Saturday, February 14, 2015

All you need is love

All you need is love...One of my favorite songs by the Beatles.  I grew up on the Beatles.  My father has always loved their music, and I've inherited that love as well.

The Get Messy Art Journal prompt revolves around love.

I chose to use "all you need is love" from the song, but I wanted to include one of my very favorite verses in the bible; Isaiah 54:10

Isaiah 54:10
For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed, but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee.

This verse means to me that no matter what the circumstances, God will always be with me.  He will show me kindness, peace and mercy.  That's a very powerful statement.  It reminds me of the love that I have for my very own children (even though I know it pales in comparison to His love for us).

Here's my process for the page.
I started with watercolor in different shades of pink, covering most of the two pages.  I made the quote in photoshop and used my silhouette to cut it out of some white cardstock.

While I waited for the watercolor to dry, I used versamark to cover the entire cut image and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder.  I typed the verse out onto a sheet of vellum with my typewriter and cut it into strips.  I pulled a few tags from my stash and crumpled them up to get them a little wrinkly.  A little texture to keep the page dimensional.  I gave them a good wash of Heidi Swapp gold mist, but it was a totally different gold than the embossing powder.  I know...., but it bothered me.

I ended up just adding some of the same embossing powder to the tags, and embossed the rim of the metal tag as well. 

Part of the challenge was to use washi tape.  Before adhering things to the page, I threw some white splatters all over with diluted acrylic paint, and misted some bits with tattered angels mist in Pearl.  Then I layed a bunch of strips of a white polk-a-dotted washi on the left page to wash out the color.  As it was, the wording was hard to read.  It's still not the easiest, but it's better.  I added some strips of washi to a scrap of vellum and cut out a heart shape.  Stuck everything down and Boom....finished page.  (look at me acting like I didn't take two hours to do that) 

I really like the page, simple as it may be.  It makes my eyes happy.  I might stick with this art journaling thing yet.

The Get Messy Art Journal Program grew out of two ordinary girls desire to actually use the classes and inspiration they were finding on the internet.  Get Messy is a community where we learn together. We don’t claim to be experts. Just passionate about this way of expressing ourselves. We are growing Get Messy into an organized, curated collection of art journaling resources, inspiration, accountability, and community. This is a place to share your pages and discover new artists. It is a place to ask, to share, to grow, to support, and to be supported.  Check it out!

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