To begin with, I wasn’t even drawing or painting then. I hardly even doodled.
So really, my three things are going to be really basic ones compared to those of a budding artist like Nellie.
I’m more like a bumbling artist
I’ve always thought of myself as creative, but I thought I was “meant” to write.
I topped in english, A+ all the way!
What else would I do?
Plus, although I enjoyed drawing, and could manage to create a picture that sort-of looked like the person I was sketching, it was just too much work, and I wasn’t happy with the results.
By drawing ‘tangles’, I freed myself from having to create a realistic picture.
It didn’t take long. I think I only actually drew three designs!
I also read something on someone’s blog; art isn’t photographic.
They said “If you want a photographic image of something, then use a camera”
Art is a representation, an interpretation by the artist.
I’m surprised at how little time it took me to get the courage to create & start trading ATC’s.
There were only a couple of weeks between first reading about them and making my first trade with tammybeck on ATCsForAll.com, which is a great community.
It was an incredible revelation for me to see that other people liked what I was creating.
~ And opened my mind to allow me to see the possibility of painting with acrylics and creating something larger.
I’ve made some great friends on the ATCsForAll site, trading cards and art supplies.
If you decide to take a look and join (or are already a member), please let me know so we can connect!
Originally, I saw myself beginning to paint with acrylics sometime later this year, but then the urge to just try became too great to resist.
I already had some Jo Sonja acrylics from years ago (that I’d never had the courage to use), so I grabbed a few canvases at our local shops one day and set to work.
Sooo glad I did. I feel like I’m finally becoming the person I’ve always wanted to be, and I can’t wait to see where I am this time in 2013!
Nellie (her real name is Katherine Herriman) has a few artsy tutorials on her blog, so I thought I’d share them here so that you can enjoy them, too.
- Grungy Background Painting Tutorial
- Mixed Media Art Techniques with Acrylics, PanPastels and Ranger’s Distress Ink
- Mixed Media Art Techniques with Glazes, Vintage Sewing Pattern Paper and PanPastels
(this one’s my fave)
Hope you enjoy!
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