A Focused Journey: Finding a focus on the other side of 50.
I believe everyone’s life has a purpose. We are here to discover that purpose then use whatever gifts were bestowed upon us to make this world a better place. Some of us are fortunate as we know at an early age what that purpose is. Others, well, we go along, often digressing from the road that will take us there. This is me. Now on the other side of 50, I am finding my way back to that road that will lead to my life’s purpose. Welcome to my journey.
Storm have pushed through the past few days leaving behind devastation of homes, lives, and families. We have been fortunate. We experienced several thunderstorms and strong winds followed by cool, damp weather, but no damage.
Sunday morning I walked through the wet grass taking in how the the raindrops dressed up the garden.
I look forward to Saturday morning all week. Knowing I have this one quiet morning filled with hours set aside to do nothing but paint helps manage the stress of my teaching job. But not today...
The page started out okay. I Mod Podged the scraps I pulled with the intent of creating a mixed media page in my purple journal.
I sprayed it with dylusions ink in crushed grape but when I misted it with water it turned bubblegum pink in spots. This wasn't what I wanted!
I sprayed over it, moving the excess around with a paint brush. Now I'm just hating the look I've created. Just when I start adding Distress paint Allistair jumps up and tips over my full mug of coffee . I was going to take a photo of the mess but decided against it as coffee was running down the wall and short circuited the outlet.
I planned on cleaning up my craft room when school ended but now, thanks to this mishap I shall begin today. Perhaps my angels were trying to get my attention and used Allistair as their intermediary.
I love you Allistair but not so much today!
Looking for some input as to how to salvage this mess. I thought about using some purple die cut flowers or painting some flowers over the whole thing but what color do I use?
Do you have any suggestions as to how to save this?
Creating a page incorporating a photo from a very talented photo artist Chandra Lynn sent via a photo swap. My desire was to keep the page simple as to not detract from her gorgeous photo. For the background I glued down crumpled purple tissue paper. Thinking it was too plain I found a sheet of deep navy tissue paper which I sprayed with Perfect Pearls spray in pearl before gluing down. The crinkles give the page some need texture.
Using ribbon to frame the photo:
I was trying to match the leaves in the photo which have a touch of olive. I sprayed the olive vine first with Distress Stain in hickory smoke. It did not mute enough of the green so after drying it I sprayed it with Perfect Pearls spray in pewter.
Allistair was determined to "assist" me but became distracted playing in the paper.
And again as I was add the ribbon.
Give away reminder:
Help me find the perfect title for this purple art journal. If I use your suggestion I will send you an 8x10 mixed media piece, in purple of course! Go HERE to leave your suggested title.
Contemplating various titles for this journal: Perfectly Purple, A Discourse in Purple, or Purple Pleasures are what I have so far. If you have a suggestion or two I would love for you to share. If I decide to use it I will send you an 8x10 mixed media piece, in purple of course!
I tore these flowers from a piece of scrapbook paper for the corners.
Using Donna Downey's poppies stamps, Distress paint in broken china and blue glitter glue to create matching flowers for the center.
Blue quotes for the pockets from the Seize the Day desk calendar.
Now that it's spring I will have to shift my focus from working on this to my Spring journal. I did not make as much headway in this altered book as I wanted. Having started over twice on this project I think I have figured out what I want from it now.