Fill in the blanks! Do this more than once, if you like.
Overcome _________; behold __________.
Last week, we talked about overcoming fears. It was liberating to just rip up pieces of paper and randomly paste them on the page. I liked the outcome. I discovered a theme. I let the pages sit overnight, then returned to them.
Layering in an art journal brings depth and texture to the page. However, I find it difficult to add the next layer, especially when I liked what I just finished. To overcome the "fear" of covering up the first layer, I remind myself that the layer is still there. The insights didn't go away. I can recall them in my mind, knowing that they have spoken into my next attempt to add dimension to the current page.
I chose a stencil to add an overall pattern to each page. On one side I sprayed some diluted paint over the stencil. On the opposite side, I chose some acrylic paints in colors that were on my art table. I just poured a little on the page and then rolled it out over the stencil. I picked another color and repeated until the page was covered in three different colors.
The journal prompt that I shared today, was one that I had recently completed in another journaling project. (This project was offered by Lisa in January 2014 and now she is offering a new 30 Day Project in August. Click here if you want to join now.)
I was thinking about what to add to my background, so I pulled out the other journal to scan and print a copy of the page.
If you like something, why not use it again?
(Tip: If you are hesitant to journal directly on your art journal page, write your response in a plain notebook or on a scrap paper. Then you can paste it or rewrite it onto the art page.)
This particular response really spoke to me, so I also typed it up and incorporated it on the second page. Once I glued those items in, I just started doodling around them with my black paint pen. It was looking a little bland, so I added more color using water soluble crayons and acrylic paints. I incorporated colors from the copied journal page.
(Tip: Keep a paper towel nearby to soak up or wipe off excess paint.)
If you recall, I was going to use the phrase: "weaving through the ages" from yesterday. I ripped out a piece of the patterned paper, which I made earlier to add the word "fear," creating a new phrase: "Weaving through FEAR!"
Here's the page, finished for now.
As you can see the original background layer has mostly disappeared, but I know what's there. And now I have new images, colors and text to enjoy. Did anyone notice who showed up? Another bird!
Overcome fear; behold courage.
Overcome loss; behold release.
Overcome lack; behold contentment.
Overcome insecurity; behold RISK!