Good Thursday all my crafty friends! Its been a very busy week for me. That's seems to be my theme lately!! LOLOLOL But I have to say that I am so blessed to have a job that I can say I am busy!! I love to work and enjoy being creative in that area of my life as well!
Speaking of creative....I want to share a journal spread with you today where I made creative play! I really didn't have anything on my mind, but just to play! I will say that I have been inspired by so many wonderful artists out there today who have the ability to just splatter paint up on something and make a masterpiece! It fascinates me and also leaves me envious of the gift of their eye! Mine usually "looks like" I threw it on there!!! But regardless, I love playing and pretending and besides, its in "my" journal, so it doesn't matter what it looks like! LOLOL
Last week I showed you guys pictures where I went to Donna Downey's Studio and, of course, one can get VERY inspired by going into her studio, but I was definitely inspired by her gorgeous use of COLORS. With this being the "autumn season" and all the "fall colors" going on, I just wanted to go a little off from that and do a blue tone for a slight change. I had gotten some goodies while at Donna's studio and the long coveted "Bubbles" stencil was one of them. I have wanted that stencil forever!! So I knew I would be using that in some way. I was also fortunate enough to be at the studio while Donna had this huge basket full of $5 grab bags for sale. I bought like three of them because I couldn't stand to leave them behind!! LOLOL Mostly what was in the bags were things that were left over from classes she has taught, but they were all AWESOME goodies. I got several well loved and used stencils and stamps along with ribbons, paints, emphemera, etc.... All fabulous stuff for sure!
I covered my pages with gesso and then using the "gift that keeps on giving" from my good friend Wanda Hentges, I layed down an assortment of PaperArtsy discontinued Fresco Paints. I basically put them down here and there "smooshing and swiping" as well as moving around with a baby wipe. I then took some of my favorite Silks Acrylic Glaze and put them through one of those well love stencils from Donna with a stencil brush. I then took a Faber Castell Big Brush Pen in Cobalt Blue and shaded the edges of my journal.
In one of the bags were these canvas circles that I really wanted to use. I sprayed them with some Tattered Angels, smooshed around some Fresco Paint here and there and then applied some of my homemade paste through the "Art Is" stencil from The Crafters Workshop. I wanted to do something more to the raised lettering, so I swiped some Inka Gold Metallic Rub in Cobalt Blue over the top and that gave it the zing I was looking for.
I like the homemade paste that I use for the most part, although it is not quite as thick as I would like it to be. I've tried every trick in the book, but it never seems to change??? Anywho......I used some of my paste through the bubbles stencil here and there and then also through another stencil from another grab bag that had the word "create" on it. I most certainly didn't think the process through very thoroughly because if I had, I would have sprayed a fixative over my pages before applying the paste! Yikes! The Silks came through the paste, but in the end, I kind of liked how it looked. From there I splattered some watered down Liquitex ink around and then edged my pages again with a black Faber Castell Big Brush Pen. Voila!
The scripture that came welling up in me as I did this spread was out of God's Word in Psalm 51:10 "Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me." I want to always remain pliable before the Father, but there are those times that I think, as carnal beings, we get in dangerous spots of "slothfulness." I can't say that I ever get in "true" areas where I don't want to do "anything" per say, but we all get lazy from time to time. God doesn't do "lukewarm!" He states so in His Word.
As of late, I have had to back off of a few things and just take a "time out" if you will. But that can be dangerous when you get in a rut. I have been before the Father lately with a heart of asking Him to create in me a new heart of vigor and a steadfast spirit! I need a new spark! We are about to turn the leaf to a new year and I want to finish one year with a vigor that sets the tone for a new year!! How about you?
In verse 15 of that same chapter the Psalmist asks God to open His lips and his mouth will declare Gods praises! Today, I pray God continually opens my lips and I will CONTINUALLY declare His praises! Let God create a pure heart in you today that His praises are on your lips! :)