When it comes to actually painting in my journals, I typically like to have the right kind of paper. Not necessarily high quality artist paper but something thicker, usually inexpensive watercolor paper. Since I began making these more scrappy type of journals with lots of recycled paper, I've noticed that I've been relying more on pen and ink than paint for coloring my pages and that's fine--I love it--but I miss my paint! So when I started thinking about this latest journal, I knew wanted to be able to incorporate more paint on the pages and that meant either adding lots of watercolor paper (expensive) or getting over my apprehension of painting on thinner papers and work with what I have. I decided on both.
Here, I've painted right on top of a Starbucks pamphlet. In the first picture I painted on some old ledger paper. Below are are 2 different watercolor papers, one cheap, one more expensive. And you know what? I love them all. I have noticed that some of the thinner papers do buckle a bit under the moisture of the paint but actually not as much as I thought they would. So my experiment is a success. I have now successfully overcome my worry of having to have the "right" paper in order to paint freely and have once again been reminded that using what you have is just as good as holding out for the Best and may even open up opportunities to be creative that you hadn't even thought of before!
What assumptions, expectations or other beliefs are holding you back from doing your best work?