Tuesday, January 15, 2013


My son complained the other day, that he liked to draw what was in his mind and he really didn't like people telling him what to create.  I tried to explain to him, that as a student it was important to learn to draw "on demand".  Learn the discipline.  I think working outside of your comfort zone is the same.  We are happiest working with things we are comfortable with. Color, mediums, like paints, or pencils, even techniques.  So how do we begin to work outside of our comfort zone?

Start with a palette
When doing free form peyote stitch, I start with a palette of  colors.  Not being an orange/yellow and gold person,  I found it challenging picking out these beads.  Once  my palette is put on the mat,  additional colors that add a bit of contrast, or enhance the original beads are added.   Greens, pinks and a red luster bead  work with the original beads.  True,  a little more comfort has been added  with these colors so, as I am learning the discipline, these will help calm my nerves.  Eventually, I may eliminate the comfort beads.  But as they work well with the original palette, I won't tell if you don't. 

Paper is the same way.  Pull together a bunch of colors that you are indifferent about or do not like at all.  Or use one of your journal inspirations.  Funny, I found an attraction to many things outside of my "go to" colors.   Have you  pulled together a couple of color schemes outside of your comfort zone?  Now, play around with the sheets of paper until that inner color guru tells you that it is  a good combination.  (Photographs here do not give you a good idea of what I 'm working with.)

Don't be afraid to try something.  That is what the Art Journal is for.  Put the piece in your journal. I like to mark mine with a YIKES!  or UGGGH! when something doesn't work.  But the journal is not just for those "UGGGHS";  Include your successes.   OK; how do I put a beaded piece in my art journal?.  Scan it or take a picture of it and put that in your book.  Until next time. Just itching to doodle....... 


Regina said...

I try do so this with fabrics, too. I am often amazed with what comes out of colors I am not too sure about to start with. I also have to keep in mind WHO I am creating something for - what works for me may not work for them, but I need to stretch myself to fit their world.

terri said...

I agree Regina. It is important to remember the WHO ,with any project. How often does our best friend have a different color palette, than our own. Remember color is color, no matter the medium.

Btw I think you do a wonderful job with your fabric.selections Regina. Even your random grandma Earl quilt. I love looking at it. I discover new things every time I do. It is alsi gray to take a nap under!