Friday, 24 January 2014

Art Gone Wrong!

Well, what can I say.... I started this page with such high hopes.  I had an image in my mind - I wanted to create a lovely page with lots of texture and lots of layers and depth and interest, a bit  grungy but beautiful.  I'd scraped a little texture paste through the flower stencil and stuck some lovely old hymn music down plus some random pieces of patterned paper.   I coloured the flower and backround with Derwent Inktense blocks and started to stamp away.   At first all was well and then it all started to go horribly wrong and go muddy!  I tried to put it right:
  • I gessoed, then painted over the patterned paper which was too dark and didn't seem to go with the rest of the colours I'd been using
  • Ditto the stamped brown butterflies, but I messed up one even more
  • I wiped off some of  the stamped map
  • I messed up the flowery hearts so had to paint over them and stamp again
  • I stamped more circles
  • I stamped my title to go over the butterfly I'd messed up
  • I wrote loads of journaling all over the page, at first to disguise the mistakes but then because all this stuff poured out!
The page was totally different to what I'd been aiming for.  But you know what....when I came to look at it the next day, I liked it!!!  I'll tell you why further down :)

Here it is:

This was the lovely texture paste throught the stencil:

Stamped hearts and circles:

 The butterfly I messed up:

The title I stamped to go over the butterfly:

 Loads of journaling: 


I love how I wrote 'life' over the circle, looks highlighted - a happy accident!

I liked my page because as I started journaling, it made me think, this is just like life.  My life has turned out completely different to how I imagined it.  I never dreamed I would get bouts of chronic fatigue and have to watch how much I do.  But my life is still good despite it.  Also because I've had to slow down I've become much more patient and I hope compassionate.  I've had time to start my blog and I've discovered art journaling.  Its amazing I'm doing art journaling because I was always hopeless at art.  So good has come out of it, just as in this art journal page.  We may think things have gone wrong, but wait until the end when we can see the whole picture and we'll find that good things have come out of it.  And it says it clearly in the bible:

For we know that in everything God works for good with those who love Him 
who are called according to His purpose.
Rom 8: 28

I learned a lot doing this page!
 What art or anything else have you had that's gone wrong but has ended up well in the end?


  1. I am often amazed at the direction my pages take when I am creating. Loved your post and your page - the lesson is a good one for all of us. So glad you have found art journaling and art.

  2. i'll tell you why i love your page. it's REAL. a page created as a result of your 'in the moment' feelings and it's wonderful in so many ways. i was a little worried when i first started reading your post as my impression of your page was not that it was "wrong" in any way.
    i'm glad that you could eventually see that too.

    in answer to your question, i often feel that my art journal pages have gone 'wrong' in some way. sometimes when i walk away and come back they seem fine but not always. it can be really hard to ignore that inner critic that wants to make art seem a useless waste of precious time and energy but perfection is not what art journaling is about. it's about fun, experimenting and keeping it REAL.

    well done ~!!~


  3. Hello Susan

    Firstly thank you for visiting my blog and leaving me such a sweet comment on my journal page, i really appreciate it and means a lot, thank you!!

    Secondly i am so loving this page and i am loving your journey making it too, it's truly beautiful!!
    I think as a newbie's to art journalling we all have this inner critic that we can't tend to control but the more time we spend creating we grow with confidence and the inner critic disperses which lets our inner art goddess come out to play & create...inner critic may pop it's ugly head from time to time but by then our inner art goddess is so strong she beats it and over comes those fears of been wrong!!

    My Grandad always said to me Art is never wrong because it has it's own beauty & uniqueness in it's own way!!

    I hope this all makes sense and not just a load of waffle, some things just don't always write out the way i want it too hehehe
    I am also now a new follower of yours :)
    hugs and xxx

  4. What a touching and personal journal page! Love your attitude and your page is beautiful! Thanks for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  5. Hi Susan,

    I think this is more like art gone right! This is a wonderful journal page. I really like all the added layers, and journaling. Thanks for visiting my blog!

  6. I hardly ever have any idea of which direction my page is going to go in! I just start out and see what happens. I don't always like it, but that doesn't really matter. I think with art journalling, the process is just as important - if not more so - than the result.