Day 3 for me was actually on the eighth anniversary of "nine eleven" so I wanted to journal about the original day and how it affected me as a wife, mother and as an American. I found some "nostalgic" magazine images of a woman and a boy and even though this was a modern day occurrence...these images represented the "loss" of innocence for most Americans.
I found the images and completed the journaling on the actual day of the challenge...so I did follow through with my commitment for this challenge...but I was not able to finish the pages in my journal until today. So...I decided that I am not going to "beat" myself up because I did not get as much done as I'd like to in any given "challenge" day. Expectations can really be a drain on the creativity buzz I'm feeling right now...so I'm not going there :} And I'm not gonna let my husband sitting in his recliner, watching football, golf and now Nascar...stop me either...lol
Once I found my prints and collage papers (I just love this 7Gypsies "Witness" paper...because we were all "witness" to that day...so I placed it under my desk glass for inspiration), I prepped the pages with gesso and then applied some "watercolor" paints to the page. I went with a red/white/blue color scheme and just applied the watercolors as watered down tints so that the colors wouldn't be overpowering. I blended them more with white paint and sponge brushes and then spattered painted on top.
While I'm working, I keep sheets of wax paper between the album pages so that my paints do not get onto the connecting pages. I found an old stencil with hearts and swags...cool...had this beast for years and never used it...along with many other stencils...THANK GOODNESS I've found wonderful artists who have brought stencils out of the closet...artists like Mary Ann Moss, Roben-Marie and Dina Wakely...thank you ladies!
Once the paints and glues were all dried...I journaled on both pages...had a lot to say about this important day in history! Then I added the finishing touches like outlining, with charcoal pencil, the elements and edges and smudging with my fingers...thanks to Teresa McFayden for this ...which I learned from participating in her journal e-zines. Then...I added some sparkle with gel pens and gold leaf and accented some of the words with white text boxes...another great technique I picked up from "the" INSPIRED artist, Donna Downey.
Had to add the "military" stamp because it reminds me of my Dad and how he served his country with over 23 years of service in the US Army. It represents my respect for all the soldiers, men and women; then and now; who protect us and serve this country with honor and great sacrifice.
Here is a close-up of the "left" side...the picture of the boy reminds me of my youngest son, Tim and how I was so worried about him in school that day and what he was learning about what was happening in our world that day...
And finally a close-up of the "right" side...I think the gold leaf looks like a "halo" on the woman...it represents how innocent and hopeful we once were. I like to think that we can be that hopeful and inspiring again as an American nation and in some way "nine eleven" brought many of us together in ways that we never would have experienced with operations at "Ground Zero". I want my children to keep love in their hears and to remain open-minded and accepting of all human beings.