I’ve always been kind of intimidated of using canvas boards. They always looked so professional and serious and I felt unworthy of them.
I finally faced my fear and ventured to alter my first canvas board. And totally amazed myself at the result!
Since I was so scared of altering a canvas board, I’d collage on every possible surface I could find — tin cans, manila folders, chipboard, playing cards, etc.
What made me brave now was the feeling that I’d “practiced” for this, that I had altered every possible surface I could find that there was no other surface I hadn’t worked on but canvas.
Yep, art is about being brave and taking the plunge. But it definitely helps if you practiced a lot first.
When I saw the final product of this, what I had made with my own hands, I was shocked and in awe. I keep looking at it, thinking maybe I copied it somewhere instead of using my own design.
I looked at the pieces and although I’ve seen some of the elements in other people’s work, this was my own, my own likes, my favorite colors.
It’s kinda scary looking at something you made and just know that the art was there all along, waiting for you to come play and reveal it.
So, don’t be afraid. Take the plunge. And you never know when you’ll be able to amaze yourself!