Hi friends! Today I've got my second ever art journal page to share with you. It's one I needed to make after a very rough day. You know those days when no matter how hard you try to shine, it just feels like the world keeps putting a big snuffer over your teeny little spark of hope? Yep, it was one of THOSE days. And I needed to make sure that spark of hope stayed strong, so I hit the studio with some paint, ink, stencils, a magazine clipping and the Hope Perches Plain Jane.
It's amazing how therapeutic creating can be. I felt that these forces of light and darkness were warring within me, and wanted to show that struggle within the colors, so focused on a predominantly light, uplifting green and blue combo, with a patch of dark blue India ink over on the left side. I also wanted to show the rise of hope within, so I added some vine stenciling up the side of the page, with patches of hope (stamped onto a vintage book page) spread all around. Isn't the stenciling cool? I've had stencils collecting dust in the closet for years, but always thought they were kind of boring. Then I recently started watching some videos from Journal Artista, as well as from Christy Tomlinson that made me re-think these little tools and now I'm having SO MUCH FUN playing around with them. I love rediscovering something I thought was ordinary and finding it was so much more!
Okay, back to the page. Most importantly, I wanted to show a brightness coming out of the darkness, so added a stencil of a branch in white over the darkest part of the page. Because even through our darkest times, we grow, and sometimes even FLOURISH.
I came across and E. E. Cummings quote a few weeks ago that has really captivated my thoughts lately. It goes like this...
"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day to make you everybody else - means to fight the hardest battle which any human being could fight; and keep fighting."
Isn't that great? It sums up how I feel and inspires me to keep fighting those voices that keep telling me I need to be something other than exactly who I am. No pretenses, no excuses. Just me. I hope you find a little inspiration today to beat to your own drum and marvel in the wonder that is you! Thanks so much for stopping by!
Stamps: Hope Perches Plain Jane, Bountiful Backgrounds (Verve Stamps)
Paper: bird and nest image from magazine article, 9 x 10 Sketch Journal, vintage book page
Ink: Coffee Archival Ink (Ranger), Bombay India Inks, Golden heavy body acrylics, Kaisercraft Craft paint, Big Brush PITT pen (Faber Castell)
Accessories: Gesso (ProArt), vine stencil (Prima), branch and flower stencil (Delta), ModPodge