Good Monday, my crafty friends! It seems ions since I have posted, even though it was last week! I have been extremely busy with many projects on my artsy table with swaps and challenges! Phew, I'm wiping my brown now as I speak! LOL I don't know how many of you do this on a regular basis??? I have been having fun however!! So I didn't post a lot last week due to getting all these wonderful projects done!
Today, I want to share one of them with you and maybe another tomorrow, you know, spread the love! LOL The others, I can't share until my partners receive them in the mail....don't want to spoil it! LOL So today, I will share my Monthly Journal Challenge over on Creating and Sharing Mixed Media Art on Google+. This month Ruth challenged us to a Magical Month journal page! I loved it and couldn't wait to get started on it!! After all, December is about as magical as it gets! LOL
I so loved doing this page and knew right away what I wanted to do! I centered it all around this digital print of this beautiful girl I found online! It was in a "freebie" site, so I pray that I haven't caused an issue by using her. That being said the artist is "B," which is on the bottom of her cloak and I totally give "B" ALL the praises for this drawing! She is gorgeous! So, "B," whomever you are, thank you so much, she's beautiful!
I started this spread with some gesso and then proceeded to add two different kinds of teal and a light blue paint with a kitchen sponge. All just cheapo acrylic paint. I then dotted some more gesso on here and there with that same sponge and then finished off with Distress Ink in Vintage photo on the edges and little bits here and there on the spread. As always, I sprayed a fixative on it so the Distress Ink wouldn't move because I knew I would be putting other things on top.
I then, took my Let it Snow stencil by Dyan Reavely and put some modeling paste through giving me the snow effect. I then found some great free online digital art of holly, birds and star and fussy cut them all out. I took out my wonderful gelatos and placed various colors on my craft mat and spritz with water and painted the beautiful girl and star in several blues. I knew I wanted her "fluff" around her face and on the bottom of her cloak to sparkle and pop, so I added modeling paste to both and them sprinkled Ranger's Distress Stickles Glitter in Clear Rock Candy over top. I absolutely LOVE that stuff! I could use it on EVERYTHING! LOL! I then heat set it and it looked brilliant. I also stamped with one of my favorite Itty Bitty Stamps from Unity Stamps, "Jesus is the Reason" on some beautiful Christmas craft paper.
I modge podged everything down and as I did, I put more modge podge in various areas of the spread and sprinkled more of the glitter from Ranger over and heat set for a zing! When I fussy cut the little girl, I had to cut off her hair and tassel on the hood, so after I heat set, I drew those back in. I then took some alphabet letters from a Tim Holtz stash I had and some pretty crystal looking rhinestones and glued them down with Ahleene's. I took my favorite Faber-Castell Big Brush Pen in Nougat and simply shaded all the yummy pieces. And there you have it! Simple, but from my heart!
This theme was dear to my heart because I love the Christmas holiday, BUT mostly because it celebrates the magical time of my Savior Jesus Christs' birth! The scripture that I immediately thought of when I heard the theme was from Luke 2 "But the angel said to them, do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings and GREAT JOY which will be to ALL people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord."(v. 10-11) Glory to God in the highest!! What manner of love is this that our Father God would send His only Son to earth to be born a man, to live a sinless life and be the greatest gift of life to all those who receive it?? I am SO, thankful for this ETERNAL gift of life! THAT is what I call magical! Magical star that ushered in the precious life of the baby Jesus to bring ME life! I pray this holiday season you come to enjoy the magic of the Father's love for you!
I will also be sharing this journal spread over on Sunday Sentiments at IndyDinkyDoodle blogspot! If you haven't visited my friend Zsuzsa's blog, hop on over and check it out, you will love it! :)
You be blessed today as you ponder on the magic of Christmas! :)