I’ve probably started to write this post a half-dozen times already. As you know, two of my favorite Mixed Media friends have monthly challenges/dares. Each one is focused on getting you to try new things and just create. Limor‘s challenge this month is a color challenge that can be found here. I love the color pallet that was chosen and had fun with it. I used some paint…..some Lindy’s Sprays and some texture paste, a few pages out of my old Dictionary and some Mod Podge. Also, some paint pens for the doodling and quote. Tracy‘s dare for this month is a Let It Go challenge where we had to create a page in under an hour and a half and just let go of all of our hesitations and over-thinking. Her dare can be found here.
I have to admit both intimidated me. I am still very unsure about my art and question and over-think everything I create. I understand I’m new to the whole Mixed Media realm and am learning as I go along…..but create something in under an hour and a half using a certain color pallet? Can you say sweaty palms and knot in stomach? lol. Another ‘new to Mixed Media’ friend and I were sharing some of our apprehension with another friend the other evening, and this is what she told us: “One of the things I love about art ladies, especially art journaling is that this is the first place I re-teach myself and remind myself that whatever I make on that page is enough and it’s perfect. As mothers, wives, sisters, friends we question whether what we do or say is good enough so of course it’s going to show up even in the simple places such as art journaling.. We need practice the simplicity of just believing that whatever we create is perfect..and I promise you once you get that from your art you will start translating it in to other areas of your life…..”. Such good advice……why is it that it’s so hard to put into practice?
Let It Go……a phrase that’s thrown around allot. But, what does it really mean? This month I’m hoping to actually try to define ‘It’. I know one thing I have to let go of is my need for perfection and to just create for the sake of creating. I personally don’t believe there is such a thing as perfection – unless you’re talking about God – which is another discussion for another day. So, why do I strive to become it? I don’t really have an answer for that right now…..but I do know I need to redefine perfect for me.
So, here is my page for this month’s challenge/dare. I did manage to create it in one hour and 21 minutes!! Woohoo!!! As I usually do, I put it away last night not really sure I liked the end result and woke up this morning and deciding it was actually not that bad….lol.
Not bad for an hour and 20 minutes! I love that quote and after I’d finished, I added the words to the hearts.
So, that’s it! Me Letting It Go and just creating. I’m so glad you decided to stop by again to read my post…..I honestly do appreciate it. I’m off to pull out a brand new Art Journal I’ve had for over a year and finally drop some ink into it.