tEchNiQuE TuEsdaY: Learning a New Technique

I’ve put a different spin on this week’s Technique Tuesday…now before you groan and roll your eyes or click away in disappointment, this may be the best technique you could ever learn…How to Effectively Learn a New Technique! And if you read all the way through, you’ll find a linked list of all the techniques I’ve posted over the past six months for quick and easy reference!

It sounds so simple…I mean, who doesn’t know how to learn a new technique? I know, I know, not you…but do you have alot of time to learn new techniques? Probably not…because the fact is, none of us has alot of excess time to play and experiment when it comes to learning new things. And besides, in our instant-gratification world, we think we should be able to do a technique once and have it mastered after the first try…right? Uh, no…sorry!

Learning something new comes easy sometimes and other times, well, it can be downright painful! So if you’re going to take the time to learn something new, wouldn’t you like to know that you’re doing everything you can to ensure yourself a successful outcome?

How to Effectively Learn a New Technique
1. Assemble your supplies and read over all of the steps and tips/hints before beginning the technique. For many of us (myself included!) this is the hardest step to follow. I tend to be a very visual person and want to look at the photos and not read the words. But I’ve found (by trial and error!) that by missing a small detail in the directions can be the difference between success and failure!

2. Pay attention to color combinations and relationships. If you don’t have the exact same colors I used, don’t worry. The family of color is not as important as the combinations and relationship between colors. If I’ve selected monochromatic blues, go ahead and try monochromatic reds, just make sure the colors are monochromatic. If I’m using pastel yellow and orange, and you only have pastel blue and green, go ahead and use them; the relationship between the colors is what is important.

3. Think in terms of three…When it comes to learning a new technique, I suggest doing it three times! What…do it three times? Yes! I’ll tell you why…you’ve already got your supplies out and are mentally ready to try something new, so give yourself three chances to succeed!

  • If a technique has three steps to it, do the first step three times and then move on to the second step and do the same. The time it will take to do each step the second and third time is nothing compared to the amount of time it will take to start all over again if you’re not happy with the result of doing it only once.
  • Say you’re learning a colorant technique…don’t just take out one piece of cardstock…take out three. By doing the steps three times in a row, you take the pressure off of yourself to do it perfectly the first time! When you take the pressure off of yourself you are (1) more likely to risk experimenting which is the best environment for learning and (2) you’re more likely to have fun!!! Here’s why:
  1. On the first piece of cardstock, you’ll be wondering if you’re doing it right…
  2. On the second piece of cardstock, you will have realized what worked and what didn’t work…and now you have another chance to try it!
  3. On the third piece of cardstock, you’re no longer nervous, you’re more comfortable with what you’re doing…maybe you’re even having fun

If you’re one of those people who picks up new techniques quickly…yeah you! You haven’t wasted neither time nor energy by creating in 3’s; you will have just created a few extra pieces of beautifully colored cardstock that will be on hand for another project or swapped with a friend!

All this talk about learning techniques probably has you in the mood to learn, learn, learn! So I’ve put together a linked list of all the techniques I’ve posted over the past six months…

Abstract Photo Collage
- Acrylic Paint Blend
- Adventures in Pen & Ink
- Altered CD Cover
- Altered Photo + Tinted Overlay
- Create a Blog Header (courtesy of Lisa G)
- Create a Photoshop Fade (courtesy of Kelly Shults)
- Creative Photo Bleaching
- Custom Epoxy Embellishments
- Custom Stencil Designs
- Doodling 101: Basic Pen Strokes
- Doodling 101: Incorporating Doodled Designs
- Dye Ink Resist
- Gel Medium Imprints
- Got Grunge?
Layered Silhouettes
- Masking Tape Magic
- Tinted Transparencies
- Weathered Metal Surfaces
- Watercolor Crayon Wash
- 101 Things to do with Ribbon (courtesy of Shimelle)

Still hungry for more??? Make sure to bookmark these other sites I’ve found with posted techniques:
- Swirly (doodling) Exercise by Suzanne (Squillen on 2Ps!)
- Paper Peeling Technique by Kelly Shults
- Paint Wash Background by Kelly Shults
- Creating Your First Layout in Photoshop by Kelly Shults
- How to Alter a Book by Elizabeth Badurina

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6 Responses to tEchNiQuE TuEsdaY: Learning a New Technique

  1. Randell says:

    All this is so true! I really have to try new things 3 times! Thank you for the list of Technique tuesday projects that you have compiled together to share!

  2. melba says:

    Kelly I really enjoy Technique Tuesday. I am such a beginner when it comes to art terms and techniques; I like having a place to learn more. I have used some of your suggestions, like making things in threes and using baby wipes to wipe away apint on card stock. I just had an idea. But I am going to email you…

  3. melba says:

    That was suppose to be paint on cardstock, but I got so excited about my idea that I just pressed publish!

  4. tania says:

    girl you are top-notch! nothing short of amazing!

    THANK YOU, thank you, THANK YOU!

  5. lela says:

    i thought you might want to know that the link you have, “How to Alter a Book,” is not by Teesha Moore, but is by Elizabeth Badurina. (she has married so i’m not sure if her last name has changed.)

    Teesha does have a great info page titled, “How I Journal.” i’ve put the link here in case you want to check it out.

    i’ve been enjoying your blogs…
    thank you!!!

  6. kreativekell says:

    lela…many thanks for the correction! I appreciate your keen eye…and my apologies to Elizabeth Badurina.