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So I have a new assignment for my creative therapy, which is to just draw what makes me happy and not analyse what I’m drawing. I find this to be very difficult. How do you shut down the part of your brain that thinks about what you are doing and just do…? So I thought I could at least go for the part where I just draw and paint what makes me happy.

Years and years ago, I made a drawing of a picture that was taken of me when I was 24. I love that picture and what it represents. I also loved the drawing. So much so, that I was afraid to paint over it, as was the initial plan. Somehow some coffee got spilled over it and I put it away. Never looked at it since. Now I decided I would make a copy of it and just for fun, play with it in my art journal. So I did.

I even remembered to take some pictures of building the page along the way.

I first built a base layer of red, purple and black. Added some dictionary paper (as I have loads of that) and washi tape.

I then added some dark brown and a lighter brown color.

The excess paint gives a nice start on backgrounds in other journals.

Added some white with some white fabric paint. A real old pot from back in the day when I used to paint T-shirts. After which I stamped with my favorite text stamp and a floral stamp in black, randomly around the page.

Sealed and glued down the copy of the drawing. Considerably smaller than the original. Which is, I believe, A3 format, but might be bigger and on water colour paper.

The original Drawing. I think it says I drew it in 2008…

And the photo the drawing was made from, not the best quality I’m sorry to say. It was an enlargement of a scan from a tiny photo taken a loooonnnggg time ago.

These are the colours I decided on using, but with it only being a tiny picture, I’ve got way to much…ah well.

And here’s the result. It’s not perfect and I may go back in later to adjust something here and there. Maybe add an arm to the left, but for now I feel I should leave it alone.

Now I shouldn’t analyse, but I think by doing this I feel a little closer to actualy painting over the real drawing. But maybe not just now….. I might practice a little more.

I like how it turned out, it’s cute, it’s happy. I’m happy with it. I might even enter it in some challenges, when I can find some with the right prompt. I must confess, I am terrible at remembering them after I first see them. I always think to myself I should remember this one, so I can do something with the prompt and then “promptly” forget where I saw it…

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Author: Monique

IT engineer, Artisan, Artist and Designer. Mother of 2 kids and 4 cats.

13 thoughts on “New beginnings

  1. LOVE your progress! Great spread!

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  2. It has turned out really fantastic! Valerie

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  3. Love your Progress, love your spread,its fantastic!!!

    Hugs Jeannette

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  4. Wow this is a stunning project, gorgeous background and your drawing is stunning, even better with the paint 🙂
    thanks for joining us at FSC this time
    Claire xx

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  5. Such a fabulous project, great painting. Thanks for sharing with us at FSC.

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  6. Fantastic page, loved seeing the stages of its progress. Thank you for sharing it with us at FSC this time. Yvonne/Meggymay

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  7. amazing journal page – stunning painting ! Glad you remembered where our challenge was and thank you for sharing at FSC – Esther xx

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  8. Great painty pages and lots of expression. Thanks for sharing with Simon Says Stamp & Show. Sarah.

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  9. Thank you all for your kind comments!

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  10. Hi Monique, What a fabulous page, full of lovely rich colours.
    Love the step by step progress pics.
    Thanks for joining in at FSC
    Avril xx

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  11. Gorgeous project, thanks for sharing all the pictures at Craft-Room “So Sentimental” Challenge, good luck and welcome again;-))m

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  12. Great job- just tell that fear Gremlin to shut up and let you paint!!! thanks for sharing with us at Craft Room Challenge, Debi x

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