I took my own advice to let go of expectations and just started playing in my art journal this week. With NO idea on where this was going, I just took one step at a time and kept moving.
It felt so great to be able to just play with the paints and not worry about what I was making. I’ve learned that if you just trust yourself and go with your first instinct, you can keep a forward motion going and have no time to stop and criticize yourself. You’ll also be more likely to be pleasantly surprised with your finished piece!
Once you stop to analize a decision, your inner critic kicks in to try and talk you out of it. The quicker you can make your decisions, the more in tune you are to your intuition and letting the art flow from you. So let go, act on your first instinct, and keep that forward motion going!
Here’s how this art journal page played out…
I layered on some color with my fingers using acrylics.
Next, I decided to do some stenciling and image transfers. The one on the top left was supposed to be a face, but it didn’t turn out so well! I don’t know why, but transfers are always a hit or miss for me.
I had a quick image of a sun come to me, so I went with it without thinking. I covered my “mistake” with white and painted in some rays.
Layering more paint on top, to make it look nicer…
At this point, I wasn’t sure where to go, all I knew was that it looked too colorful for my taste. So, in came the black! I journaled in the rays, shaded beneath them and around the edges, and outlined everything again.
I could never have imagined this before I began, and I’m not sure that this is what “my style” is, but I’m liking it! It pays to let go sometimes, and just see what comes out on its own. I encourage you to give it a try!
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