This is a project I’ve been keeping private because honestly? It’s nobody’s business but my own.
Then this week’s challenge came along, and I kept thinking about my project and how maybe I should share.
So here’s the deal. I have a small art journal and whenever I think of it, I write a whole page worth of nice things. About myself.
SHOCKING concept, I know.
But I’m raw, honest, and whether it is about a specific situation or more in general – I write as candidly as I can. It can be something hard, something sad – but I don’t write here to vent bad feelings. I write to uplift and inspire myself. Encourage and pat myself on the back.
Then I cover it with gesso.
And do some art.
This has been SO therapeutic. So freeing. So artistically wonderful!
What I love is that I truly do write my most private thoughts because they get COVERED. They’re out there, but I never have to worry about someone judging me or finding my inner most thoughts and hopes because there is art over them. Oh, but they’re there. Sometimes I can see small glimpses and I like that too.
I have found that I like to put quotes, mantras, and otherwise positive and uplifting words to finish my art. This week- I found it utterly hilarious that there is no “try” in Tim Holtz chit chat stickers – which made my use of the quote (yoda- a personal favorite and mantra!) all the better. To make “Try” I took a word that started with TR, and another that ends in Y and spliced them together.
The page itself? Done with gesso, gelatos, and just layering color. In the photo I don’t think you can tell (or maybe you can) but it’s a lady walking away (head + shoulder visible). Well, she’s not walking away – she’s heading into her bright future.
The challenge this week: “Love Notes/Letters”. Simon is, as always, offering a generous $50 voucher that will be randomly drawn from the eligible entries each week. Join the fun by creating a project this week – and for your chance to win a $50 voucher you should hop on over and join in the challenge here.