Embrace Mistakes

This is a page from my last journal. I painted and collaged on the opposite side of the page. I closed my sketchbook after I finished collaging, not thinking that the paint would still be wet. It made a huge red smear on the opposite side. I used my finger to move the paint around and thought that I saw a silhouette of a person sleeping. I used a gesture drawing of my friend asleep on the bus (that I drew two years ago) to fill the space. I think it turned out ok.

One of the key tips in Artist’s Journal Workshop by Cathy Johnson, is to embrace your mistakes. Don’t rip out a page just because you think that you “messed up.” You can use your mistakes to create something new. Or you can look back to see how you have improved over time.

All Images © 2013 L.J. Hancock

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