You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.
~ Jack London
You’ve probably heard this before, or something like it. I know that I’ve heard it before. I’m just usually way too much of a control freak to have tried it before now.
Prompt: Grab three colors of paint, without looking, and use them to make a background for your art journal. No peeking!! Show us a pic in the comments of what you come up with.
I mentioned that I’ve been finishing up an altered board book that I started a year ago. Part of the process for me is getting past the boredom that took hold of me halfway through the little project (if I had done the whole thing in a short period of time, I’m sure it wouldn’t have grabbed me, the boredom I mean).
The other factor here is that I have two sliding shelves in a cabinet in the top of the kitchen. I can’t reach it very well standing on the floor, so I don’t use it for much cooking stuff or kitchen stuff. Instead, I use it for craft paints. I have to use a small stool to get up there and look around at the colors to see what I’m doing.
Last night, I couldn’t find my stool (sometimes it walks off with the little people in the house), so I just reached up there, over my head, and grabbed three bottles of paint and used them.
They are maybe not three colors I would have put together just like this had I been able to see them first. And then I decided if I was going to leave my control freak totally out of it, I might as well go all the way. I dribbled some of each of the three colors onto the page and just squished the page closed, a la ink blot.
I did have to add a bit of texture and used a paper towel to blot up some of the paint and put a texture imprinted into it, but otherwise, it’s au natural.
I’ll show you the completed page later when I show the whole little book. This is actually the last main page, I have left only the inside cover and the cover of the book to finish up. This was pretty fun for me, though, with no thought or stress or argument with my inner critic. I see why this is a suggestion to just get yourself moving again.
Have a great day, let me know if this something you do to pull yourself out of a boredom slump. And let me know what other tricks you use, we can all use ideas to get the creative juices flowing!