Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Creative Jumpstart 2015 - Art Journal

Hi everyone! This post has been in draft forever! I love taking online classes...finishing them...not so much. *sigh* Well, I want to try to be better at that so I'm going to try to share what I've done here and there. This page came together because of the Creative Jumpstart 2015 class. I think it was for 25 days in January there was a new video by amazing artists showing you how to get your creativity jump started in the new year. I was very inspired by each video and took bits and pieces with me into my art journal. This page is part of that. For me, I think it's not about completely each and every lesson in detail but learning and growing from each one. At least, that's what I'm telling myself and sticking to it - although I hope to get more applicable with techniques this year.

This art journal is an old book that I've shared other pages in before. I've had it for a couple years now and I think I might be almost done with it. I love this page because the intricate frames on some of the pages provides such a great texture for my background. I used a variety of different acrylic paints and white gesso for this page.

I've love quotes inside art journals that are written whimsically like this so I decided to give it a whirl and I love how it came out! This quote reads: There are secret opportunities hidden inside every failure. Ah, this quote... There must be a reason why I haven't blogged this particular page in my art journal before because this is really fitting for this time in my life right now. I lost my job this past Friday (the 13th, go figure) and it has been tough. I honestly cried my eyes out once I got off the phone. I felt like a HUGE failure to myself and more importantly to my family for losing this source of income in such a time of transition (we are in contract on a house and I'm really not sure if we will be able to move forward because of this yet). Anyway, now that it has been a few days, there are still lows but there have also been tremendous joys. I've spent so much more time with my kids these past few days. We are enjoying more hands on learning together which I have missed tremendously these past few months. Today has been a really, really good day and for that, I'm grateful. We just have to move in faith and trust that there is a greater good to come out of this than any second income can provide. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and listening to my woes today (I know I usually don't get too personal here) - if you liked my art journal page and don't want to miss a post please be sure to follow me by clicking the button below!

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