Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Joy & "Rules"

Crafty Blog of the Day: Caspiana
Such a wonderful mixed media artist that is a
plethora of ideas and showcase of beauty.
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I woke up this morning in complete and total joy. It's been a long time in the coming but here it is...I am learning to enjoy the journey, the creative process, the ART so much! The more art I create, the more I learn and the more I learn, the more I want to create.

I learn from those artists that I have associated myself with and those I've befriended or been befriended by. I learn from my mentor/teacher, Suzi Blu and the wonderful class/workshop of hers. I learn so very much from trial and error. I learn by doing, trying, experimenting.

I love learning. It is making my art better and my art is making ME better. There is no better payoff.

I learned a wonderful set of lessons from fellow blogger and mixed media artist, Caspiana (Sarah Whitmire) today. I don't think she will mind my reposting of her lessons learned because I think they are an awesome set of "Rules" or whatever you might want to call them and they should be shared with fellow artisans and craftresses!

1. Everything looks better framed (or at the very least, sides painted). An ATC or another small piece of art should have chalk, ink…something, along the edges to frame the piece.

2. Pay attention to all the senses. For example, if your piece is a book, how does it feel in your hands? How do the pages sound when they are turned? Does it smell like an old library or a glue factory? Take all of these things into consideration.

3. Anyone can embellish. Think of this as the “jewelry” of your piece. Don’t stress about it.

4. Anyone can choose pleasing colors. Think about the colors you use together in your wardrobe or to decorate your house. Use what you love and what works for you.

5. Seal and coat. Everything looks better with a nice finishing coat of beeswax, matt medium, Gloss medium, or spray coating. Be kind to your art.

6. Don’t stick your focal point right in the middle of a piece. After you know why, then you are allowed to break this rule.

7. Stamps are tools. Don’t be afraid to get these dirty. Repeat, overlap, and don’t get so caught up on one “perfect” image.

8. Stamps are accents not focal points.

9. Don’t ever fall in-love with one part of a piece and “baby” it. A great teacher once told me, if you find yourself falling in love with one corner…paint over it until it is the same as the rest.

10. Don’t be afraid to get messy.

11. Allow yourself to make mistakes.

12. Fibers are your friends.

13. The one who dies with the most techniques… still dies. Don’t get over whelmed with learning a large quantity of techniques. Focus on one or two and PERFECT them. Make them your own, build on them.

14. Don’t try to plan things out.

15.. Revisit your work. Hang it up. Keep it close. Learn from it.

16. Don’t rework old pieces. Always start fresh.

17. Piece not working out? Paint over it or tear it up and throw it away. You learned what didn’t work…now move on.

18. Just because something works for someone else doesn’t mean it will for you.

19. Keep a notebook with you at all times to jot down ideas.

20. Go to bed thinking about your art. If you do this with intention you will have new ideas and solutions when you wake up.

21. When you see art you like write down why you like it in your notebook. Was it the colors, subjects, use of materials? Refer to this when making your own pieces.

22. Don’t be afraid to try new things.

23. Think outside the box. Use materials you don’t think will work. Make them work.

24. Ask for help when (not if) you need it. Altered Artists are amazing people. We stand out because of our willingness to share and help each other. You’d be a fool not to take advantage of this.

25. You should see your hand in every piece that you make. By this I mean that there should be brushstrokes, doodling or drawing, something somewhere to show a person has been here.

26. Every piece should have at least one secret. You should never be able to see every detail all at once. There should always be a little something special hidden for your viewer to find. The best secrets take years to reveal themselves.

27. Everything is better with Texture. I can’t stress this enough.

28. Everything is better with layers. I can’t stress this enough.

29. Every piece should tell a story. You may not know what that is right away but if after working a while you still can’t find it see rule #17.

30. You know you have succeeded in a piece when you can’t imagine ever giving it away or selling it. And that’s when you should.

31. Allow others to find their own truths in your art. Only explain yourself when asked. and only if you want to.

32. Don’t be afraid to shock people.

33. Know your audience.

34. Take criticism but don’t live by it.

35. No one ever became famous by following the rules and playing nice.

36. Don’t buy into what everyone else is doing. If everyone is making art about Zebras wearing hats then become obsessed with Lions.

37. Speak your own truths.

38. Have no fear.

39. Find refuge with kindred spirits.

40. Live with intention.

41. Do what you love.

42. Break all the rules. (This is one of my favorites!)
These are just such fabulous "rules" that I had to share them. I hope you find them useful, too. Now get out there and create something...make it something beautiful and fun and silly and special and messy and perfectly YOU!

Until next time...Happy Creating!!!

Peace & Love,

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  1. these are fabulous rules......thanks for sharing them!

  2. Great rules!! I would love for you to post over at my place :) Do you have a day you are thinking? Email me thesassyirishlassie at yahoo dot com


  3. Some of these rules are applicable to life, too! :)

    You'll certainly never learn anything from me...but I do enjoy coming here and reading about all you ARE learning and doing!

  4. Thank you so much for sharing those. I am going to print them out and hang them in my craft room. Great words to create by!


Thank you so much for taking the time to drop by. I am open to any comments, questions, suggestions, critiques, etc, so lay it on me...
Peace & Love,

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