Friday, August 14, 2020

A Year of Rumi : June/July

I wanted to explore Effy's "A Year of Rumi" lessons this year in my art journal, since last year I explored them as monthly art cards.  I always wanted to do June's lesson in my journal so am very thankful that I've finally made time for my version. I began with a dark background for my page from using up paint from my May prompt which faces this one. This gave me the opportunity to start with gorgeous iridescent and interference paints for my background. First I painted over some book paper with Titanium Buff and drew an outline of my 
face - it was a good solution for adding light over the dark base as well as for sketching in my hair line before I began to add colour.
I adore butterflies, metallics and Rumi   
Sharing 2 images of my completed page. Above in daylight and below taken at night to show how this really glows
I already managed both a journal spread for July as well as the art card last year so am now ready for the August prompt. 
Find out more about A Year of Rumi with Effy Wild HERE. And see ALL my posts about this class HERE.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Journal 52 : Week 32

Journal 52 is a weekly prompt from Effy Wild (Free HEREthat I'm creating on a deck of jumbo playing cards 3.5'' x 4.75'' (8.5 x 12 cm)Each card will include stitch, a found word, and be inspired by the project I've been working on that week or what's lying leftover on my work table. See the original post HERE.
#32 : Pride. Pride is inextricably linked with self-love and self-esteem although as Effy points out, it's hard to find a quote that shows Pride in a positive light. I am proud of who I am and what I stand for. I am proud of how I have behaved this year in the face of difficult challenges.There's a link to a free tutorial with Effy for a journal page celebrating being proud of yourself HERE
Inspired this week by a couple of embellishments in my stash which I rearranged together to symbolise that self-love enables me to shine, and a piece of paper that made me think of a galaxy (salt sprinkled on watercolour gives this lovely effect)
Find all my Journal 52 posts HERE. We are back to Level 2 here in Palmerston North today. Everything crossed that our new community transmissions in Auckland can be contained (Level 3 there). Please take care of yourself while you are taking care of others 💜

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Journal 52 : Week 31

Journal 52 is a weekly prompt from Effy Wild 
(Free HEREthat I'm creating on a deck of jumbo playing cards 3.5'' x 4.75'' (8.5 x 12 cm)Each card will include stitch, a found word, and be inspired by the project I've been working on that week or what's lying leftover on my work table. 
See the original post HERE.
#31 : Being. I began with scrapbook bee paper for fun and no real idea of what to do next. 
Still feeling tired after my treatment, surgery and the stress of the year, so trying to Be Kind to myself, Be Present to what is good in the moment, Be Open to doing what feels good instead of beating myself up about "should". In the spirit of all that, I let myself Be Delighted by colours and fabric and stitch that felt good to use today. As Effy said in her PDF for this prompt Being "means whatever I’m doing, I’m doing it with presence. I’m doing it mindfully. I’m fully engaged". 
I bought some new supplies yesterday with a voucher I got for my birthday from Warehouse Stationery. 
I have never purchased a proper bound watercolour journal so hoping this will inspire some new work soon. Joanne Sharpe recommended Uniball Vision pens in a recent class. These aren't Vision but they are permanent, waterproof, fade resistant pigment ink. I will report back when I've tested them. Have a lovely week. Find all my Journal 52 posts HERE 
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