Art Ideas to Silence Your Inner Art Critic

A guest post by Carolyn Dube

Start Somewhere With Your Art Ideas
I stood in my studio looking around like a deer in the headlights. Couldn’t make a decision on what to create. Art journal page? Canvas? Card? Tag? Too many decisions and they all felt overwhelming.

I didn’t know what I was going to make. I didn’t know if it was going to be “good.” But whatever I made had to start somewhere…so why not right here. Using the scraps and little bits on my counter, I started to play on a 4″ x 4″ canvas board.

I glued down scraps of Gelli printed book paper. There was no plan so there was no wrong way to do it.

I added paint with no regard for edges. All was going well, and then it happened. I noticed the wrinkles in the paper and out came that voice, begging for me to go back to a plan. If you’d planned better you’d have avoided those wrinkles. I heard the desperation of the planner in my head.

And I ignored that desperate voice and continued on by adding texture and bits from scraps on my counter.

The last little touch, of scribble writing, was done as an ornery act of rebellion against that desperate voice in my head. It isn’t a profound statement. It isn’t wise words. And it freaked out that voice in my head that when the pen hit the canvas. What are those words? Part of my to do list for that day. #1 on my list was to quiet that critical voice in my head. Now that is crossed off today’s list.

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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 with many of her creative mixed media art ideas. Join Carolyn on her blog, A Colorful Journey, on Facebook, and at Google+. Her stencils are available at StencilGirl Products.

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One Response to Art Ideas to Silence Your Inner Art Critic

  1. jean says:

    Love how you ignored that voice!