Today I want to share a surprise for me in a box! What box you say? A Quaker Oatmeal box!! LOL I was pulling a last pack of oatmeal from the box last week at work and rather than throwing the box away, I just cut the panels out of the box and thought I would just paint on them in lieu of any canvas right now! To my surprise, it went quite well! Hence, surprise in a box! LOLOL
Coating the box panels with the gesso was probably the hardest thing to do and it wasn't necessarily hard, I just had to coat it three times and even then I could see a little through, but it worked for texture anyway. I decided just to work on the two bigger panels for now and use the smaller in another project!
I have a drawer, as I am sure all of us do, of gelli print paper stash that I rip up and use from time to time, so I went through and just pulled from the color scheme I though I wanted and just collaged here and there with Mod Podge. I love collaging, it is so much fun! Messy, but fun! :)
I didn't take pictures in between the layers, but the end result turned out pretty good. I various Paper Artsy Fresco paints as well as some Silks Acrylic Glazes with fingers, old credit cards and through some stencils. It has been pull old stash week for some reason. I often forget about some of my stencils, so I had to pull out the oldie but goodies and it was fun. I did distress the edges with some Distress Inks and did some shadows with my Stabilo pencil and then of course added my stamped sentiment words and some stick on phrases from my Illustrated Faith word collection. I really did like how they turned out, just from an old oatmeal box! LOLOL
The two words I used on the panels were brought to my remembrance in our services on Sunday at church. Thrive.....Emerge....Both of those words resonate through me because I KNOW, without a shadow of a doubt, that I can "Emerge" through ANYTHING and "Thrive" in life because of my relationship with my Lord and Savior! In Romans 15:13 God's Word says "May the God of hope fill you will all joy and peace as you TRUST in Him, so that you may OVERFLOW with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit!" That says a whole lot about thriving! You have to "just believe," trusting in an Almighty Savior that fills you with that joy and peace to sustain you through ANYTHING that would come your way! You can't thrive if you don't KNOW His promise concerning you and His will for your life!!!
In Psalm 40:2 God's Word says "He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand!" WOW, what a promise! You can "Emerge" victorious "out of" ANYTHING if you have this promise written in your heart! He IS your Rock, He IS the Solid Foundation by which you stand! You can't KNOW that unless you have a personal relationship with Him whereby the Holy Spirit ministers those truths to you on a daily basis!
People in this day and age get hung up on the word "Success!" How do you know you are successful? I may not be what "you call" successful from a visual point of view, but in my heart I am successful in every way that I want to be, FULL of His grace, love and mercy which usher's me into every day living, preparing my steps, correcting me when I need it and honoring me when I follow His path! That very thing is what enables me to "sing His praises" every day! :)
Well, we are off on our wild adventure camping trip! We always look forward to our trips! We would stay ETERNALLY camping if we could! LOLOL We always have extra kiddos with us and other couples. It makes for soooooo much fun....I always say, the more the merrier! LOLOL If you are Spring Breaking it too this week, I hope you have the best of times making wonderful memories!!!
Have a blessed day! :)