard to not judge my work too harshly, because it hinders the process and makes me have unnecessary tantrums.
This lady got a nice lace collar….
…and a bit of a rotund face. A bit too round for my liking….
…so I trimmed it down a bit, so she’s got a more angular look…and she got a crown too, and some wings (naturally)…
…I added a stamped border and stamped “dream” letters, anddid a bit of outlining to highlight some details.
…and she’s done 🙂
I’m still not very good at faces (and I kinda wish I hadn’t made her face less round now), but I am hoping the more I do, the better I will hopefully get! My other plan was to give up entirely and just paint/draw all my people facing away from me, thus negating the need for faces at all! Hooray! But that’s cheating, right?
Thank you for dropping by and having a look at my funny, imperfect art 🙂
Hello everyone 🙂 I have been on leave for a couple of weeks and placed myself under a strict no crafting ban. I knew if I got stuck into making things (and, therefore, making a mess) I would never get tidy and organised. So I had two weeks of sorting and culling and making my home fit for human habitation. My craft room was going to be last on the list as it is an area I close off anyway and doesn’t get seen unless I want it to! Needless to say, it is still in a mess. I just didn’t time to complete the tidy up in its entirety. But the rest of the house looks good now. I even had some visitors during my leave and I wasn’t embarrassed to have them in my space.
On my final two days, I let myself do some crafting. I figured it was my reward for doing adult stuff like dusting and ironing (ugh!). I started with this canvas – a freehand painting with acrylic paints. I drew a design straight on to the canvas, which is something I don’t normally do and did not incorporate any paper or mixed media elements. I decided to just go with the flow and not think about any of it too much. The worst thing to do is start comparing your work to someone else, so I tried really hard to just enjoy the process, regardless of whether the finished piece was good or not.
I was pleased with the final outcome. I don’t mind that she’s got a big head and ridiculously long neck, or that her hair resembles a teddy bear hat. I am just glad to have had a go and not fussed over it all too much. I’m not normally brave enough to put a design straight on to the canvas, so this was new for me. Normally I draw it out first and often draw and paint the person on a piece of paper, before cutting them out and gluing them to the canvas, after I’ve worked out the background.
I had some issues with the wording – it took me forever to decide on the words and I just couldn’t make anything work. I had this “Loving the Moment” stamp that I had picked up in an op-shop, and it seemed to fit the space perfectly. The design itself didn’t stamp out very well, due to the non-flat nature of the canvas, so I had to fill it in afterwards, but it looks ok. I’m not sure exactly what “moment” she is loving (best not to ask a lady these things!) but I’m going to say it’s representational of me just enjoying some peaceful, creative crafting time, all to myself.
So, I am pleased with this one. It isn’t perfect, but that’s ok. I’m going to keep practicing and trying to find my own style. It’s the only way to get better. And, in the meantime, I am enjoying the process and the moment 🙂
Thanks for stopping by x