An Artist Cannot Fail…

Apr 9, 2012

While kit­ting for my class “Art Requires Courage” I was think­ing how true these words are, espe­cial­ly to me. Step­ping out of my com­fort zone of all things vin­tage like but­tons, pearls, old papers and trims and into the world of sten­cils, mists, paints and ink takes courage. I know I can do all things vin­tage. This style is as com­fort­able as wear­ing a pair of TOMS but break­ing out of the cre­ative box is hard and scary. I’m deter­mined to give it a go because I have ideas and I’m deter­mined. Even if break­ing out of the box does not feel nat­ur­al or I make so many mis­takes I fill up a trash can, I’m deter­mined.

So, this being said, each Mon­day I am going to post an “Art Requires Courage” project. This project will be some­thing out of my cre­ative com­fort zone. I hope by me break­ing out of my com­fort zone it will encour­age you to do the same. There are so many won­der­ful art sup­plies out there and I want to try them all.

The tag you see today has all kinds of fun arty prod­ucts. First I grabbed the one thing that scares me most… sten­cils. These things make me shiv­er. I love them, love see­ing how dif­fer­ent­ly peo­ple use them and think Julie Fei-Fan Balz­er is the Queen of Sten­cils. She is amaz­ing. So I grabbed a tag that I had cov­ered with vin­tage ledger paper for a pre­vi­ous project, a few of Julie’s 6 x 6 sten­cils (Rain & Arabesque) … some Maya Mists and just start­ed spray­ing here and there. I have no clue which Maya Mists I used, sor­ry. I just grabbed and sprayed because if I thought about it too much I would have pan­icked. Remem­ber, cre­at­ing even out of your com­fort zone is sup­posed to be fun.

Once I had the first lay­er of mists com­plet­ed I start­ed ink­ing up my stamp sets with Jet Black Archival Ink and stamped away. The script stamp is Wendy Vec­chi’s awe­some Studio490 back­ground stamp. I LOVE this stamp. And if you look close­ly you will see some of my spring release stamps mixed among my Styl­ish and Fash­ion­able Lady and Bird. To cre­ate the sil­hou­ette (inspired by Julie Fei-Fan Balz­er) I stamped the Lady image onto paper then paint­ed over it using black acrylic paint. Once the paint was dry I then inked my stamps using Tim Holtz Dis­tress Clear Emboss­ing Ink and stamped the let­ters over the entire lady and applied Papri­ka ~ WOW Emboss­ing Pow­der on top and heat set it with my heat gun. I got­ta tell ya this was the first time I have used WOW Emboss­ing Pow­der and I real­ly, real­ly like them a lot. Yay, Suzy West.

To get a bit more shim­mer to my tag I applied Per­fect Pearls Mist in Bis­cot­ti and Sun­flower Sparkle. I love these two col­ors. I then attached the lady sil­hou­ette using Inkseen­tials Col­lage Glue Stick. This is the BEST GLUE STICK ever! Next I inked the bird from my Styl­ish and Fash­ion­able stamp set using my Emboss­ing Ink and stamped it three times onto the tag. I then applied Nut­meg ~ WOW Emboss­ing Pow­der onto the stamped area and heat set it with my heat gun. I’m telling ya… you got­ta try these emboss­ing pow­ders. Yay, Yay Suzy West.

Then came the real “Art Requires Courage” I was deter­mined to use my hand­writ­ing on my tag. I can­not tell you how long I sat in my chair just look­ing at this tag and say­ing, just write it… what if I mess up it’s almost done… just write it… ugh, what if I mess up it’s almost done. Then I was won­der­ing what in the world am I going to write so I start­ed look­ing on Quote Gar­den for some­thing pro­found because noth­ing was com­ing to mind and hon­est­ly if some­thing was I could not hear it because of the bat­tle of… just write it… what if I mess up it’s almost done was tak­ing over.

Then I found the quote… An artist can­not fail; it is a suc­cess to be one.  by Charles Hor­ton Coo­ley

So I grabbed my white Sharpie pen mark­er, took a deep breath, held it and start­ed writ­ing. And you know what, after I exhaled and real­ized the sky did not fall, I real­ly like how it looks.

I hope you will try some­thing that has you break out of your cre­ative com­fort zone. Go for it, you can do it!!!

Art­ful Coura­geous Hugs!

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