Word Of The Year 2016: Relax…

Mixed Media Art: Relax.  Breathe.  Enjoy

Hello friends!  This is a super fun and easy mixed media piece that celebrates my mantra for the year (and beyond!)…

Relax.  Breathe.  Enjoy!

So often, we get caught up in the end results rather than enjoy the process and the journey.  We worry that we aren’t good enough, or that it is taking too long, or that people (or worst of all, ourselves) won’t like what we make.  The inner critic rears its head too often, and it twists what we enjoy into something stressful or hurtful.  We get frustrated, and we walk away.

I spent years in this mindset, and as a result, I created very little.  I would enjoy others’ art.  I would research the heck out of different techniques and buy all of the materials… but then I froze when I sat down to actually DO it.  The few times I did start, I was immediately flustered and unhappy with the result.  Of course I was – I expected to create a masterpiece right off the bat, and I wasn’t appreciating the pure fun of playing with paints and pens and brushes!  I was focused on what I thought the result should be.

Does this sound familiar to you? 

Mixed Media Art: Relax. Breathe. Enjoy - Detail 2

I’m going to sound like an infomercial for a second here when I say… I will share the secret with you! 😉   Psst… come closer…  okay.  Here it is.

RELAX!  You are good enough.  You are worthy.  You can create.  We all can create!

BREATHE!  Art is a process, not a destination.  Every time you pick up your materials, you are learning and evolving.  Allow yourself the freedom to play, to learn, to experiment, to make crazy works of art without trying to beat them into “perfection.”   They are all stepping stones in your journey, and every single one is necessary and beautiful in its own right.

ENJOY!   Art is fun!  Play with your paints and your stamps and your stencils.  Get your hands dirty!  Laugh at happy accidents.  Look at all the pretty colors!  And when you’ve gone as far as you can with a piece… grab another sheet of paper and do it again!  And again!  And never stop.  Why on earth would you stop? Look at all the fun you’re having! 😀  If your inner critic taps you on the shoulder… reply with “Yeah, yeah.  I’ll work on that bit next time.  Now let me get back to it! *throws paint around*”

Mixed Media Art: Relax. Breathe. Enjoy - Detail 1

This was created on 11 x 14 hot press 140lb. watercolor paper.  Layers of collage papers (scrapbook paper, dictionary pages, sheet music) were adhered with matte medium.  Caran d’Ache Neocolor II crayons, acrylic paints, stencils added color and some letter stamps filled in the sentiment.  Hearts were also cut out of paper to use as DIY stencils with some spray inks.  Gesso was used on the background and in the hearts to mute the bright colors.

Mixed Media Art: Relax. Breathe. Enjoy - Detail 4

Supplies List:

Mixed Media Art: Relax. Breathe. Enjoy - Detail 3

Do you have a word of the year, or a new outlook on life or your art?   Please share it! 🙂

Many thanks to all for reading today.  I hope to see you soon!  Have a wonderful day!

Thank you to Tamara Laporte (willowing.org) and Life Book 2016 for the inspiration, motivation, and guidance – both for this piece of art and the positive outlook.  <3


DISCLAIMER: Affiliate links are used where possible. Thank you for your support!