I’ve never actually painted on canvas before. I had helped the kids do a few projects on canvas, but never did one myself. I allow myself to call myself creative, but not artistic. To me, being artistic means you have some training, a method, and the ability to be precise. I am not precise. I am messy. So projects where I don’t need to measure exactly or cut a straight line are perfect for me.
I saw an idea on Pinterest and wanted to give it a try. Masking tape, canvas, and paint. How cool? Simple … and ok to be messy. Right?
I have just moved into a new office … and my waiting room desperately needed some art. So, I gave it a try. I got the canvas, acrylic paint, and masking tape. And I began ..
My inner gremlin grumbled as soon as I started taping, “Those lines aren’t straight.” And, then again, when I started to paint, “I bet the paint is bleeding underneath the tape. It’s going have blobs on it.” It went on for a bit, “This is going to look horrible, there is no way you can display this at your office.” “You’ve never painted before.” ”You aren’t artistic.”
And then, I went into the process of creating. I shut the gremlin up with enjoying filling in the white spaces one at a time. It was relaxing. It didn’t really matter what it looked like; it was mine. It would be imperfect. And that is okay. I am imperfect. And I am okay.
I went back to the painting whenever I had a few minutes, finishing it up over a couple of days. The gremlin tried to return when the paint was dry and I was ready to peel off the tape. It wanted me to worry about how it would turn out … but instead I was just excited.
I titled it, “The Paths We Cross”. Yes, the lines aren’t straight. And the paint edges aren’t clean. And it is still really cool and I am proud to say it is mine.
What does your gremlin say? What has it stopped you from doing? I have two great book suggestions that help you work with with quieting that inner negative voice …
- Taming Your Gremlin, by Richard David Carson
- You’ve Got Dragons, by Kathryn Cave (great for kids and adults)