"Dump Sheet Self-Portrait" is a modified idea from Journal Spilling: Mixed Media Techniques for Free Expression
by Diana Trout. Her concept is to identify your (self) critic through art. I like the concept, but the emphasis is negative and I prefer to emphasize the positive. "Dump Sheet Self-Portrait" begins by "dumping" the negative self-talk but then "flips" the negative to a positive to complete the mixed media reflection.
|Begin by "dumping" internal/self-talk about a specific topic/theme.|
|Draw your head, neck, shoulders & cut out & paste onto page.|
My "dump sheet" theme was the negative self-talk I found myself doing regarding my re-entering the world of writing. I have written countless articles and published several books, but I am re-entering after being out of that loop for a decade. I realized all of my self-talk was negative
and needed to be dumped and replaced with positive
. This exercise was helpful to identify the self-talk as being negative and to intentionally replace the negative with the positive.
|Paint the background and add bold words that counter the dump sheet. Top with more layers of paint.|
|Embellish with stamping.|
|Collage items in the background. [Add facial features; see top photo.]|