I MADE A MESS

So last week I challenged myself to make a mess this week. I wanted to pull out paint and just splash it on an empty canvas. 

I wanted....
 
But it never happened. I looked at the paint tubes several times. I sketched a few ideas but it all seemed so organized and neat.
I did the sketch of the girl on the swing. It took everything I had in me to keep myself from trying for perfection. I colored outside the lines and - okay - this is technical - I merged my layers before I could change my mind with any of it. 

And than a week passed by and I didn't do any more about it. It wasn't until today as I knew I had a blog post to write that I opened up the file again and started pulling in files from the latest M3 collection from The Lilypad. 

Even when I try to just play I make rules for my creativity. So I decided that once a layer was pulled onto my canvas it had to stay there. No moving, no tweaking - just intuitive creating. So the whole process was a pretty fast one.
I did this earlier in the week but not exactly with the same game plan as the above. I spend hours on the drawing and the placement of the elements took just as  long. Isn't it funny how something that looks a lot more simple took so much longer than the more complicated - messy - one?

So I guess that I didn't manage my challenge from last week - which means I'll give it another try this next week - or should I just give up? Maybe just accept my limitations and move on?

As usual I'll be linking up to Paint Party Friday, Art Journal Every Day and Kim Dellow's Show your face. Thank you for stopping by ♥

Comments

  1. Absolutely stunning works of art, thanks for sharing :)
    Hugs
    Donna xxx

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  2. Your work is beautiful, full of colour, light and movement! Hugs, Valerie

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  3. this is fab..love the soft colours

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  4. Wow, these are wonderful! I really like your choice of colors.

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  5. Two beautiful pages, love them both. Your second face is absolutely stunning, great use of circles and text and wonderful splatters :-) xxx

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  6. Unorganiced in an organiced way. I simply love your expressions and how your pieces are put together. Outstanding work!

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  7. Very nice work. Lots of movement. Fabulous!

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  8. Fantastic pages are this.. I love all about them!

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  9. Fantastic works ~ so full of movement, energy and intention ~ even playful (messy) intention!

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  10. I am really so impressed with your work and I feel so sad that you are very hard on yourself. Here am I breathless with adoration at your gift and you are never satisfied with your achievements; but then that is probably the sign of a true artist! xxx

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  11. Fabulous... I could recognize your amazing style anywhere! It's very distinct and magazine worth again this week...wow I always think the same thing about your work...look at all the room for the article beside the second one! Such a joy to visit all these splashes of colour!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  12. I LOVE these pages-the colors and compositions are just super!

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  13. oooo! Love it! Gorgeous pages, wonderful use of colour and texture - love all the itsy details too! TY for sharing this beautiful artwork

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  14. Gorgeous work! I really love the style of both and the compositions. I hugely struggle with spontaneity in my art and am often jealous of people who are able to get beautiful results working organically without a plan. I tend to have a good idea in my head of how I want the make to look when it is finished before I start and then I work backwards. It just seems to be the way I do things.

    I practice being more relaxed in my art journals but when it comes to digital designs I definitely have an idea of what I need the result to be!

    Good luck with your organic art creations, I think it is just one of those things that if it doesn't come naturally you just have to work at it :) Thanks so much for linking to Art It Friday - Show Your Face and for the shout out too. Kx

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  15. Wow I love your face well actually I love the picture. Stunning! Xx

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  16. such beautiful work, the composition of this is amazing, the detail, its amazing!I'm sorry you feel you didn't meet your challenge but wow, what you create is stunning!

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  17. Not a mess at all. This is a gorgeous page.

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  18. Both are amazing but the Sing Your Song piece really calls out to me - I think it is because of the balance between the white space and the dynamic drawing - great job!

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  19. Fabulous art work, maybe you need your rules at the moment, organic art work will come when you're ready for it :)

    Love and hugs
    Maarit

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  20. Wow, this is amazing ... Love it! Really, really love it .... I have no idea how you do it, is it all digital? Gorgeous work!

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