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The Day I Decided to FAIL

posted by Misfit September 12, 2017

TODAY I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE DAY I DECIDED TO FAIL…

Yep, you heard me right, I’m going to purposefully set myself up for failure today…  Well, I guess let’s go ahead and get started…

In today’s post – I will be setting up 5 criteria that are usually associated with failure.  These include…

  1. WRONG PAPERI will be using Bristol paper ( a common paper for Copic markers) instead of watercolor paper.  This paper is thick and can take a good amount of water – but has no texture.  Making it pretty difficult when working with water control and details. 
  2. WRONG PAINTI will be using REEVES watercolor student grade paint.  Now, I have to say – for years I used these paints – simply because it was all I could afford.   And while they are great for the price – they definitely have their limitations.  

                  3-5. TECHNIQUES – The last 3 “failures” will focus on watercolor techniques.  First, using too much water.  Then                              using too little  and finally not allowing enough wait time between paint layers.  All of these are pretty common                                  mistakes for any artist (no matter how long you’ve been painting) to fall into.   

WHY AM I PURPOSEFULLY FAILING…

Now you may be asking – Carrie why are you purposefully setting yourself up for failure?  Well the first reason is because I want to show you – all artists even me have bad days. And secondly…and I think more importantly – I want to challenge how we view failure.   

RE-THINK FAILURE…

And the first way I want to challenge that is by asking the question…

1) WHY IS FAILURE SUCH A BAD THING?

I mean failure is inevitable:  No matter how you slice it – failure will happen whether you are a pro or a newb.   You are going to fail.   

2) MORE FAILURE = MORE SUCCESS

Well, at least that’s what we hope.  It sounds really strange – especially in our culture – where everything needs to be perfect the first time.   But think about it – if you are failing – you are ultimately TRYING and not only trying but LEARNING.   Which brings me to my next point…

3) FAILURE IS TEMPORARY

Yep!  Thankfully – we can’t be bad at something forever!  The more you try something – the more your brain will work out the kinks and figure out new and better ways to accomplish a task. Basically – if you are trying this means you are constantly inching forward.  

  

SO HERE’S WHAT I’M GETTING AT…

No matter how many supplies you have or how long you’ve been painting – always remember that every accomplishment starts with the decision to at least try. And if you are trying – even if it’s a complete disaster – you didn’t truly FAIL.  

BECAUSE THE ONLY WAY TO TRULY FAIL IS TO NEVER TRY IN THE FIRST PLACE.  

Anyway – here’s the finished product and I hope you enjoyed my little Misfit Ramblings of the day 🙂 

Lots of love to you all,

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