Recently I completed an art piece I had been working on for awhile. The process was intriguing, learning to work with new materials like pumice gel and digital grounds. However, in the end I was not pleased with the end result. I had failed. Woody Allen once said “if your not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative.” Wise words, but it didn’t make me feel any better about the piece. So, I started doing some art journaling. Just playing around really. Scribbling watercolor gel sticks to the page, drawing, stamping, whatever. The page pictured here represents one of those playtimes. I began to feel better about where my art is going. Since the journal is just for me and not a final product to give to someone else, there is no pressure to make it “come out right.” This type of playtime has also been self-revelatory. I realize that it is important not to judge my work by what I hoped it would be, but by what it is, and find a way to work with those “mistakes.” Life is like that too! Enjoy your artful journey.
(the journal page above includes watercolor gel sticks, acrylic medium, acrylic glazes, rubber stamping, paper flowers)