Thursday, March 22, 2018

Permission to create

Sometimes I get into an artistic slump. I know I am not alone. 
I sit at my desk wanting to create, but not sure where to start.
I think the stress comes because I want everything that I create to 
be something SPECIAL, or FABULOUS. or whatever adjective you pick.
I watched a Youtube video that gave permission to create UGLY ART. 
Meaning don't worry about if it is ugly or pretty just create.

Sing, sing a song
Sing out loud
Sing out strong
Sing of good things not bad
Sing of happy not sad
Sing, sing a song
Make it simple to last
Your whole life long
Don't worry that it's not
Good enough for anyone
Else to hear
Just sing, sing a song

Just as the song says "Don't worry that it's not good enough for anyone..."

So I gave myself permission to just create.  
I started by going to Pinterest. I typed "MIXED MEDIA BLUE ROBIN" . My intention was to get some inspiration. I picked the project that spoke to me. This was the project. I liked the little bird with the heart.

So I pulled out a scrap of paper and sketched the little bird. At this point I shut off pinterest and let my own creativity take over.

was to celebrate World Water day.  I sketched my little bird again on some white cardstock.
 I chose to watercolor my little bird.

After I watercolored him I wanted to add a circle like the inspiration photo but I had my oval stencil on my desk and I didn't want to have to look for my circles. So I added an oval that I decided to turn into a flower stem. I then added some marker, ink pen, stamping, colored pencils cheesecloth, sequins, and splattered white acrylic paint. 
It isn't a masterpiece but I had a lot of fun in the creative process.

I made this card for:
DL.ART Thankful Thursday 225- Flowers
and Try it on Tuesdays-The call of Spring Mood Board that has Birds
and The Sisterhood of Crafters- Birds


  1. Well, a beautiful creation indeed! This is so cool and I love the beautiful bird you drew and water colored.

    1. Thanks Verna. It was a fun way to spend the afternoon.

  2. What a fabulous result from you creative session MariLynn - love it!

  3. Thank you Maxine. It was fun to just sit and create and listen to hymns.

  4. WOW great job! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood’s ‘Birds’ challenge and please come back again soon!
    one of the 'Sistahs'
    The Sisterhood of Crafters
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit!

  5. AMAZING! I am thrilled about your lovely project! Pinterest is such a great inspiration and I love it as well!
    Great to see you at Try It On Tuesday! Much appreciated!
    oxo Susi

  6. WOW!!!! beautiful MariLynn I love the poem and it just made me want to sing lovely colors.I love it.
    Thank you for entering the DL.ART THANKFUL THURSDAY challenge #225-“FLOWERS” for this challenge. Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.


  7. I love how you got your inspiration for this very creative card. You added in some fun texture too! I am glad you shared this with us at TIOT! Happy weekend. hugs-Erika

  8. Its a really sweet bird and a wonderful piece for our Try it on Tuesdays theme, thank you for sharing it with us.

  9. Beautiful piece of art! Thanks for sharing it with us at The Sisterhood of Crafters and we hope to see more of your wonderful creations again! Hugs, Gwendolyn

  10. So pretty I love the way you watercolored the bird and the background. Thank you for entering your creative project into the DL.ART Thankful Thursday Challenge