Also, creating canvases has helped me return to my art journal for what it it's meant to be - a journal of experiences, experiments, and where I can embrace my creative self without judgment. Here are some of my pages from the last few days:
Last weekend, I was feeling in such a funk. It was hard to see the sunshine and feel the beauty of my life. We had a very busy weekend with too many "to dos" for my liking, and that was part of it. Also, I was very aware of it being the second to last weekend of the summer. The thought of packing up and closing our little summer cottage weighed me down. Even though I could identify the sources of my mood -- stress and genuine sadness, it was hard to kick it. I had to accept the fact that some days are just blue. Even though I wasn't in a great mood, I loved the colors of this page. Here's a close up that captures it more.
Second Floor Challenge to make a layout using 3 stamps. First, I stamped the page all over with a Michelle Ward rubber stamp called Graphic Details. I stamped Artists' Butterfly stamp several times on white copy paper on which I had scraped a pale blue background, painted the butterflies with fluid acrylics, cut 3 out, and pasted them on the page. Then I used alphabet stamps (don't remember the brand but from Michael's) for the printed lettering. I hope that still counts as 1 stamp!
Linking up to Dina Wakely's Out of the Journal, Artists in Blogland, and Paint Party Friday Please visit those blogs and spread some love to the amazing artists there.
Also, A Year in the Life of An Art Journal has just posted a very cool prompt to do a layout where you're speaking to your younger self. I'm definitely going to participate! And Creative Every Day's theme for September is "Time." I can't wait to see what people do...
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