“To live you have to experiment, to have the ability to experiment you have to have confidence, to have confidence you have to be loved, to be loved you have to love”
One of the projects I was drowning in this past month, was a “skinny” fat book project on Artistazine. I was thrilled at the opportunity to participate, as I had yet to do a chunky book with this particular group of talented artists. Susie LaFond was the mastermind & host behind this collaboration, and I am eagerly awaiting the final result!
26 Pages, 8″ tall x 4″ wide
I did all original, one of a kind pieces.
All my pages were created on 140 lb. Watercolor Paper, backed with ephemera.
Theme: Windows, Doors, portals, stairways…. and anything else your muse conjures up…think about where they might lead…does your muse need an occasional escape to another place and time…just play and have fun…that’s the main thing.
“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
Since I was working on 3 fat books all at once, and insanely decided to do all originals for each of them.. I decided to experiment a bit with this particular set. I wanted them to be more… grungey.. a bit free .. looser then what I usually create. The catch? I’m so anal, it’s such a difficult goal for me to achieve. I needed to keep the compositions simpler, due tot he amount of pages involved.. and I had a blast experimenting with doodles, and swirls.. etc etc and so forth.
“There is no such thing as a failed experiment, only experiments with unexpected outcomes”
I am still very apprehensive about these pages, I know I can do much better. I look at them, and see what needs to be done, and I’m struggling to accept them as they are. The deadline was up, so with reluctance, I sent them in. There’s a few I enjoy, a few I wish I could burn… but, the thing is? I SO SO enjoyed experimenting with these. It wasn’t a chore, it was truly fun. I changed up my creating routine, switched out my music play list.. and just… started to let loose a bit. I really did grow as a result of these pages, and for that I am most thankful.
I suppose, this portals book, opened a new proverbial door for me as well. It’s been interesting to watch my art change lately, I can’t wait to finish a few pieces to share with you. I challenge you to do the same — work outside your comfort zone, change up your routine.. try something a bit daring, and see just how you feel about it! Be sure to share it with me!
Some of the pages others in this book created & have shared:
Send me your links ladies, and I’ll share!
I’d love to hear your honest thoughts on these as well!
Happy Saturday! — Chrysti