Friday, July 5, 2013

Art Journal: Peaceful Tent

tent repaired wm

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This is another piece inspired by Junelle Jacobsen’s Wild Art Summer class. I am still struggling to be satisfied with less that exact, less than perfect, I am pleased with the “feeling” I was going for in this piece. I often need the reminder from Jesus, when he said to his disciples, “Come away with me. Let us go to a quiet place and rest for a while.” I was recently reminded by my son/spiritual mentor that solitude is often a necessary element for connecting with God.

I created this piece in my altered “Purpose-Driven Life” book. I started with a good coat of gesso and then used several shades of blue for the sky and several shades of green for the grass. I wanted to use cotton muslin for the tent, but since I did not have any on hand, I used some white crinoline, washed, scrunched and dried. I glued down the back side to the page, folded the fabric over twine, rolled back the flaps (adhered with fabric glue). I did not “stick down” the outside of the tent, so it is very bumpy and has lots of dimension, though it doesn’t show in the photo. I painted the tent with some white paint and lots of cream paint, and grunged it up with brown paint. I grunged up the whole thing with Coffee Archival Ink on a sponge.

repaired tent side view

Still so inexperienced with leaves and flowers. Working on it. I used a Uniball Signo for the white pen work and a Sharpie Fine Point and Molotow for the black lines.

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Kooky Makes said...

A lovely piece full of meaning for you.

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

One of my favorite scriptures is Be still and know that I am God.... So this tent would be so perfect for that! Love it! The flowers are fabulous!