Friday, April 15, 2011

It's okay to color outside the lines!

One (of many) things I've learned as a mixed media artist is that precision is not always necessary or desired.  I need to remind myself often that "Art has no rules".  And, while I'm sure many artists would disagree with that I know it is how I want to create.
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!



  1. Hey Kimber...
    Great coloring outside the lines...and running with scissors! heheheheheee! Many thanks for the postcard from your collection's on my inspiration board now & will eventually end up in my art journal.

  2. Lovely Kimber! I think the color outside the lines creates a more artistic and spontaneous appearance - I can't wait to see the next page from your splotches!

  3. Hi Kimber, Just stopping by to check in. Haven't been by in a long time as we've been on missionary furlough in the states. Leaving Thursday to go home at last. I like what you did here, some good ideas. I love visiting blogs and being inspired even sometimes by the most simple of things or being reminded of something one already putting salt on the watercolor. Hope all is well with you.
    Coleen, still in U.S.