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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