Friday, 12 December 2014

Up Down

Up down; better worse; rough well - this has been me this autumn as I've struggled to get over this bout of chronic fatigue syndrome.  As I look back in my art journal here and here and here I can see I've been like a yoyo! or a seesaw! one minute thinking I'm over it, the next struggling again.

The biggest challenge is to stay positive and the only way I can do this is to look to the Lord Jesus.  He gives us strength to get through the bad days.  I have a list of scriptures which I read and pray at times like these (see some of them on this journal page ).   They are a big help.

Here is my latest journal page, apologies for the quality of the photos, the light was very poor:

The page has layers of acrylic paint covered over with black with simple stenciling and bottlecap stamping added.  The letters are stamped in acrylic paint.  The large letters are Junkitz foam stamps which I won years ago.  I love the texture acrylic stamping gives:

I had to stamp yoyo and seesaw of course, but those I stamped with Stazon, I couldn't get a clear enough print in acrylic with the small letters:

The apostle Paul wrote:
But we have this treasure [the light of God in our hearts] in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us.  We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed.... struck down, but not destroyed....but we do not lose heart.  Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed every day.  For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison. 2 Cor 4:7-9, 16-17

I pray that those of you who struggle with your health will know the peace and joy of our Lord in your hearts.  I pray that He heals you - the promise is sure, 

"I am the Lord, your Healer" Ex 15:26 

sometimes we just have to wait on Him a bit longer.

I'm linking up at:
Art Journal Every Day 
Craft Stamper White Stamping challenge 
Create with Joy Inspire Me Monday 


  1. Susan, I love the different paint layers, and I mean not only the colours but also the texture of them, like some of them is thicker then the other. Wonderful!

  2. This is such an interesting piece with many cool details! I, too, love the texture acrylic paint gives! Well done! :-)
    I'm happy to be the sponsor at the Craft Stamper Challenge this month! Good luck!! :-)

  3. A powerful spread, Sue; sorry to hear about your chronic fatigue syndrome. You've managed to capture the darkness of it in this spread - creativity is the light in this situation.

  4. Life is full of ups and downs.I try to enjoy the ups as much as possible and get through the downs knowing that it will be up again soon! I love using white stamping in my art too! I use the gelli plate to apply the acrylic paint evenly. I never get good results with a stamp pad, but I've never tried the stazon white!

  5. Love your page. Te background texture is so rich. Sorry to hear you are battling with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It must be such a daily challenge at times, but I guess you need to savor the ups so the downs aren't quite so bad. Maybe. Hopefully.

  6. Sending healing thoughts your way! Lovely project. Thanks for joining us at the Take It, Make It Challenge. Hugs ~ Renee

  7. I can't imagine how very hard this Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is. But I can tell it is a hard struggle.
    Your project is lovely...shows the struggles you deal with. Amen that the Lord helps us through them.

  8. My aunt has Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and I can understand what you're going through, your artwork shows it too.

    Blessings, love and lots of hugs

  9. Fabulous journal page ... I love all the texture. Thank you for joining in with the TIMI challenge ... good luck! Linda xx

  10. A great geometric page, love the shapes and texture. Thank you for joining us in the TIMI challenge this month at Craft Stamper. xx

  11. Love the textures on your page, thanks for joining us at the Take It Make It Challenge, Elizabeth x

  12. So fabulous! Loving the layers and texture! Thank you for joining the Take It Make It challenge!

  13. Hope you are feeling better! Beautiful journal page, thank you for joining the TIMI challenge xxx