Things I learned today…

Hi friends! Today is a development day (AKA trying all kinds of things and hoping at least one idea turns into something LOL!) and during today’s creating I learned a few things…

  1. Simplifying an idea is harder than making it more complex. I think it was Thomas Jefferson who wrote “Sorry for this long letter but I didn’t have time to make it shorter.” Ain’t that the truth! Distilling something down to its powerful essence takes time and we should allow ourselves that time.
  2. When your brain hits a block move your body! I was stuck trying to paint a magnolia in a very simple loose way and every try was worse than the previous one. I was restless and antsy so I put down my brush and hopped on the treadmill (A walk outside would be better but it is just to darn cold in Maine, someone didn’t get the memo that it’s April LOL!) and during my walk a solution to another creative problem became apparent.
  3. Sometimes cheaper paint is better. Some of the small paintings I was working on today are for a workshop I am teaching in June (more details to follow when enrollment opens) and I was working on Indian handmade paper with the Aquafine paints I teach workshops with. Just for fun I tried one of my demos with Daniel Smith watercolors to see how different it would look and on the Indian paper that is rough and has less sizing than American paper the paint feathered and bled and was not as vibrant. To think I was worried I might be having a worse result with the less expensive paint but actually I was getting a better one! *This is because student grade paints have filters that thicken the paint and keep sitting on top if the paper rather and seeping in an feathering on papers with less sizing.

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What have you learned today? remember to try something new because you either succeed of you learn and if you are lucky you might just do both:) Happy crafting!

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19 Responses

  1. Enjoyed this. TFS

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  2. I thought about your advice (you either succeed or you learn) just a couple of days ago. I was working on a flower that was clearly not turning out well. But, I added a couple of overturned leaves that i have never been able to get right and they were great. Your advice always hits the mark! Thanks, Lindsay!

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  3. Since you are trying new things….have you ever painted rocks? It is a popular past time right now.

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  4. If something gets me frustrated, I quit on it for awhile and get make to it later. Later I get it the way I want it.

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  5. Lindsay, you are always such an inspiration and I love your upbeat ability to try stuff out with us watching, even when it doesn’t turn out exactly as you’d planned. We learn so much. I had to look up your quote attributed to Thomas Jefferson and found amazing variations, not from him but his colleague, Ben Franklin. Check it out:

    https://quoteinvestigator.com/2012/04/28/shorter-letter/

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  6. Thank you so much for all of your positive comments in your blog and in the numerous videos I have seen.I count you as one of my dear friends and am always curious as to what new project you will present. Thank you for all your efforts. Love your courses!!!!

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  7. You are so right: Yoda , of Star Wars fame, said,” There is no fail. You succeed or you learn.”

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  8. I can’t find any other way to communicate with you. I have signed up for the drawing class and the watercolor class and I cannot get in. Will you please check into this for me please?

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  9. once again you make me smile and learn Hope it warms up soon.

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  10. Hello, Lindsay! Thanks for all your videos, I’ve been watching you for a while and you’re a God-sent for crafters!your videos are so useful! Big question for you: I live in Europe, in an area where you can’t buy spray inks. I’m trying to make my own, but they don’t produce Isopropyl Alcohol, they use only Ethyl Alcohol for medical purposes. So would Ethyl Alcohol work for these or would Vodka be better, since it evaporates fast and leaves pigment behind on the surface used?

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    • I just use water in mine honestly. I am not sure what is in the alcohol you have available but if you use it make sure it is ok to spray meaning make sure it does not have chemicals unsafe to breathe in.

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      • Oh, wow! So they would work even without alcohol? Who knew? I thought the alcohol was the first ingredient for the alcohol inks! Well, then I’ll try that 😀 Thanks so much for your timely reply! Blessings, Liz B.

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  11. I love when you show your fails and how you fix it. I can’t count the number of times when I create a hot mess and pitch it! I do like the quote re succeeding or learning. I’ve learned a lot! Thanks for sharing your experience and showing how to get out of the hot mess stage.

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  12. I love what you said i will try to do the same instead of getting mad at myself.. Love all your art Lindsay it keeps me in happy mode usually! Cuz you tell us how to do it! We learn.. Thanks!

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  13. Awesome observations. A bit of tie in to a news story I heard today about recesses in schools and whether or not they’re necessary. I not only think it blows off steam, but it can help them learn better once they’re back in the classroom just like your recess on the treadmill did! After all we’re just big, ole kids, too. Lol

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  14. I love how your crafting is so versatile. You are able to use just about anything and make it a beautiful project. You have a wonderful and amazing talent. I especially love the videos you make about using things that are already in your stash. I buy lots of products on clearance also so I Iaugh at your comments. I think making videos about things people already have in their stash is a topic that doesn’t get too much attention. I understand this because of money and profit. The reality is: most of the stamps and dies just repeat themselves. I have noticed this when when looking thru my stash and made comparisons with some of the new stuff coming out. How many more flower, animals, greetings, alphabet, misc stamps/dies can I possibly purchase? I would need a craft House instead of a craft room ! So, please Lindsay, keep making those videos about things in your stash. Who knows, maybe they will inspire someone to remake those products into the market again. I know eBay sellers are happy . Thanks again.

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