I’ve never been creative or thought of myself as an artist. In Junior High I received an “F” on a clay project and that shaped my whole outlook of art and being creative. I insisted for years that I was not a creative person and I could not do artsy things. Yet time and time again I would find myself drawn to creative projects.
I may not be “good” at art but I am learning and loving it.
I had to run out and get the water-soluble crayons she was using. If you don’t have them, you NEED them!! (Caran d’ache Neocolor II Water-soluble) They are a lot better then the Crayola Watercolor pencils I was using. But regardless of having the “right tools”, I always feel better after some art journaling. Tamara’s technique of getting all your thoughts/feelings out and then using them as a layer is awesome. I don’t like to re-read what I have written a lot of times and this allows me to get things out and then move forward.
I looked back on old art journals and I see how far I have come. I also see the beauty in where I came from. One thing I noticed, I have held back in the writing and in getting more “artsy”. I needed to not expect myself to either be or not be creative or artsy. It wasn’t about that. It’s about expression. Tamara’s technique really gives me the confidence to work towards that even more.
I think there is a life lesson in this that I should probably take away too ; ) Something like, don’t let one persons opinion change the way you think of yourself…
If anyone is reading this and thinks of themselves like I did, please take a leap of faith. Go grab a notebook and a pencil, pen, crayons, whatever you have handy and give it a try. You won’t be sorry… ok you might be if you decide you love it and then you’ll need the water-soluble crayons….