September 11, 2014
So last night I texted a friend with the message “I am going to Micheals to ponder life, wanna join?” and she said yes! So we went to Micheals to ponder life. Now, you may be asking how I can actually do such a thing in a craft store and here is how!
When you walk though a craft store aisle by aisle you end up forming opinions on everything you see, BECAUSE everything in a craft store is a VISUAL experience. Even if you don’t think you are forming opinions you actually ARE. You subconsciously vote yeah/nah on everything you see. And that, my friends is how you end up walking out with WAY more than you initially wanted to!
I learned last night that I am comfortable with color, color I can control! We were looking at a package of pencil crayons where the pigment was random and multicolored. While I thought it would be a lot of fun to use them I just couldn’t cope with the idea that I would be coloring with one color and then it would just randomly change to another. I KNEW that I would be constantly looking at the tip of the pencil and rotating it to the color I wanted and it would just be this vicious circle of trying to control it and simply not succeeding! So I have officially found something that would be out of my comfort zone. NO, I did NOT buy them in order to challenge myself! Why? because it was bad enough that I had nightmares about those pencils, I really didn’t need them in my house to taunt me with their randomness! “Come on man, just try to control me! I DARE you!!”
After getting home from my life pondering adventure I continued to think on the subject of color. I decided that I KNOW I am comfortable using lots of saturating color that I can control. But if I look at my projects closely, can I find multi-colored papers? NO! The majority of my projects start out with the use of SOLIDS that I can control, PASTELS and NEUTRALS that I can control by adding more color or pattern over top of, or WHITE card stock that I can make into anything I like!
So okay, I like color but have my constraints with it, now that I know this I can address it and maybe, someday, perhaps, challenge that “wall” and take it down…but not today my friend!
After pondering color I next started to ponder black and white. Am I comfortable with black? Yes, but I typically use it as a support or grounding to the plethora of color I like to use. I like it as a statement tone, as a way of making things pop. I don’t think I have ever used it as a basis for a piece. Once again, I like that I can control it. At the same time, black feels very constricting, I can’t make it do everything that is in my minds eye.
White, on the other hand, is my very bestest friend in the whole wide world! Why? Because I can take it anywhere! Because it is so open and free and full of potential that I can’t get enough of it! With white I can add color, design, shape, background, pop…and on and on. I can even make it black! There are no constrictions with white, it is a color full of freedom and magic!
So it just goes to show, we all have our comfort zones, even if we don’t think we do. It might just take a walk in the craft store to find them!