Having an art journal really helps me with that. I love to experiment in my art journal. Especially with backgrounds. And since it is MY journal there definitely are no rules. If I mess something up I can look at it as a flopportunity and go with a different idea or adapt my original. It's not like I ever have to show it to anyone - that's up to me.
Another way to free things up and let the attempts at precision go is to color outside the lines as I did in the postcard you see below.
I doodled the image first with a fine point black Sharpie. The design was inspired by a blog I get alot of inspiration from - Geninne's Art Blog. She share's great examples and ideas of color, texture, shapes and design in her art and photography. Once I had the flowers drawn I painted the whole thing blue (didn't show up on the scan) and left it pretty wet so I could let the other colors bleed onto the paper. I love playing with watercolors and watching how they run together on the page. I really like how it looks when colored outside the lines.
Another fun way to make these flower doodles is to make the background first. You can "splotch" some splashes of different colors. Then you can use those splotches to decide where to place flowers (or not-remember no rules!). I have the background page painted for a journal page:
I'll be doodling on it the next couple days and will share the journal page when done.
And I'll keep reminding myself to not worry about how precise it is and not take myself too serious.
Art has no rules!
Thanks for looking at my blog! Have a great and creative weekend!