Saturday, 15 January 2011

A time of reflection......

I am a bit behind in posting as I have been glued to the television watching the devastation unfold in Queensland and now in my state of Victoria. My thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected. I have been shell-shocked by what I have seen and it is another reminder that material possessions can be replaced but lives cannot. Live and love every day like it is your last, life is precious.  Please keep these communities in your prayers, and if you are in Australia please donate to the Flood Appeal here, every dollar helps..

 I am sure you have seen the news coverage but thought I would share just a couple of pictures of the wildlife that is also affected. Yes that is a frog hitching a ride on the back of a python in the flood waters. There is also a video of this snake further down the river coiled up on a piece of Styrofoam, with the frog still there.

Please keep these communities in your prayers as the full extent of this disaster will be felt for many years to come.

 I did do a couple of journal pages before the floods dominated the news. Here is the first of them. It was a page that I started a long time ago but stopped as it wasn't doing anything for me. I got a sudden urge to finish it the other night.

I started with a base of Jo Sonja Antique Green. Then sponge flowers with a stencil, sponge and Warm White.

I then used Jo Sonja Naples Yellow Hue and dragged it down the page with a credit card to distress it.
I then stuck a piece of a serviette in places on both pages and then stenciled a couple of swirls with texture paste mixed with Aqua. This is where I left it for a couple of months.

 I used my Impress dye pad in Indigo Blue to stamp a couple of birds and squares over the pages

 I smudged it with my finger to make it softer.

 I then used Jo Sonja Warm White mixed with Atelier Liquefying Medium to paint some words and then outline with a credit card dipped in this mix. I also shaded around the lettering, outlined with with a pen and then highlighted it again.

 I then used Jo Sonja Storm Blue and my finger to rub around the edges of the pages to make a border. I also rubbed this colour over the page to tie it all together.

 I finished it with some doodling about our perception of how free we are and the choices we have.

I also doodled a bit on a page I painted a while ago with my leftover paint. I did journal on here but it is in gold pen so you can't see it very well.

I am trying to get around and visit my favourite blogs but have not caught up with everyone yet.

I wish you all a peaceful and safe weekend. Keep your loved ones in your hearts.........



Janet said...

My heart goes out to all the people in your country....what devastation. It must be a nightmare for all who live there.

As for your journal spread, I love how you left it and then came back with fresh ideas. And as always your doodle page is fantastic!

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Lee,
Very sad with what's going on in our country.

Oooh, another great doodle!
I think its fabulous the way you explain each technique that you apply in your journal when creating a page!
You're 'free' page is fantastic!
Have a great weekend,

Rebecca Anthony said...

I am loving these pages Lee!! They are absolutely beautiful, it makes me want to go and play!
I hear you about the devastating news and my thoughts are there with you! Live, love and laugh each day!!

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Love your journal pages Lee. Its always interesting to see the stages building up to the final outcome.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

milkcan said...

Love seeing your AJ process! And so glad you're participating in Art Journal Every Day!

Anonymous said...

Hi Lee!

Your journal pages are gorgeous...that was the upbeat part of your post...
And then there is the sadness..thinking of the flooding is so devastating. You are absolutely right...things mean nothing...people do! Take care of you and yours.

Thanks for your visit today...did you manage to sneak some fruit in?

Ciao Bella
Creative Carmelina

Stina said...

Very nice and very beautiful:-)

Wini said...

Dear Lee, The flood is a tragedy and my heart goes out to all those affected including the animals! Your journal pages are beautiful and the messages really speak to me!! Thank you for sharing :) Wini xo

Tyggereye said...

These are amazing pages. I really love that nest on the one. Its so sad how the floods are so bad down there. It makes me so sad. Those poor animals. :(

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