I am participating in an online Bible study on forgiveness, based on Suzanne Eller’s book, The Unburdened Heart. So far, we are in the Introductory phase (so it’s not too late to join), and we have been given a thought for the week: “It’s not what was, but what can be.” As we prepare to see what God’s Word has to say about forgiveness, I can understand how it will be important to embrace this thought.
Suzie said, “Prayerfully remind yourself of this phrase. Write it on the mirror. Put it on the dashboard of your car, or on a sticky note on the computer screen.”
Here lately, any time I hear a meaningful phrase that I want to think on, or set before myself, I think “art journal page.” So, I decided to do something with a background I had just put down in my Inspiration Journal, using Lumiere Halo Blue Gold (light body metallic acrylic). I love this paint, because it is really several colors in one. Here is the background. All I did was spread it around with an old gift card. The two pictures that follow were taken from a little different angle, but it is the very same page (the metallic color is amazing-one paint does this!).
I had also been wanting to use some stamps from Artistic Outpost. I love the stamps but had never used them. So, I decided the idea of birds fit rather nicely with the “unburdened” theme.
I stamped the images on watercolor paper. For the robin and nest, I painted them with Perfect Pearls (mixed with water in a palette and allowed to dry and then painted from the palette with a water brush). For the other images, I used Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils and a water brush.
In retrospect, I’m not thrilled with the way the water colored images look on the page, and I wish I had not been so intent on using them. But, it does convey a meaning, and it’s just a page, after all, so I’ll get over it!
Also on the background, I used Golden Molding Paste (left it white) and Golden Glass Bead Gel through a stencil. The Glass Bead Gel is transparent, so it looks like the color of the background, but in actuality, it is clear and raised, as is more obvious here:
For other background dimension, I stamped with a Tim Holtz background stamp and a Wendy Vecchi script stamp. I used a charcoal pencil to outline the words and the images.
Since I am using some stamps I have owned for some time but have never used, I will link this project to the current challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show, a stamp you love but don’t use. My favorite of these is the nest with bird eggs.
Also linking to Frilly and Funkie’s Challenge, Layer it On and Share a Word.