The 30 Day Challenge Reflection

The 30-day challenge has come to an end and if you haven’t checked out my paintings yet, you can see them on my Instagram page.

Although I will, of course, still continue painting, this challenge has been a great way to begin my own chain, add links, and track my progress.

What did I learn?

The growth that can happen in discovering solutions to my problems can be missed if I insist on projecting myself into the work, also known as “style.”

A couple things I did in my painting process that were pointed out to me were:

1. Going over my lines over and over again and using a white gel pen to clean around the edges
2. Improvising and color layering

I am very glad that I went through this process because I was free to explore while making huge improvements in my painting skills.

I also began to realize my painting ability should always match my technical ability in tattooing, which has helped me to see the importance of simple but strong images – images that have helped me trust the process without second guessing myself halfway through.

One of the insights I learned was to avoid focusing so much on self-expression by improvising and layering since it’s already a natural by-product of my work, just by the fact that I am the one doing it.

What helped me the most was having multiple projects going at one time; it helped my mind to switch gears. Whenever I felt like I was slowing down or if I got sick of doing one flash, I just jumped over to the other one. It kept this momentum going where I could make progress without overanalyzing everything.

A lot of changes and transformation will be happening as the act of tattooing is coming to a reality.

As always, thanks for the support.

Haram Ahn is an artist living in St. Louis, MO. Haram is currently preparing for her tattoo apprenticeship at Ragtime Tattoo.  Read more

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