Day 14...woo hoo...two weeks...hard to believe that this challenge is two thirds of the way over and I have enjoyed every day of it. Even though I have not posted for a few days, I have continued to get my butt out of my recliner and into my studio...creating every day...as my good friend "Mac" said...you are on a roll! The challenge word that Rhonna provided for today is "concentration."
For me, concentration or the ability to stay focused comes easier with periods of "silence" and I want to start a daily practice of "meditation"...perhaps that will be my next 21 Challenge...start a new habit of daily meditation...sounds like a plan.
So I pulled out my collage folder for "spas and health" because I have been collecting images of women in "yoga" and "meditation" poses. Also, I saved a piece of junk mail that I got last week from "vera bradley"...so love these bags...that's another issue :} Anyhow...I got the idea of making a "chain" of "yoga paper dolls" from this junk mail...this was so much fun...I first had to blow up the image so that it would fit across the "single width" of the accordion folded mailer. Then I traced the image onto the accordion folded mailer and "carefully" cut out my "chain" of yoga paper dolls...you have to be very careful to NOT cut on the FOLDED part of the accordion mailer...otherwise you will "break the chain"...
In the above photo, you can see my original image, notes for completing this challenge and the original junk mailer. Once I had completed cutting out my "paper doll chain"...I placed it on top of my prepared journal pages...which were covered with antique text pages...all with different languages, representing peace for all women. Then a wash of vanilla acrylic paint was brushed over the text papers and the paper-doll chain was used as a mask so that spray inks could be added to highlight the silhouettes. Correction: ALCOHOL inks were used with a dauber to highlight the silhouettes...not SPRAY inks...you can tell that I was tired when I typed this last night...so sorry :}
Next, I added a "bamboo" stencil accent with green paint because it represented more "green" living along with recycling the junk mail.
Next details were added: more white wash to the inside of the silhouettes, sold ink lines around the masks, charcoal pencil to soften the hard lines and to deepen the "bamboo" and a border around all the edges of the journal pages to "stop" the eyes from "leaving" the pages.
Finally, journaling was added about the "benefits" of daily meditation...there are so many good benefits...it is a serious consideration for all of us to take. Here's a photo of the completed two pages:
Above the journal you can see my "chain of paper-dolls"...aren't they too cute! Here's a close-up of the left side of the album:
And...finally...here's a close-up of the right side:
Most of the journaling on these pages was from an article that I read from Deepak Chopra and it was so compelling that I wanted to "keep" in a place where I could find it again...to remind myself about the importance of taking care of myself and my mental and spiritual health. You know how you "read" something very inspiring, that you don't want to forget...and then your forget where you "put" it or "kept" the article...well now I have a "visual" reminder in my journal so that I will always be able to find it. Journals DO NOT always have to be in your own "words"...they are your personal journals and you can use them to record your memories, your daily "to do" lists...or whatever pleases you...Sounds Like A Plan!