Since I was a young girl I have always admired women who were strong emotionally...probably why I love historical novels about women in adverse times and situations. The first book that I can remember that really made an impact on me regarding women and their "inner" strength was, Island of the Blue Dolphins written by Scott O'Dell...not by a woman...hmmmm Anyhow, it is a story about a young Indian girl who is left alone on a beautiful but isolated island off the coast of California...for eighteen years! What holds your attention is that she survives because she is courageous and independent but that she also finds a way to be happy regardless of her situation...a lesson for all of us!
So I wanted to reflect this on my journal pages today and I found this message in one of the books that I'm currently reading, The Vortex by Abraham, Hicks. In this book, the process of "Deliberate Intention" is described as making yourself feel good no matter what your conditions are.
So I began preparing my pages my collaging all sorts of scrap papers and some dictionary text with the word "strong" onto my pages...see the two photos following:
It didn't really matter what I used for papers or how I placed them...I just wanted the texture to come through in the end. Next I added some paint on top of the pages...inspired my this lovely artist, Mystele of "Little Glimpses Studio" who is offering a lovely class right now called "Gut Art".
I know...you can not even tell what the collaged papers looked like...but that is okay...it's about being free and playing...right Mystele? I had to remind myself of that because at one point my colors were getting all "muddy" and I had to walk away...lol
When I came back...and the paint had dried...I really liked the end result...yeah! So I added a few more elements like the stenciled circles and swirls. Once I was happy with it...I used my white chalk ink pad and rubbed it all over the surfaces and it "blended" all the paints together and softened it. Next up was the "journaling" and the details like the Dymo Date Label and stamped words. Here's a photo of the two pages all completed...the colors and textures really make me happy ;}
Now a close-up of the left side with Rhonna's "word-art" transfer I made...so love doing this! Also shows the journaling of the "deliberate intention" process and the dictionary text peaking through:
For the final photo you can view a close-up of the right hand side which shows the journaling for understanding the process as described in the book and the photo of me as a young woman who, even then, had a "strong" sense of self.