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Let It Go/Color Challenge

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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.

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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.

 

Hugs,

Yvonne.  :o)

 

 

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July’s creative Dare and July’s Challenge.

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I know!!!  You don’t hear from me in months and BAM!!  Two posts in one night….lol.  I painted this canvas a couple of evenings ago and I’m not really loving it…..wasn’t even going to post it.  As I said in my last post, I’ve been following two amazing ladies on Ustream for some time now and each one of them has a monthly Dare/Challenge.  Tracy has what she calls a monthly Creative Dare and Limor has a monthly Mixed Media Challenge.  I painted this with the intention, at first, to enter it into Tracy’s Creative Dare which was to find one of her Monday Night creations she’s done and re-create it for ourselves.  Here is the original piece that Tracy did that inspired me to do mine:

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It wasn’t until I’d completed it….decided I hated it……painted the canvas I posted in the last blog post…….read through the challenges again…..that I decided this was the ‘perfect’ piece for both challenges.  Limor’s challenge was to create a project that included a phrase/saying of something you want to remind yourself about you that you usually forget.  It was also to include stamps from unity Stamp company if we had any…..which I do not…..so I used my Tim Holtz Ultimate Grunge stamp set as background stamped images.

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Having this feeling of perfection is something I struggle with allot…..especially in my creative world.  I constantly compare myself to other’s and their work and I never feel mine measures up.  It’s silly, I know, as the whole idea and reason I paint is to express myself…..not someone else.  The reason I create anything is because I truly love this creative outlet and is often therapy for me……and cheaper than an actual therapist. 😉  This is a canvas I did that I’m not totally in love with…..it’s been Gesso’d over a few times…..and I wasn’t going to even post it. Then I sat back and took a look at it again for the 100th time and read my quote again…..and yes…..the light came on. I didn’t love it because I ended up crowding my word ‘redefine’….. I didn’t love it because it’s got about 4 layers of paint on it….at least.  Then I looked at it as I read through the two challenge entry requirements and decided that it is perfect…..for me. I think the word ‘redefined’ being crowed to the edge speaks VOLUMES to my need for perfection.  It’s like it was meant to be just like it is.  The layers of paint….perfect as it’s added texture and dimension to the piece.   So, here is my entry for both challenges…… in all it’s perfection…..for me. 

 

I just have to add……I typed this all out……and kept second guessing myself over and over again.  I had the hardest time hitting publish on this one.  I think I’m too old to learn a new definition of perfect…..just sayin’.

 

Hugs,

Yvonne