Thursday, 23 February 2012

Book of Days update

Back again to finally show you some art...

While I was away last week, I did do a few pages in my Book of Days which I can show you now.  I am a bit behind in art journaling the pages but because I am also working through Sarah Ban Breathnach's Simple Abundance I am writing it all down so I can refer to it later on. I am really enjoying this process as it stops me from sailing through each week unconscious of what is going on around me but also within me. If you feel like joining in, just visit Book of Days here.

This is a page with the challenge of doing a mosaic of some kind. As you know I love my spirals so this was the shape I first thought of. It expressed perfectly what I was feeling on the day, going within and listening to your inner voice instead of all the chatter that can sometimes send you off course.

  This was my first spread for the start of last week using crafters workshop stencil in the background (white sponged over the stencil on a blue background), glazing with various colours of Copic markers, white paint and punchinella, cut outs of thongs from a scrapbook paper collection, and a white signo pen for the writing.  

 As I had limited supplies, I actually used a few supplies that I don't normally use and it just shows how much you can do with very little. The background for this one was water soluble crayons, then white paint and punchinella and journaling with a black copic marker.

 This last page of the week was to celebrate my youngest sons 20th birthday 
(yes I did say 20 and this makes me feel.... ummmmm... well more advanced in age than I was last year lol).  I am not saying 'old' because I think that it is all in the mind but it did make me pause - in a good way :)

The background was Inktense pencils, a circle border stamp in Black Staz-on and journaling with a purple artline marker and white Signo pen.

The message on the right hand side describes how I was feeling after a lovely relaxing week away, realising that you don't need all the latest gizmos, the clutter of "stuff" and other distractions to make your life complete. Sure they can make it easier but I have found recently that they can also make it more stressful. The technology that was supposed to make our lives easier can often end up taking up more of our time as it gives us more and more things to do while we try to fit it into our already busy lives. 

Sometimes you just need to  
stop, breathe and listen to the stillness
Find a quiet retreat, even if for only a few hours and  
just "be"
This is often when you realise just how much you have to be thankful for.

My quote today is the one I used on this spread.

"Who is content with nothing,
possesses all things."

Have a lovely day



Janet said...

Isn't it amazing what you can do with limited supplies?! Your pages are all interesting and different and colorful. The flip-flops (thongs) are my favorite...they just look so happy and carefree.

Happy (late) birthday to your son. If you think you might feel "older" just imagine me with my youngest grandson being 19!

An'Angelia Thompson said...

Lovely post, Lee. It looks like you had a wonderful, peaceful vacation. Thanks for your sweet comments regarding "balance". I need that reminder from time to time, and I think if we're paying attention, we're "told" when it's time to just sit and listen. Big hugs to you, dear!

EarthsDaughter said...

What a beautiful post! Very cretive and colourful :)

Serena Lewis said...

A beautiful and creative post, Lee. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods. xo

Venus Blues Hideaway said...

I don't journal, but after looking at yours, think that maybe I should :) The pages of your journal are beautiful.

I have become a follower so that I can pop in often.


An'Angelia Thompson said...

Where are you, Lee? Hope all is well with you!

iHanna said...

Anyone with a blog is young at heart, embracing the new! Your journal pages are beautiful, thanks for sharing!

Wini said...

Hi Lee, How are you? Thank you for entering my giveaway. Your journal pages look amazing. I agree about the need to just "be" sometimes. Missing your blog posts! I hope alls well. Wini xo

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