My previous post was about the For The Love Of layers Workshop that I taught in my studio 1,5 weeks ago.
The atmosphere was very relaxed and easy and gave me the opportunity to work on my example during class. I liked where it was going at the end of the workshop so much that I couldn't put it aside and kept working on it the next day until I finished it.
When I put all the canvasses I made since I started teaching this workshop next to each other I notice that I'm getting better and better in letting go of control and go with the flow. The thing I tell my students all the time about not thinking, just do it and so on, has been a hard thing to do for myself for quite a time.
A while ago I (in my "Around the world blog hop" post) talked about how I had always been a perfectionist in my "art", so much that when I made a scrapbook page I didn't glue anything down until the point that I knew exactly how the page would look like when I did. It took tons of time and thinking and rearranging and sometimes I felt like getting nothing done.
When I started using paints and inks on my scrapbook pages I had to try and let go of that control as paints and inks simply don't always do exactly what you want. A splatter may end up in a different place than you planned, colors might accidentally mix… But still, once the background was painted or inked I started controlling the layers that came on top again.
Starting to art journal made it better. I didn't feel like I HAD to create something beautiful anymore, I could mess up and nobody had to see it. And even if they saw it, it's an art journal, right? It's meant as a place to try out stuff and mess up. Nobody cares so why should I?
Besides, what is the worst thing that can happen… that you ruin a piece of paper! Big deal!! LOL, right?
If I look at the first period I did art journaling I see that there is still quite some control in the pages. But it got better in time.
I learned to start a page without any expectations, without a result in mind. Creating for the sake of getting my hands dirty and have a good time. It was very liberating. I now have quite some pages in my journals that I don't like at all, but they are there and that's ok with me. At least I had fun when I was creating them.
So when I started teaching this workshop I thought that I was already there, but looking at all the canvasses I guess I still had a way a to go :D
Anyway, I never lied to my students, I never said it was easy, I only said that it feels good! And it does!
Constantly telling my students to come with no expectations, no end result in mind, telling them to just add colors and let go of control and showing them who to do that helped making it easier and easier for me to actually do it myself. Because I really liked the outcome every time I was able to do so…
So here is the result of one of the first times I taught this workshop, about a year ago, and the latest one.
There is quite a difference, don't you think? Of course, you could say it is a matter of taste which one you like best… for me it's a matter of freedom. And therefor the second one is my favorite :D
BTW the first one is published in Marieke Blokland's book Art Journaling & Mixed Media. A great book stuffed with tips, tricks and facts for both the beginner as the more experienced artist. You can find the book here (in Dutch only)!
Thank you for stopping by and reading all my ramblings :) I'd love to hear if you are a control freak or not :D
Have a great day and happy crafting!
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