It seems that if I haven't worked a piece to death, it isn't going to make me happy. This 4.25" X 5.5" piece began as a card front with a background stamp of lines crisscrossing. Then I painted over them with a yellow Neocolor crayon. I liked the start and it sat waiting for what should be next.
The next came when I thought I'd like a Color Burst butterfly stamped on. I put some Merlot color burst powder on a plastic surface, spritzed with water, then set my butterfly rubber stamp in the puddle, lightly dabbed some water off on a newsprint pad then stamped on my piece. I liked it well enough until I decided to add some illegible writing. I stamped that on and immediately was sorry. It hit the trash right away. Later I removed it from the trash to try and fix and save it.
I'm not a big fan of gesso, but I thought that might lighten everything and help. Too light. I also don't like the way gesso feels and I don't like putting a clear protective finish over it. I took an emery board and ran it across the whole thing. Better. I can live it. After that I got out the Yellow Ochre color burst and painted what you see now. That I like very much now. For some reason I like the sloppy look of it.
I thought I'd stamp words of somekind on it for a card, but I can't seem to decide what kind of card. Then I decided I really love it and want to keep it. Maybe I should start an art journal for these small pieces that surprise me.
But here's the thing. I only am pretending to be an artist. So I can't decide whether it is finished or not. Whether it needs something more or not. I'm also afraid to mess it up again. What do you think? Any advice?
When I look at these photos, I don't see anything special. But when I look at the real piece, I still love it. That is confusing.