Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Where is your soul's compass leading you?

Hi everyone, 
I hope you all have had a great week and weekend. To my friends in the US I hope you had a great Labour Day relaxing and enjoying your long weekend.

So today I want to share with you another page in my journal. I was inspired by some great new stamps I have and some papers. 
It is titled "Where is your Soul's Compass leading you?"

My journal page already had washes of green and red which were leftovers from a previous page.
I used a Tim Holtz mask called Concerto randomly over the page

I sponged over the mask with Jo Sonja Pearl White
To give this nice shimmery effect. I wanted the base to show through.
Next, out came the Kaisercraft clear background stamp called Sheet Music and the Black Staz On ink.
I then got my hands dirty by finger painting on some Jo Sonja Titanium White, streaky down the pages
The papers I wanted to use today were from a Kaisercraft mini papers pad called  Black and White Timeless
I tore and cut out images and stuck them down with Atelier Binder Medium.
My next layer was using stamps from this great Stamp It set. I love the detail in these stamps and you get so many stamps in one set that there are endless combinations.
So here is where I am at this stage, not too busy but starting to convey the message that I had in my head.
Out came the obligatory Crafters Workshop stencil. This one is called "mums" and I have wanted to use it for a while now, so I softly sponged on Permanent Alizarine.
A border was called for so I drew around the pages with my Sharpie, Zig black pens and Signo white pen.
and wrote the title on another page out of the mini paper pad which had gridlines on it. I rubbed some of the red paint on it too after tearing it apart.
Here is the final page. The pages always look a bit bright when they are scanned but they are clear so I hope you get the idea.

Do you feel guided by your soul or are you mainly in your head? 

Do you take time to connect with your soul and what it really needs?

Or are you influenced by what everyone else wants you to do or what you think they want you to do? 

Do you make decisions based on your true nature or do you base your decisions on outside influences that don't really satisfy your soul's needs? 

Sometimes we feel anxious when making decisions, we jump from one answer to the other, being influenced by others comments on what we should do, then we go over and over it in our head, constantly swinging from yes to no, to where and when. We feel scattered and full of worry. Then after we have made the decision we still feel anxious and still have an empty feeling and wonder why.

When you connect with your soul on a regular basis, through meditation, art journaling, doodling and writing you are touching base with the wisest part of you, the part that has your best interests at heart, the part that knows you best. We are then able to calmly make informed choices based on what we need. When we make decisions based on our soul's compass we may still feel butterflies in the stomach, but they are butterflies of excited anticipation, of taking a leap, fully trusting in the universe and where you are being lead.

Have you connected with your soul and listened to its message today?

Have a great day everyone.


PS. I have come down with the flu so I am a bit slow it getting round to visit everyone but I will see you soon.


Eden said...

Great post Lee. I'm always wondering who is speaking to me, my soul or my mind!! Hahaha, but I'm a big journaller so that helps. Hope you feel better :D

Janet said...

Another beautiful journal spread! I appreciate that you always show us the process and name the products you used.

Your words made me stop and think about how I go about my day, and "who" is in charge of what I do.

I hope you feel better soon.

Kelly said...

Great pages Lee. I love the topic about getting in touch with your soul which I am a firm believer in. I like to think that I go with what my soul wants not by what other people want from me.
I love the texture these pages have.
Awesome job Lee.
Hugs and blessings

Wini said...

Hi Lee, I am in awe of all your amazing art supplies!! What a beautiful page and a wise and inspirational message too. I couldnt agree with you more!! Sorry to hear that you are not well and hope you get well soon! Wini xo

Krystal said...

What a gorgeous post! These journal pages are amazing! and I can relate with following my head or my soul, I dislike the internal battle I deal with from day to day but in the end everything works out just the way it is meant too! x

An'Angelia Thompson said...

Hmmmm... I think my comment is floating around in cyberspace, so guess I'll try again! Happy spring to you and thanks for all the lovely comments on my blog. I always appreciate you stopping by. I am always guided by my soul - my compass stays there. I love seeing you create with your fingers - brushes just get in the way! :o) Hugs! Angelia

Anonymous said...

Hopefully you are feeling well by now....I hate the flu...especially when my daughter gets it...I just feel so helpless!

Anyhow..I just have to tell you how much I enjoyed your sentiments in this post. Your thoughts echo my feelings...we do indeed need to connect with our own selves....we can only allow ourselves to be inspired so much by others...but if we drown out our own creative voice to follow the crowd...then somewhere inside all of that, we lose ourselves!

To stay true, to stay in tune...sometimes I have to shut out the world, so to speak....and listen to that weee small inner voice inside me. Art journaling really helps in that department.

Thanks for sharing this post!
I've signed up to direct email posts....now I won't miss a thing! Keep it coming girl!

ciao bella

Creative CArmelinA

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