Thursday, 7 March 2013

Be prepared to fail - and share them!

So, yesterday Michelle shared a fabulous, Dina Wakley based journal page at Paperartsy. Her page looked gorgeous, lots of lovely stencils and bright paints - and therein I think, lies my problem....

This page is my second attempt at a version of this - the first one I even tore out of the journal...!!!

I think, second time round, I put too little white paint on after I'd done my stencilling (the first time, too much, among other problems!) I wish I'd thought about that before I went further ... ah, hindsight!!!  I think maybe I should have not attempted the drippage either...

Anyhow, I offer it up for your perusal and lessons - don't do what I did - though  in fact it looks better here on the screen than it does in the artificial light at home, so maybe tomorrow in daylight it may grow on me!  My journalling reads "this is the worst page I have ever done. I really don't like how it's come out at all' 'and I have already messed one page up so much I tore it out of the book'  I am still debating about whether to hit publish on this post, but...

(** Edit - thank you for all your encouraging comments! it is growing on me, I promise!  I will use the previous, torn out page for something - die cuts maybe! (the main issue I had with the last one was the colour I used for the paint round the hearts, it was totally wrong. I should have tried painting over the top of it!)

18 comments:

Angie said...

I actually like it ... well what I can see from the photo....but you have to feel happy with it...I know that if it doesn't feel right it does not matter what others think.xx

CraftygasheadZo said...

And there was me thinking it was pretty darn good! Seriously there are loads of techniques, how you managed them I don't know but they look good! I'd def keep it lovely! Take care Zo xx

Netty said...

Your page is not that bad Helen and does it really matter, its only paper after all. I often make things that am unhappy about and then cut them up for future journal pages. Remember there is always tomorrow for a Masterpiece.....

Hugs Annette x
http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

Sue said...

Don't be so hard on yourself Helen, I genuinely like this page, especially the stenciling x

RosC said...

I had a long look and a big think about you journal page...especially as you had torn one out and shared this one with hesitation.
I do like it - the shapes and stencils are interesting. I wondered whether simplifying would help. You could half your media for one page and the rest for a second. Use colours that relate on the colour wheel. See what the hearts say next time.
I dunno whether that's useful. I hope so and TFS.
Hugs,
Ros.

RosC said...

(Sorry about the queer grammar. I hate blogging on the iPad because it sometimes hangs when I try to correct something.)
R.

Lucy Edmondson said...

It looks great to me, love the mix of hexagons and diamonds, and the white writing,

Lucy x

butterfly said...

I really love the hearts standing out from their purply shadows, and the stamping looks great... Hope it does grow on you in the daylight because although it may not be what you had in your head when you started, I think it's a really strong page as it stands.
Alison x

inkypinkycraft said...

I think you have combined all the colours shapes and techniques really well.... I think it looks great and you have done a fab job...Hard to try new things and you have done a great job! Trace x

Virginia said...

Oh don't rip it out Helen I think it's fantastic in fact I love it! I love how bright and zingy it is and whilst I appreciate it's different from your usual style, trying out different things always provides a fun learning curve. I can't believe you ripped a page out you naughty lady in that situation I always believe in layers, if you don't like it put a layer of gesso over the top (not too heavy so you can still see the original underneath) and then continue to work on it - beat it into submission woman even if you need a big stick!

Krisha said...

LOL....I have a page in my journal I really don't like and it never "grew" on me, but it is the back of an other page I like, so I'm stuck with it. Oh well, we all have them, but not always brave enough to share......
KUDOS to you girlfriend for sharing....

Lori said...

I love it! The mix of colors is fab, you're doing fantastic!

isisimaginings.com said...

I think it looks great. I love the different shapes & colours.

Craftyfield said...

It's a good take on Michelle's project, and whether you like it or not you've gained experience !that's what I tell myself anyway...

Alison said...

It's fab & bold, I love the hearts & white writing. Maybe you shouldn't have added the green, but hey...it's YOUR journal Helen! I believe our journals are where we can experiment.
Have a happy weekend,
Alison xx

Michelle Webb said...

You know what Helen I really love it! It's expressive and colourful. The green really works well with the other colours and I maybe would have used more of it, perhaps the same green as drippage too, will look fab. Just random ones not too many. I love it, you should be proud of it. Michelle x

Alison Scott said...

I really like this. It looks great to me. The hearts are fab.
I hope you like it better now.

Carmen said...

I hope you kept it Helen, I love it and I even thought your journalling was a stamp!