Thursday, July 27, 2017

One Little Word - June & July

I'm excited to be caught up with the prompts in the One Little Word 2017 class! For June, there was a printout with questions to help us evaluate where we are with our word mid-way through the year. I printed the questions on pink paper and wrote my answers in purple ink in keeping with the color scheme I chose at the beginning of the year. I added washi tape to the top and the bottom of the page and also created a transparency to go in my binder before the printout.


Reflecting on my word, I have to admit that I've felt a little disconnected to my word, despite the fact that I've had a very ACTIVE year. I've enjoyed catching up on these prompts because it's given me time to reconnect with the goals I set at the beginning of the year.

The May prompt was a creative meditation where we designed mixed media encouragement cards to add to our binders. I pulled a four-pocket page and cut white cardstock into 4x6 pieces. I wanted to follow along with many of the steps that Ali demonstrated as she created her cards this month, so I pulled a variety of products - paint, stencils, stamps, ink, etc. I enjoyed working through this step-by-step process.


I started with the Tim Holtz star stencil and used white acrylic paint to create the first layer on my cards.


Then I added a layer of light purple paint - it covered a little more the stars than I wanted on the first card, so I made sure to just put a thin layer on the others.


The pink ink and lined stamp I used as the next layer was very light and actually ended up not showing up much on the final cards, however I think that is often the case with mixed media projects. We build layers and some things will be covered up along the way, but the process is extremely therapeutic.


I felt like these light colored cards needed a border, so I chalked the edges with Midnight Confession Powder Puff chalking ink.


I used black StazOn ink and letter stamps to add the encouragement messages I need to remember as I continue my ACTIVE year.


One of my border stamps makes a great arrow stencil, so I used that and the white acrylic paint to point to these messages.


I used a circle stencil and speech bubble rub-ons on the cards to include additional white elements. Word stickers reinforce and add to the messages on each card.


And, finally, I wanted to bring in some pink to go with the colors in my binder, so I searched through my small embellishments drawer and add glittery stars to each card.


As I look forward to the rest of this ACTIVE year, I will Just Move, Have FUN, and Choose Joy, knowing that It's All Good!

4 comments:

Patio Postcards said...

There was lots of activity with creating these cards :)

Thanks for sharing your process. I have been a little more adventurous this year in my creating & I found a brass template in the bottom of my stash "what's this for" basket, so now I have a template & thanks to you I have a process how I might use ... :)

Karen said...

I haven't tried to do anything creative with my OLW for a couple of years. I have four lovely reminders in my studio so it's always in front of me. You do such a nice job of following through with the prompts.

Cheri said...

Just playing a little blog catch-up today on my lunch hour. LOVE the cards for your OLW assignment - kind of missing that I didn't do it this year, although it was feeling too familiar and old and I needed a break.

alexa said...

Fascinating to see yoyr process with it in action - the shadowing round the edge makes such a difference, doesn't it? Glad you've been enjoying some creative therapeutic time for yourself in the midst of the busyness :).