This card represents my artist within and I am thrilled I found the image of a child’s hand covered in paint because that’s how I feel when I’m working on my art – I am a child on a rainy day with all those finger paints. My mom never let me get too messy in the house as a child and art wasn’t something that really figured into my daily childhood activities unless I was with my Dad’s Mom who let me use her REAL GROWN UP art supplies. Oh how I loved that as a child. Anyway, there is one memory that really sticks out and it’s a rainy day when I was about 5 or so and my mom gave me finger paints to keep me entertained.
I’m learning how to not be so rigid in my art and am starting to explore more and more. This project is really helping me push beyond those barriers. Thus the image of the abstract female face represents me – grown up. The can of pens and brushes represents the organized side of me that needs to have everything in its place when it’s time to create – actually – being honest, it just needs to all be in its place PERIOD or I go crazy.
The painter crawling around represents me making this card. It seemed appropriate – like a small tribute to my unconscious that is leading me on this collage journey.
The butterflies are purposefully coming out of the different colors of paint, representing how the creation process, starts with an idea, undergoes a process of metamorphosis, and then is. Aside from that, I just needed to add butterflies since they are appearing throughout my life right now spontaneously and unexpected. It could be the result of remaining a caterpillar for so long – but that’s another story and several cards I’ve yet to create.
My only complaint with this card is it doesn’t include images relating to any of my usual mediums: beading, stamping, quilting – but how the heck I was going to get all of that into just one little card was overwhelming. I went with a simple message instead. Get messy, honor your inner spirit and you inner child, and amazing things will emerge during the joyful process.