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For some unknown reason, a phrase just popped into my head, for the first time in years. When we lived in a tiny rural community many years ago, there was an older lady who would begin lots of her sentences with “Most general thing…,” using it much like we would say “usually” or “typically.” As I started to write here, I thought, “Most general thing”… is that I fill my journal pages with many, many elements. In this case, I made the background following exactly the steps that France Papillon used in her Stampotique challenge for this week and then kept it very plain and simple after that.
I was particularly glad to see France’s use of Dylusions spray inks without actually spraying (I don’t do it well). The background layers are: Tim Holtz Tissue Tape (no, not tissue paper), stamping (little circles) with Tarnished Brass Distress Stain, covering all with three colors of Dylusions Spray Ink (using a sponge) and topping with clear gesso.
So, I opted NOT to do my “most general thing.” I wanted only black silhouette images, and as I looked through my Tim Holtz dies, the Artful Dwellings caught my attention. As I often do, I thought of a relevant Scripture passage, this one referring to “peaceful dwellings.” So I painted chip board with black acrylic and cut the dwellings on my Vagabond. Resisting the temptation to add more and more, I must say I’m satisfied with the simplicity and the “peacefulness” that the dwellings imply, albeit on a wild and crazy background (life????)…
Do you remember…I LOVE the word “rest.” It calms me just to say the word (really).
My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest. - Isaiah 32:18 (NIV)