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I think that the reason I've been so slow to share these pages (from way back in February) is that I don't like them very much.
I struggle with the balance between being 100% honest with you and protecting myself by not posting work I don't like. But I know that only showing success can be toxic and make other people have unrealistic expectations of themselves.
So, here are a whole bunch of pages that I don't really like. But that's okay. Every page I *don't* like has something that I *do* like. I choose to focus on those parts, build on those parts, and leave the rest behind!
For each of these pages I'm sharing a bit about what I like and what I don't -- this process of analyzing your own work is deeply important, in my opinion. It's what leads to improvement.
I think I like the idea of these collaged bits more than the actual look of them. I basically cleaned up my desk by gluing all my leftover bits to this page. But they're not cohesive and it all looks really messy.
Analysis: When creating this page I went out of my way to let all that collaged garbage stay -- instead of painting over it. I think that was a mistake. Proof to myself, once again, that sometimes you have to be brave and cover up what you think is cool in order to get to something really cool. Also: hair and skin that match are a mistake (in life and art).
I had some leftover molding paste and so I tiled this spread using my Flower Tangle stencil.
I like the overall pattern. I don't like the molding paste in my art journal -- just impossible to write over. I don't like the colors I chose -- too many colors. I also think that I gave up before I got the colors "right" (a.k.a. to my liking).
Analysis: Keep going until you like it! If you don't like it, it's not done. If I were to do it again, I would limit the palette. I think you lose the beautiful pattern in too many colors. Simple black and white would be great.
More art leftovers. This heart is a leftover from another project. It features my Writer's Block Art Foamie.
Analysis: I think my dislike for this spread comes down to a lack of cohesiveness. I like all the elements -- for the most part -- as individual pieces, but they don't meld together. Something for me to work on: doing a better job at melding things together.
These are the back endpapers for my journal:
Analysis: Not to sound like a broken record, but there is a real lack of cohesiveness here. I am not always good at providing "white space" or resting space and I need to work on that.
And finally, here is the back of the journal:
So there you have it! A peek into my brain and how I handle those pages I don't love. I don't get down on myself. I don't let it stop me from creating. Instead, I try to analyze why I'm unhappy with the page and form a concrete lesson to take away for the future!
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