Have you ever had one of those days…er, weeks when nothing you made matched the picture you had in your head? Well that was me last week. I just couldn’t seem to get anything to work! So I just left everything alone during the weekend and went back to my craft area this morning to survey the damage. It turns out that things weren’t as terrible as I thought. I had a colored image I liked and then I started rummaging through my wastebasket. Lo and behold, I pulled out a piece of watercolor paper I had discarded. It turns out you can make a beautiful card from a rescued background after all.
Last week I was playing with my new Brusho dry paints, experimenting with colors, amounts of water and other variables. I’m all about scientific research, right? Anyway, some stray granules of the paint had been scattered across a clean sheet of watercolor paper. I took the side of my hand to get rid of them so I could play some more, but instead of going away, the granules left streaks where they had been brushed. I have no idea what I was thinking, but I grabbed a baby wipe that was on my desk and swiped that across. Maybe I was thinking I could wash it away, but it dissolved the paint and made even more pronounced streaks. Of course it did – that’s what Brusho does! Into the trash it went, but was rescued this morning. This is what it looked like after finding its way back onto my desk.
It kind of looks like raspberry lemonade, doesn’t it?
The Focus Image
Also last week, I had colored up the pretty wishing well from the Bright Wishes stamp set using watercolor pencils. I had a great time just scribbling different colors all over the image and going over them with an aqua painter. You can easily combine the 16 colors in the set to come up many, many different hues. And carefully coloring – that’s for sissies!
With watercolor pencils you can just lay down your colors and then fill in the area with your brush. Fast and easy. I have been known to stamp onto watercolor paper with archival ink, dash some color in the image and then bring them and an aqua painter along with me when I know I will be waiting for awhile. We are always looking for those spare moments to enjoy our crafting.
I loved the image and the vision I had required fussy cutting. So with scissors and hobby knife in hand, I released the wishing well from its background. Then disaster! I placed the well onto the background I had envisioned, and it was ALL. WRONG. I walked away and that was the last I looked until this morning.
I really liked the well so tried some different combinations of things, but nothing was going my way. Then to well fell on the rescued background and the sun shone and birds sang! It worked. A little cardstock here, a sentiment there, a spot of ribbon and sequins and we had a card! I popped the well up with dimensionals and I was happy with the result.
What I Used
It always feels good when you can rescue some of your work and make something beautiful with it. It might not have been your original vision, but true creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes, and then changing course and going forward. Have you ever been able to recover from what you initially thought was a major error? I would love to have you share with us by leaving a comment below.