I love paint. I love to see it spread across paper, wood, waxed paper and even my fingers. I love how it mixes together to make yet another cool color.
When I was growing up I shared my space with my older sister, who was messy and I was obsessively neat. I'm talking, everything on my dresser was line up like little soldiers waiting for inspection. I lived like that for many years.
I am not neat at all now. In fact, if my sister walked into my house/studio... she would probably have a stroke due to the shock. I could probably tell you all kinds of psychological reasons for this change in me. I had control issues, I was the third and baby of the family for many years.... bla bla bla..... you get the idea.
These days I'm going with.... I've embraced my inner artist and she gets so wrapped up in color, texture and the fun of the process that she doesn't give a fig about how much of a mess she makes. Remember Pig Pen from Peanuts? That is what my floor always looks like when I'm creating. I can clean it up 15 times and still tiny pieces of paper seem to be everywhere. (just the floor... not me personally. :))
The reason for this long story, you might be thinking? Part of my mess comes from never wanting to throw away a piece of paper that has color on it. I don't see it as trash. I see it as a potential background.
This entire page was done with leftover pieces of other projects. I was running out of space to work. All those papers were creeping into my work area on the table. This type of project is therapy for me. I go to this quiet place inside myself and I just tear paper and glue. It is so soothing.
The large blue butterfly was left over from another project. The little butterflies were made using two Stampin' Up punches and more pieces of leftover paper. Butterflies are a go to for me. I had this background and not idea what to put on it... so once again... the butterflies appear in my journal. Maybe I use them because they remind me of freedom.
If you feel stuck or the blank page is scaring you, try this technique. Don't think too much, just tear paper and glue. You'll end up with a wonderful and unique background. That background might be the finished piece or the jumping off spot for another piece. Either way, you've created!!
Link to: Spring Cleaning over at Journal 52 and Paint Party Friday