I'm finishing up the month-long challenge hosted by Rae MIssigman, called #ArtMarks30DayChallenge. It's been a fun project to work on and I can't wait to look back through once I'm all done at the various pages, themes, colors and prompts. I've even had a little help from my 8 year old daughter who is intrigued with mixed media art and how to create journal pages based off prompts. She actually asked me this morning if she can do another one when she gets home from school (that makes me a happy mama!)
Last night and into this morning I worked on my Day 29 page using the prompt "confined." I knew I wanted something bright and colorful since I had a few new tubes of acrylic paints just begging to be used. So I started. Without a plan.
Now if you know me, I love to plan. Anything that isn't planned, well, it ain't happening. I have a thing about it. Call me OCD but even as a small child if something unexpected (like someone just dropping by) happened, I hated it. Well, that's carried through to my adulthood.
So when I started this page, I decided to not have a plan. To do it willy-nilly and see where it went. As I kept working on it, I grew to really dislike the page. Nothing was making any sense. There were no patterns or pieces that I had pre-planned on using. Typically, when I start a page, I go through my stash and pull out the pieces and materials that I want to use. So doing it this way really threw me into a tail spin.
But I kept up with it. I added more and more to it and started to feel less and less irritation as to how it was turning out. And shockingly, as it turns out, this is now about my favorite page in my art journal. Go figure, huh? I really love how it came out because I think it represents what was going on in my head as I was working through this particular challenge. I totally felt confined going into it because I didn't have my standard plan ready to go. But as the page came together, I started to feel less freaked out and more relaxed at just doing what I felt like.
And now... I love it.
Wanna see the video? Check it out on my YouTube channel here.