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Art Journal Every Day: If You Don't Like It, It Simply Means That It Isn't Done Yet.

Hey guys!  There are a few seats left in my Super Basic Beginner ScanNCut DX class tomorrow (Saturday)!  And now on to today's post:


If you're new to Art Journal Every Day, the concept is simple: It's a commitment to take ten minutes each day to do something in your art journal.  No need to finish anything or even like it.  It's about making the time to nourish your creativity every day!  If you have the time to flip through your phone, you have the time to Art Journal Every Day.  If you'd like to share what you make, use the hashtag #artjournaleveryday so that we can all take a peek.  You can find new Art Journal Every Day posts here on the blog most Fridays.  The archives go back to the first Art Journal Every Day post in 2010.

One of the things that I have learned over the years is that I do best when I let things sit for a while and then come back and poke at them.  If I try to make it from start-to-finish in one sitting, I tend to overthink things and get a not great result.  Knowing that I will come back later has also helped me get over my stress at a project being "ugly" or "not good enough." If I don't like it, it simply means that it isn't done yet.  And so I walk away until I feel ready to come back and improve it. Sometimes this is days.  Sometimes this is weeks.

What does "improve it" mean?  For me, it means get it to a point where it's interesting and feels complete.

In December, I drew a demo face in my live online faces class.  It was meant to be quirky and kind of "off," and it was.  But I felt in my heart that it wasn't done.  I revisited that face recently.  Take a peek at the process of "fixing it up."

Now it feels done to me.  And so I'm on to the next art adventure!

Thanks for stopping by!


P.S. Monthly members can watch the real time version of this video in the classroom.  And don't forget that the members livestream is this Sunday at 3pm EST.