Friday, January 10, 2014

Embracing 2014

The internet is buzzing with talk about choosing a word for the coming year instead of making resolutions. Choosing one word seems more practical than making a list of things I will never do. Here are some photos to verify that I have actually chosen a word, and not just fantasized about it.

An act of holding close with the arms,
an enclosure or encirclement,
eager acceptance. 
Here's the whole page.

This is the facing page. It's not finished.
Some technical stuff: The page backgrounds are Gelli-printed deli paper collages. The flowers and leaves are stencils, the peacock feather was cut out of scrapbook paper on a Silhouette Cameo cutting machine, the "mind body spirit" is from a Stencil Girls Stencil Club stencil designed by Jessica Sporn. The three round swirly patterns in dark pink, to the left of the peacock feather, were made by heating a foam "marshmallow" from Michaels with a heat gun, then pressing into a carved pipe bowl to make a stamp. In person, the pages have a fair amount of shimmer from a Wink of Stella brush pen and Daler & Rowney FW Acrylic Inks. I did all the lettering by hand, except for "mind body spirit", with Posca Paint Pens and a Pentel EnerGel .35mm pen. If you are new to art journaling, don't worry about acquiring all this stuff at first. It's expensive. I did not get all these supplies overnight. I've used Michaels 40% off coupons, Jo-Ann's online sales, and special offers wherever I can find them. Just use what you have and enjoy yourself!

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