Here's my fourth canvas for Kelly Rae Robert's Mixed Media Mantras e-course and the first one that felt effortless. I didn't critique every move, continually wonder what I was doing wrong, or question what I should be doing instead. My self doubt gremlins were in check. Progress!
I started this one entirely with collage. While I've hidden most of the collaged background, I love the dimension it continues to add to the painting. I incorporated flower doodles, doilies, and stenciled and tinted modeling paste, which continues to meld my art journaling and scrapbooking elements into my painting.
Here's a layout I created awhile ago, but never shared. This photo was taken while in Puerta Vallarta with my sweetheart and friends back in July. We spent a year planning the trip, the excitement building for months and I can hardly believe it's over. Good thing I revel in both the after-travel reflection and the pre-travel anticipation almost as much as the trip itself. After a day of swimming and relaxing, we'd meet every night in the lobby of the resort to take in the breathtaking sunsets and sip on pre-dinner cocktails. What a hard life we had in Mexico.
Now for the detail photos. While I still have a lot to learn in terms of photographing layouts, I can see how far I've come in the last couple months since this was photographed. I used modeling paste, gelatos, spray ink, stamps, layers of paper, a mix of alphas, wood veneers, and added chipboard embellishments. I also like taking memorabilia from the experience and incorporating it into the layout. Each night the resort would do turn-down service, leaving us chocolates and slip of paper letting us know the next day's forecast. I included the slip of paper from one of the nights.
Continuing with week 2 of Brene Brown's art journaling assignments, here is my joy and meaning list. I think I spend a lot of time foreboding joy. I have a hard time reveling in the joyous moments, always anticipating the worst, as if that's going to brace me for the hard times. It's a practice I'm striving to change. I think gratitude helps, as I remind myself of all the ways my life is actually pretty damn amazing.
Intention: I will honor my basic need for play and rest
Two quotes that I appreciated from this week's lesson:
1) "The opposite of play is not work."
2) "Exhaustion is not a status symbol."
Below is a closeup of both journal pages.