This month a very good friend put out a challenge to me. I’m looking at it as a bigger challenge than just painting a piece of art in an hour and a half. Let It Go speaks to so many areas of my life……especially my art. I even have a hard time calling it my art as to me it means I’ve already reached a level of talent to consider myself an artist. That’s something for another day…..lol. One thing I have to let go of is my own pre-conceptions around what makes someone an artist. I purchased a pad of canvas paper from our local Dollar Store last year…..I also bought myself a beautiful Strathmore Mixed Media Visual Journal to use as my art journal. This art journal sat for that year as I didn’t feel as though I was good enough or confident enough to apply paint to it as I might ruin one of the pages. All the pages I’ve done over the past year were done on my individual sheets of canvas paper from the pad I’d purchased……that way if it didn’t turn out I could just toss it and nothing would be ruined. When I really sat down and thought about that last week, I realized how ridiculous that thought process was, because a person’s art journal IS the place to practice new techniques, colors combo’s, or whatever it is you want to do with it and figure out what works and what doesn’t. And a place to write down what it is you’re feeling that day. So, I took a look at this month’s challenge and decided to Let It Go with my art journal and put that first stroke on paint into it. And to my surprise……I think it turned out beautifully!
I used three different main colors…..yellow, orange and purple. I don’t have expensive paints and use whatever I can find at our Dollar Store. I had to mix a bit of red to my orange I had to tone it down a bit and not make it so neon…..and I had to mix my own purple as I didn’t have any…..but it worked!! I also used my charcoal pencil for the first time and OOOooohhhhh man…..I think I’m hooked! Really loving the look that pencil gave this page. And I journalled about my struggle to ‘Let It Go’. I painted my journalling free hand and I’m very happy with it. I do think I need to find a different brush if I’m going to journal with a brush….lol. And I don’t know enough about brushes to even know what to go look for…..LOL.
So, there is it…..my brand new art journal is no longer a paint virgin…..lol. I’ve taken the plunge and Let It Go and I’m so happy I did and over-whelmed with the result.