Art Journaling Backgrounds: Messy Is Good
Dear Wonderful, Creative You:
Lately I have been learning about the value of letting go. Art has a way of teaching you lessons if you are willing to listen. Watching very young children make art is instructive. They have no concern with whether or not they are “good” at art, whether they make a mess, and what the “product” looks like.
Recently I’ve been attempting to emulate this approach with my art journaling backgrounds. This idea of creating in a more unrestrained, child-like manner took seed in me when I wrote about being a more courageous artist, and has continued to develop. The results have been very exciting. I’d like to share some of my process with you.
How to Paint Like a Child
1. Put on a smock, grab a glass of juice and a cookie, and get messy.
2. Move your brush in a haphazard way, bend the bristles too much, jab at the paper, make strokes too heavy and too light.
3. Work quickly.
4. Paint on multiple pages, circling back and forth between different projects.
5. Only work as long as you feel like it, leave your supplies out, and come back for a few minutes whenever the mood strikes.
6. Squeal with excitement at the unexpected things that appear on your pages. Love your art with enthusiasm, especially if it’s a mess.
Art Journaling Webinar: Click here to watch the messy background tutorial.
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Here’s some of what I came up with today, using this method:
This one is some light watercolor over the gessoed page.
If you are detail oriented, you’ll notice that I have turned this one upside down. I liked it better that way, so I went with it!
Let me know what you think of the approach. What would happen if you made art with a bit of abandon? Remember to sign up for the webinar to learn more fun art journal background techniques this Thursday night!
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