Finding Happiness With Art

*A guest post by Carolyn Dube.

Finding Happiness With Art

What’s the right way to create? That’s a trap because if there is a right way then there is a wrong way. The risk of doing it the “wrong” way is a fear monster just waiting to attack. I don’t like the fear monster so I don’t ask myself about the right way to do it. I ask myself what way will make me happy.

Finding Happiness With Art

What surface made me happy to work on today? A wood panel from Walnut Hallow. What was a happy way to add layers of color? My hands, a brush here and there, and a piece of cardboard laying on the counter. There’s no right or wrong way for me to do this because it is all about what feels happy to me.

Finding Happiness With Art

I added the Buildings stencil on top of the wood panel. Why? Because it made me happy and that is more than enough reason for me when playing. As I put some random squirts of spray ink on it you might notice that I did it twice because I only sprayed part of it the first time. Then I lifted up the stencil, turned it, and sprayed another area. Why did I cover it completely with the stencil? Because it made me happy.

Finding Happiness With Art

The rainbow makes me happy. Lots of layers make me happy. So I added more color and more layers by going over it with fine line applicators filled with paints and outlined some of the shapes. Added scribble writing here and there. Why? You guessed it. Because it made me happy.

So next time you are artfully playing, if you hear that voice in your head ask “What is the right way?” change the question to “What will make me happy?”

Carolyn Dube is an art adventurer and educator. Get in touch with the creativity inside yourself as she inspires with entertaining tutorials that invite you to play and laugh along side her. Join Carolyn on her blog, A Colorful Journey, on Facebook, and at Google+. Her stencils are available at StencilGirl Products.

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