A while ago I went on a course (for teachers) called 'philosophy for children' (I have blogged about this before...). It's not often I come away from a course feeling thoroughly enlightened but I really really did this time. One of the things we talked about was allowing yourself to fail, in this case as a teacher, and also allowing children in your class to fail because failure is part of learning. As adults we want to jump in and put things right don't we? Allowing myself to fail on this art journey I am on does not come easy but I have set myself a 'no tearing out' rule in my art journals which means I have to live with the failures. It's good for me! I know you don't all like the gothic images I use sometimes (because you tell me!) but it seemed appropriate in this case. The image came from Rian here. Do take a look, there are some fab freebies to be had :-)
I used Ranger dabbers but I wanted to intensify the colours a bit so I experimented with some Starburst Stains I got from The Stamp Man. I wasn't sure if these would work over acrylics but they did and they added a beautiful intense shimmery glow. Yum!
I don't always use gothic images, sometimes I do 'pretty'. On this ATC I used a Lynn Perella stamp on some asian text (which I burned around the edges), mounted on some hand-made paper, and stitched mica over the top:
I found this fabulously appropriate quote to go with the stamped image:
And finally, I added the 2010 to my calendar page. The background is still not complete, I'm working on it as I go along.