Yesterday I got inspired by getting off panels and working with something other than a flat piece of wood. While I don't think the mask was a masterpiece, I am happy with it, and it got me thinking about trying to stretch out my creative muscles and try something I have never done before. I think today may be my first failure, but that is part of being creative. I had an idea, I tried to execute it, and things didn't go as I imagined. I might know what I can attempt next time, and if all else fails, I can Google "pouring encaustic," I will see what happens. My brother always says I you find anything on YouTube, so that might be a place to research how to do what I was attempting. I may be able to scrape it back a bit as well.
What am I talking about you ask? My vision was to have a nice smooth white surface on the top of the lid and the pour red encaustic paint into the hole I managed to make using a cookie cutter. The pour didn't go as well in person as it did in my mind. I'm going to keep working on this tomorrow, you will see it again. It's late now, and I need to eat and get some sleep. But I wanted to share what I completed today.
Even though this didn't turn out the way I wanted it, I am sharing it because I want people to know that being creative doesn't necessarily mean perfection. It is a learning process, at times it's ugly, and sometimes it's completely flawless. The important thing is that you get out there and create. Embrace the things that don't turn out the way you wanted and know that you have learned valuable lessons.
In Gratitude, Karen