Here are some art journal pages I worked on this week:
I did two pages, plus one mini-page (double sided) bound into the journal with washi tape in-between.
Due to various illnesses and Tom having work related stuff, we spent quite a bit of time at home the past few weekends. I wanted to document that. I matted the photos on some paper tape, and the background is one of the monoprints I made last week with some Heidi Swapp Gold Lame spray paint on top.
Before I bound this into my journal, I took a quick photo of it. Last weekend Tom and I spent Saturday afternoon running errands and generally having fun, so I just decided to make record of it. I do that from time to time to document how we spend our time.
I didn’t take photos, so I just used letter stickers to list out what we did, and stuck them over a background of washi tape.
On the flip side is some blank Basic Grey ledger paper that I’m going to journal on (didn’t get to that before I took these photos!)
You can see on the left side of the photo the back side of the “Saturday Afternoon” page- I left the washi edges as a border for the journaling.
Facing that is another page that has one of the monoprints in it. I also collaged receipts and bits of mail and labels and strips of tape with it, and then went over it with a wash of water and white acrylic paint, and then used watercolor crayons and ink on top.
After that all dried, I glued a photo of the sunset over it and used letter stickers (and writing, which you cannot see in the photo) to write out a Metta (loving-kindness) meditation I learned recently.
The Metta is basically a set of phrases that you repeat, either our loud or in your mind, while you focus on someone/something. It’s very much like a prayer of well-being. I *really* like doing it, even more so than mindfulness meditation. It comes more easily to me, maybe because I was raised Catholic and there was quite a bit of praying for other people.
The Metta that I repeat in mind is:
May you be happy.
May you be healthy.
May you be safe.
May you be peaceful and live with ease.
I changed it up a tiny bit so it would flow around the photo better.
The way I practice Metta is by focusing on individual members of my family – including the pets- and then repeating the Metta a few times for each of them. I also repeat it for friends and anyone else who pops into mind as I’m doing it. It’s amazing who or what pops into my mind as I’m doing Metta, but I go with it and send out love.
Just a close-up image of the page. I’m not crazy about the foam letters (I like the size but the font is a little too quirky for what I wanted it be) but instead of fussing over it, which I sort of WANT to do, I decided to just let it be. I know if I start peeling off the photo and the letters and layers, it will turn into something I rip out and start over. One of my goals with the art journal was to LET IT BE and not obsess over things so I basically turned the page and started the next set.
One last thing:
Thank you, as always, for looking! I hope you have a great weekend.<3