|Index cards 8-14 from week 2 of Daisy Yellow's Index-Card-a-Day Challenge 2012.|
Making these cards this week got me thinking about an idea that is connected to my "just show up and create" motto of last week. It is this: don't worry about making a mess. A few of my cards from this week I began filled with doubt. The mandala on the second card is a good example. I started out drawing with a fat brown marker and then starting adding watercolours - even though I knew the marker was not waterproof. I thought, "This is either going to turn out awful or amazing." I kept working on it and adding more details and the result was one of my favourite mandalas ever. The last card above is still one that I am not certain about. I had pulled out my acrylic paints for both that card and the first one of this week, but it had been so long since I had really worked in acrylics I wasn't sure what to do with them anymore. In the end I just starting putting some green paint down and seeing where it went. I still have a few doubts about that card: it's bold and messy and not really my style. But I think I am liking it more than I'm not liking it. (And it's green. I can never go wrong with green.)
Don't worry about making a mess or screwing up, because if you do you're not going to be able to relax and create. Remember, it's just an index card. If turns out that horribly, you can always throw it out and start over. But I didn't have to throw out any of my cards, and if you can just relax and have fun with it, chances are you won't have to either.
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