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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Take me to the Harvest Dance!

Coffee of the Day - Almond Roca

I am having fun using these wonderful bits of art from Mo's Digital Pencil. This one is called 'Harvest Dance', and it was such fun to get inky! A bit intimidating at first, I admit, but once I got going, I was having such fun! I tried to use colors that were found in nature. What I am also discovering with my digis and watercolors is the difference that the cardstock makes. I already had found out the hard way that the better quality inks in your printer work best for digital printing and coloring with watercolors. But when printing this image and another one on SU! vanilla cs, I discovered that it reacts much differently to watercolors than the whisper white. Too bad I can't get thicker paper through my printer. I've tried hand feeding it, but to no avail. That is okay, I kinda like the different effects achieved.

On to the card! Once I had finished coloring these fun guys (and I couldn't get the little fellas from the movie 'Willow' out of my head while I was making this!!!), I sprayed the main image with walnut gold glimmer mist to give a nice old world sheen. The cs base was distressed with sand paper and then the edges inked with caramel. Same with the dp. Papers are from the Basic Grey Archaic collection. Buttons are some cool ones I found on sale at JoAnn's that I picked up just for this card.

After posting this card over at PCP and SNR, some other INCREDIBLY talented ladies posted some of their creations. I had been pleased with the way my card had turned out, but then was really humbled after seeing some of the other things being done with Mo's artwork. But then I realized that this papercrafting gig isn't about comparing our stuff with other people's. Sure, we are human and can't help it. But what is most important is the process of creating. I am not supposed to be anyone else except who I am. I can't compare myself to anyone else. God made me to be just who I am. Sure, I'm supposed to improve myself with His help, but that is to be the best ME I can be. and to recognize that I have my own style, as goofy as that may be! :) and to bring that style about to its fullest.

So I share this with all of you in case someone else might be feeling a little intimidated by another person's creativity. Work on establishing your own style and then just keep at it. That is what I intend to do. Like the old saying from the 70's "keep on truckin'" or in this case, "keep on stampin'"!!! :D

love ya! Jennifer


The Wired Angel said...

Beautiful Jennifer!! Love it. By the way, I found a very light weight watercolor cardstock and was able to get it through my printer..Canson 90lb weight... it worked well.

Anonymous said...

beautiful card and I am loving your colors :)


Lauri said...

Thanks for your creation and your post!! It is SO tough to not compare ourselves to others and you are absolutely right that we need to have our own style! and when you figure out the printer thing.....definitely let me know! I have been printing some images on watercolor paper in my printer, but I am not sure my printer is the best...definitely takes some trial and error!

Gina said...

I live your card, great job water coloring these images. I love your comments too. I am blessed to have some very talented friends and for a long time, I kept trying to make things that looked like theirs did. It took me a long time to realize that I have my own style and to be okay with that and especially to be willing to share that with others.

Leigh Ann Baird said...

I love your nuggets of wisdom! I'm not even sure what my style is and I am guilty of comparing my work to the work of others...with myself falling short. But it's ok, I'm not a jealous person and I am happy when others do well. There's always someone richer, thinner, smarter, makes a better card, etc. and you are right that we need to just be ourselves.

Leigh Ann Baird said...

It's not just your nuggets of wisdom I love, your cards are great too!

Scrapping Julie said...

well said jennifer, i think that sort of thing all the time. but there is always going to be someone bigger and better crafter than yourself. and that is OK!!!
God loves us all! crafty or not

Scrubbybubbles(sue) said...

Beautiful jennifer! and never change your style girl. I know what your saying....I've compared myself many times but, then I come back around and realize the same thing...God has given me a unique talent taylored all to me. :)