Friday, June 29, 2012

It's Friday, Friday, Friday!

A quick post today before the weekend...

Here are some amazing blog posts I've read this week and videos I've watched:
The One Minute Muse videos inspired me to use modeling paste on this design, which I did for the Mojo Monday sketch challenge, as well as for the Run With Scissors Day 27 Prompt, which was "what touched your heart today."  Here's the sketch, and here's my interpretation.  It's hard to see in the scan, but the circles around the main design are all raised with the modeling paste.  It was so much fun and I hope to use it more. (Next time, I'll remember to take some pictures of the process.)
What touched my heart yesterday (and frankly touches my heart daily), was my sweet husband tip-toeing into our room at 4:45 AM to go to bed.  He works four nights a week, and tries so hard not to wake me when he comes home.  He wakes up every day at noon, and then does all he can to give me time to paint.  He does the laundry, keeps the kitchen clean, takes our younger daughter to many of her afternoon activities, and is just the nicest, kindest, most open-hearted person I have ever met.  I learn compassion, patience, and kindness from him on a daily basis.  So yesterday morning, when he unintentionally made some noise when coming into our room, I thought it's fine, because every morning just gives me another day to love him.  (collective awwwww.....)   I'm going to link this up to Try it On Tuesday's Anything Goes Challenge, and the Anything Goes Challenge blog, which has a Polka dot with a birthday theme prompt.  I think this would make a nice birthday card, don't you?  Also, please go to Paint Party Friday and check out this, and all the great work there.   

Day 28's RWS prompt was to "list 10 journal prompts that you could possibly use in your journal, after this class is over."  Over the past few weeks, I have been cutting words out of the New York Times' headlines to use in art journaling.  I randomly pulled out 10, and created prompts based on them.  It's hard to read my handwriting, so I'll write them below.
1.  Taking a Chance:  When did I take a chance - a leap of faith - how did it turn out?
2.  How Well They Teach:  Who do I see or have I seen as important teachers in my life?  What did I learn?
3.  Inventing the Future:  Where do I want ot be 5, 10, 15 years from now?
4.  Sacrifices:  What have I given up in the past to live the life I lead in the present?  What would I give up now to lead the life I want to lead in the future?
5.  Radical to Mundane and to Radical Again:  What once seemed new that now feels old and boring?  How can I see it as new again?
6.  Future Imperfect:  what is different about my life than what I once expected it to be?  How is the way it turned out perfect or imperfect?
7.  Triumphs and Defeats:  What do I see as triumphs and defeats in my life?  What have they taught me?  Have I ever learned more from "defeats," than "triumphs?"
8.  Security:  What makes me feel safe and secure?  Where do I go for comfort and refuge?
9.  Divided by God: What does "God" mean to me?  How does "God" or the sacred figure in my life?
10:  Friendship:  What do I value most in a friendship?  Who best embodies this in my life?
11:  Lifelong Fan:  What have I consistently been a fan of, or valued, in my life?
12:  Sink or Swim:  What challenge do I need to just "jump in" to?  What does "sink" mean to me?

If you use any of these as inspiration (and feel free to do so), please link back and let me know!

As always, thank you for visiting! If you are so moved, please leave a comment. Hearing from you means the world to me.


  1. Hey Jessica, I love these prompts! This is Marcia from Artists in Blogland. You said you would like to do a guest post or giveaway? I have several ideas that might be cool... First, I love your Wednesday Mashup idea. Would you like to create a guest post challenging our readers to do a "Wednesday Mash up" of their own? Maybe explain how to do it and include a finished example of yours? OR... or (AND)... I love your prompts. Would you like to host a series of art journaling prompts? Show your prompt and then show the artwork related to it? It could be a few weeks in a row or however you want to do it. Giveaway are also super fun and I always love those when I see them on a blog. Let me know which of these you would like to do (any or all!)

    1. Hi Marcia - I sent you an email so we can speak directly. Thanks so much and I look forward to speaking with you.

  2. Loving your circles and your journal page with its great words. Happy PPF, Annette x

  3. I love the journal page with the prompts! It just goes to show that we can never run out of things to write about as long as we keep our eyes open.

    -- Sarah, visiting from Artists in Blogland

  4. Oh dear! I don't know why my comments keep disappearing! Anyhow I am going to cut out words too. When I need words for found poetry I usually spend so much time searching for it! I think your way is better! Patsy

  5. great prompts, and a shoutout to your amazing husband! "running with scissors" sounds kind of scary! ha ha but I love the design - looks like a well-tended French or English garden from a birds eye view to me

  6. Great repetition and use of modeling paste!
    Wonderful variety, too!
    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  7. Gorgeous, love this sweet card, thanks for joining our challenge at Anything Goes, Gaynor DT xx

  8. Hi Jessica,

    I'm popping over from my blog where you left a comment. It was so nice of you to visit and let me know you created with yellow/gray also, now I got to see your art. I LOOOOOVE these pages, the first one is so something I would love to do, all those circles and doodles are my favorite. You did a great job on this sketch and using the modeling paste, LOVE IT!!

    The journal prompts list ideas are so cool, what a great idea to take clippings from the newspaper. I love the way this turned out. I had a couple ideas already of my own and will share them with you later.

    How sweet your hubby is to not wake you and do so much during the day so you can paint. AWESOME!!

    It was so nice to meet you, I'm signing up to follow your blog now also.
    Peeked at your other posts real quick and love them also, will have to look again when I have more time.
    Thanks again for the shout out, really loved these.

  9. I agree, Provincetown is a great inspiration. Your hubby is amazing, definitely a Keeper. I am so happy for you. I love the artwork, yes, good birthday card. Blessings, Janet, PPF

  10. Lucky you with that precious hubby!! Both pages are just amazing!! I love them, both texture and color!! I enjoyed all the one minute videos too!! Thanks for hooking me up!! Happy ppf!

    Hugs Giggles

  11. oh this is one super journal page and just love the colours,they are amazing,bless you for playing at anything goes,this week hugs Cherylxx

  12. I love both pieces.... such lovely details and colours.

    Ahh your husband sounds lovely :)

    btw thank you for your sweet comment


  13. Love both pieces butthe card especially - very innovative and quite funky!!Lovely sentiment your hubby sounds like a treasure. Thank you so much for joining us at TioT this week. Cindy

  14. What a touching way to honor him! I love that your art is a celebration of the joys in your life!

  15. Oh my gosh - AWESOME!
    great inspiration!
    You are invited to our

    xxx Susi


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