Friday, 23 May 2014

Joy Can Be Snatched Away

At Art Journal Every Day Julie Fei-Fan Balzer set the challenge of creating pages using only 10 supplies.  I love a challenge like this and here is the result, a page in my Joy journal (joy being my one word for 2014):

I used gesso, black acrylic paint, Derwent Inktense Blocks and paintbrush, black and white pens, a paper edger and scrap paper, total 8, or 9 if you count the art journal.  But do I really have to count the scrap paper as a supply?! :) 

I had to paint direct from the blocks onto the black.  It just didn't work by putting the colour on the black and then activating with water.  I painted on the shapes and then doodled, journaled on to scrap paper and cut out with paper edgers.  Super simple but really fun to do.

 The joy we get from Jesus does last forever but it can be snatched away by the these things and plenty of others too.  For example, comparison.  When we compare ourselves to others, eg I wish I could do art like Julie :)  and so many of the really talented people out there, then I can easily get dissatisfied and disgruntled.  We can take joy in others' talents without bemoaning that we don't have that same talent.  We are all different and can take joy in our individuality and our own creativity.

May you find joy in your life, the joy that comes from Jesus and lasts forever.

I'm linking up at Art Journal Every Day
Friendship Friday at Create With Joy
Creative Every Day


  1. Loved your work! Well written, too! Hopping here from Friendship Friday. Following you on Google+. Blessings to you and yours!

    Marie @ &

  2. Sadly, this is so true. Thanks for blessing us with your art x

  3. Love those bright colours! It can take a long time to learn to love your own style, but is well worth the effort :)

  4. Your page is fabulous Susan ! Love all the colours and the gorgeous doodling , a wonderful message too !!