Friday, 12 August 2011

Hi Everyone

Well I am back from the weekend at the I Can Do It in Melbourne. As with last year we were treated to lectures by some of my favourite authors including a short introduction by Louise L Hay herself, the founder of Hayhouse publishing company and author of "You Can Heal your Life"  I tell you that if I look that good and am that positive, energetic and full of life at 85 as Louise is then i will be a happy woman.

My two girlfriends and I decided to spend the whole weekend in the city instead of driving in and out each day, and it was a great decision. After attending the conference each day it was so nice to just relax and reflect on the day we just had, listening to inspiring speakers, motivating us to be the best we can be. 

So, I am back into the swing of things today and wish to share with you a page I completed before the conference when i was feeling at a bit overwhelmed by the lack of time I have at the moment to do any sort of art. I am happy to say that the conference gave me a few tools to deal with this so this weekend will hopefully be quite productive in the studio.

Anyway enough talk, let's see some art

I started with scraping on some Jo Sonja Orange and Napthol Red Light..

 The next step was using the Crafters Workshop Stencil called Flutterby in the 12x12 size. I sponged some Jo Sonja Yellow Orange over the stencil.

to end up with this...

I then used a Kaisercraft butterfly stamp and Jo Sonja Napthol Crimson to stamp randomly over the pages

 to give this...

now at this stage it was really bright and I wanted to tone it down a bit so swiped the whole spread with Distress Stain Antique Linen
 See how it sat on the stop a bit because the page was no longer porous. I let it dry like this so I could retain some of the textured pattern produced by the bubbles.
 So my next step was some background stamping. I used the Timber Brown Staz On with another Kaisercraft musical stamp

 Then with the same ink pad and a couple of flower stamps

 Plus another butterfly stamp. I think I got this off the Craft Stamper magazine.

 So here I am with the background and stamping done.

 Some ribbon and pieces of torn patterned paper were added

 and then the quote. I inked it with impress inks in Tangerine and Lemon yellow with my cut and dry foam. Highlight some words with gold gel pen....

 cut out some butterflies I had printed on photo paper from the Graphics Fairy blog. Then inked the images before sticking down to the pages...

 added some journaling in gold gel pen

and voila, here is the finished page

My journaling talks about how sometimes I feel as if I am treading water but I just have to trust and take a leap, believe that all these steps are necessary on my journey, and instead of thinking that they are setbacks or stagnation, look for the purpose in them, like time to tweak ideas, time to relax and regroup, time to just be.

Robert Holden said something poignant on the weekend

"We didn't come here to play it safe. The purpose of your life is not to arrive safely at your own death."

So what are you waiting for? Where are you playing it safe? Grab life with both hands and take that leap into the great unknown, take notice of now and just be in the moment

Have a blessed weekend everyone doing what makes your hearts sing..... 



MissKoolAid said...

I love the colours. So warm and inviting.

Tyggereye said...

This is amazing Lee! Love it! The butterfly stencil stuff LOVE! :)

Rebecca Anthony said...

Amazing work and I love to see the process!

Janet said...

Louise Hay is an incredible woman, and you got to see her! I'm very envious.

Your journal spread is so rich, layered, and beautiful. If it looks this good online it must be spectacular in person!

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Lee,
Very inspirational!
Love the page. It's brightly coloured and creative.
Love the post~I should have come with you for that great weekend.
Creative hugs,

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Your weekend away sounds like the perfect pick-me-up tonic Lee.

Sometimes we just need to be reminded of what we already know deep down.

Love the journal pages... the colour, images, words - the lot!!
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Serena Lewis said...

Awesome journal pages, Lee!

I know the feeling re. not finding time for art. I hope the tools you gained at the conference will help.

It sounds like you had a great time away.

Have a great weekend!
Serena :)

karenshopes said...

HI, Just popped in to say hello I saw your comment on Kelly's page and thought I would stop by, I love the butterfly page the colour is spectacular. Hope you might pop in to say hello if you have time.
Karen x

Cindy Belseth said...

Hi Lee!
I love this spread you've done! All my favourite colours plus the quote is amazing... found this piece very inspiring! Thanks for sharing your process pics! :) Turned out beautifully! :)

Wini said...

Hi Lee, I went to the seminar too and have a similar photo with Louise. I didn't realise she was 85. She looks amazing for her age! I love your journal page. Its absolutely beautiful!! Wini xo

An'Angelia Thompson said... all the yummy layers!

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