Thursday, April 25, 2013

Enjoying the Process

Good morning!  It's Julie here today with a post about the creative process!  This isn't a post with a finished product like a card, but a post about how getting there can be all the fun!!

Sometimes I feel pressured by deadlines.  There's always laundry, etc. to do that need to be done and there's always a person's birthday or an event that I need to make a card for and sometimes that pressure means something falls through the cracks or I rush and try to do everything and that means (for me at least), not doing anything well or thoroughly.  For today's post.....I'm enjoying the process!!!

For a few years I admired all the paper crafters using their Copics and doing wonderful cards!  Their cards were so wonderful to me that it kept me from coloring mine!  I just didn't like the way my images came out (at the time I had no Copics).  My Copic collection has since grown and I'm enjoying playing with them. Each time I color with them, I am learning things.  Crafting can definitely be an evolution of learning; learning what works and what doesn't, learning what we like and what we don't!  I have come to love my Copics.  I just need more practice with them!

I just got some new stamps to enjoy my coloring process!  The images below are from C.C. Designs and The Greeting Farm.  The girls in these images are just perfect for coloring.  Please excuse my Packers cup!  As a Minnesotan, this seems likes a treasonous item to have but I like the Packers, just not as much as I like my Vikings!  Haha!  Anyway, on to the post!!!  ;)

I have stamped out a ton of the stamps on watercolor paper (for Inktense pencils) and Neenah White cardstock for Copic coloring!  Part of enjoying coloring for me is coloring in different mediums.

Part of enjoying the process for me is failure!  Haha! As odd as that sounds, failure does help me enjoy the process.  I learn what works and what doesn't.  I learned that I need A LOT of work on my Inktense skin coloring!  Check out the girls below!!  YIKES!!!

This image came out a lot better!  I used Inktense pencils on all of this Princess EXCEPT the skin!  I used a mix of two Gelatos from Faber-Castell to product the right color.  She still needs a little touch up but she is almost complete!

Then I played with my Copics!  I still need a lot of work on hair and skin coloring but again, learning is part of the process and part of the fun! 

A little YouTube on our The Scrappy Tree channel going through the process:

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  Please leave us a comment below and tell us what you enjoy about the creative process for your chosen craft!


2 Scrappy thoughts:

Erica said...

Adorable! Good luck with all the practice. You can do it!

gayle said...

Excellent skill to have some fun with, enjoy!