Sunday Journal on Monday – WOTY Check in

I have been a little MIA lately as I had an unexpected health issue that required emergency surgery.  I am sure I shall share more later once there has been a little more healing.  In the meantime, I hope to do some with my art.  This is the first day I have been able to do anything for any length of time (although it had to be done sitting).  I thought I would do a Sunday Journal (on Monday) and check in with my word of the year (WOTY).  I want to do this once a month to try and remind myself to keep on track.

A lot of people like to gesso their pages before starting in their art journals but I like that the original pages show through, most of the time anyway.  Adds depth and another layer.  For the base of the pages I used an October Afternoon Sprinkler from their Sidewalk collection over a stencil.  The colour is called “Miss Mary Mack”, love the colour and the name.

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 I cut out a head and shoulders from watercolour paper (because it was close by) and some frames from the Amy Tangerine collection of scrapbooking paper at American Crafts.  I then pulled out an alphabet stencil and sprayed a bit of walnut ink on it so it didn’t look too sweet and pastelly (that’s a word right? In my dictionary next to it would read “an abundance of pastel colours”, haha).

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Here is the finished piece.

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I chose to use the quote “Growth means change and change involves risk, stepping from the known to the unknown”.  I pulled my container of alphabet stickers out and used different sets for each word.  I even wrote one in.  I wanted change to stand out so I used scrabble tiles for that one.

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For the representation of myself, I used a fluid acrylic for my hair in a brown and black colour, wrote change in again on the body and added a bird atop my head who is waiting to take flight…

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Which is what I am hoping to do this year :)  Wish me luck!

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11 Responses
  1. Suzanne McRae says:

    You are inspiring me with your artwork and message. That’s where I feel I am these days in the midst of unstoppable change, yet fear is there when I think of that little birdie beginning to fly.

    I hope that your recovery will be a speedy one and that you will also have all the time that you need to rest and get better.
    xo

  2. Brittany Leona says:

    Love the letters! All the different types of letters give so much texture to your work – love it!

  3. Rebecca Pitt says:

    What a start to 2013 for you! Hope you recover quickly because I just love watching your creativity flow

  4. Shauna Rae says:

    Oh dear I do hope you are okay. Also hoping you recover quickly and looking forward to hopefully crossing paths with you in 2013.

  5. Nancy says:

    I am always awed by your amazing talent and look forward to your journals – feel better soon. Cheers Nancy

  6. Shelly Penko says:

    What a beautiful spread and I love your quote. I love that you focused on the word CHANGE. I find myself sometimes stuck on the word risk! It’s interesting how the different types make me think of each word almost as a separate concept. Growth. Sort of the payoff word. Beautiful work and your blog is just gorgeous!

  7. Michelle says:

    Love this page Renee! The birdie waiting to fly is so fitting. You inspire me to get my art journal out again. Wishing you a quick recovery and loads of flights this year! <3

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