Friday, 16 January 2015

New Art Journal

Hello Friends,

Recently I discovered a online community called, "His Kingdom Come". One of the groups, "Take Me Deeper", involves a weekly bible study that each member illustrates in an art journal. This is the cover I did for my mixed media journal. I attempted a sgraffito painting technique where you scratch a design or picture into a layer of wet paint which is applied over a layer of dry paint in a contrasting colour. I didn't like the results very much so I messed around with markers and more acrylic paint. I'm still not crazy about it, but it is what it is.
Another of the groups is called, "Logos 365". You pray and ask God to give you a word (or phrase) for 2015 that you can focus on throughout the year. The phrase I got was, "Make Space". I think there will be many layers of meaning for me to discover, but it is starting off very simply. I used the first pages of my TMD Journal (above) to illustrate the 'Make Space' theme. I used acrylic paints for my backgrounds and cut-outs from an old calendar.
I used texture paste, a plastic alpha stencil and red embossing powder for the MAKE SPACE letters. It was a tedious process. I could do only one-two letters at a time because I had to dry them before I could set the stencil on top to do my next letter/s. But I think it was worth the trouble. I really like how it turned out.
The words and pictures were cut from an old calendar. "Home is the starting place" illustrates how my 'making space' mandate is being worked out in my life right now. I have been re-prioritizing my time and reorganizing my home to make space for the things that are truly important. I can easily get side-tracked by little activities that eat up my time, or unnecessary stuff that takes up valuable physical space in my modestly-sized home.

Thanks for dropping by. I appreciate you taking the time and I am twice blessed when you stop long enough to comment.

Blessing hugs,

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Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful work! The journal cover looks really good, love the spots of colour in the background and the lion's face - your Aslan is wonderful again! Hugs, Valerie

NanaConnie said...

What a great idea, Teresa! I love the lion on the cover and your "Home" page is simpy marvelous. Wonderful letters from the textgure paste.

Valerie-Jael said...

Hi Teresa, here I am again to say thank you for entering your beautiful journal into our challenge at Moo Mania and More! Hugs, Valerie

Carole Robb Bisson said...

Oh my goodness Teresa this art journal is so very beautiful. each page with an inspirational sentiment. Thank you for sharing this lovely art with us at Word Art Wednesday.
Blessings, Carole

Rosie Schirrmeister said...

A wonderful journal.

Thank you for joining us at MOO-MANIA & MORE

Ginny said...

Your work is lovely. I also like your word for the year. It will be fun to see where it takes you.

Mari Huertas said...

Impressive work. Saludos

Penny said...

Wow, on your cover! I don't know why you don't like it--I think it turned out great--real artistry!
And your phrase for 2015 is just beautifully illustrated! Really love the colors you chose for your fab design! :^)
Hugs, Penny

Patricia St Martin said...

Very interesting, The lions face turned out nice on the cover with the technique of scratching. Love your words.
Hugs, Pat/♥

ahlers5 said...

Very interesting technique. I love the lion. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Inspiration Destination this week.

Lady Anne Milnes Howard said...

Hello Teresa, I have enjoyed reading your blog and what you have created which is fabulous as always. Thank you for sharing your journey with us.
Love ~ Lady Anne xxx
"Anne's Paper Dream's Blog"

Desire Fourie said...

Teresa once again these creations are just so artistic. I love how free your creations are. Make Space is such an awesome phrase to live by. As you say it has many layers and decluttering cupboards at home is but one example which is very satisfying once done lol.
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Dana S. said...

Just love what you are doing! I think your cover (THAT LION) turned out great, and I love the colors of your inside pages. And the neat way you did the letters. I went over and joined HIS Kingdom Come group. I don't know if I will have the time, but it looks so inspiring! However, there looks like so many great groups within the group, which ones should I join now? LOL.

Karon said...

Fabulous start to a new journal. Amazing front cover and love the start. Hmmm - Make Space, so many meanings could lay beneath that! TFS

Abigail Davidson said...

Such a beautiful art journal! Thank you for sharing and happy PPF!