Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Be Still

Stillness - what does that word evoke in you?  To me it speaks of peace and quietness and is not necessarily an absence of noise.  In today's frenetic age its something many of us struggle to do but its essential for our well-being.  Stillness won't be hurried.  Sometimes its difficult to find the time to stop and be still but its so important we should make it a priority.  In the bible God tells us to

'Be Still and know that I am God' 
Ps 46: 10  
There's no way that we can get to know God unless we take the time to stop and be still before Him.  If we are all in turmoil inside we are not going to be able to focus on anything.  We will not be able to see Him or hear Him or receive any guidance from Him.  When God tells us to be still He is telling us to cut the turmoil, focus on Him.  In that stillness we will see and know that He is God and that in turn will help us put things in perspective.  In stillness we gain peace and strength.

Here are a couple of journal pages, both in purple, purple and yellow which are the colours for this week's challenge at Summer of Colour.


The backround was done with a scoochy sponge which gave a really cool stippled effect.


I stamped a script then I added texture paste through a stencil and with the stencil still in place and the paste wet I added the colour.  I was inspired to use a stencil brush rather than a sponge by Leandra at PaperArtsy where the current challenge is on stencils:


I only had one purple so mixed up my second purple but I splodged way too much out:


Inevitably I had loads of paint left over so I decided to scrape it on another page.  This is what came out.  I scraped it on thickly making extra scrapes to get the white marks.  I think it looks like the opposite of stillness!


I quite like the effect but am not sure what else I'm going to do with this page:


This page is facing the 'Be Still' page in my art journal so I think I might keep it like this and call it 'Turmoil'  :)

I'm linking up at:
PaperArtsy 
Summer of Colour at TwinkleTwinkle
Create With Joy Friendship Friday
Art Journal Every Day

25 comments:

  1. Bold , rich color use- wonderful pages!

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  2. So true! I definitely need to be still more often, and I know that summer is a perfect time to do it! I just love the beautiful art journal page you created using this week's SOC colors. I also like what you created using your left over paint - the opposite of Be Still! Thanks for sharing your talents with all of us at SOC!

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  3. Love how you have achieved the texture on your page. Also love your words on "being still", BJ

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  4. This beautiful, love the great texture. Have a great day, hugs, Valerie

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  5. Your last picture, the cutting part looks so great!! I had to translate the (for me new) word ' turmoil' - yes, this title fits well. Ulrike

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  6. What wonderful textured pieces. And how fun to create one from your left overs - I think it looks like an abstract of a field of irises.

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  7. Wow, great texture. I think it's beautiful!

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  8. love the boldness and the texture!

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  9. I like both pages very much! Turmoil may be a busy page, but it reminds me of leaves which is somehow calming, too!

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  10. Although your second page does feel the opposite of "stillness" I absolutely love it!! Great entries this week. SOC #54

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  11. Super experiments and a useful point to make about stillness, we should all take the time to be still when we can.

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  12. I love all the movement in that second one, Susan!

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  13. These are both wonderful journal pages. I love the texture in both and the scrapes done on the page from your leftovers looks fabulous.

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  14. It definitely has a sense of stillness about it - a lovely interpretion

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  15. Love it...there's quiet joy in there.

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  16. Wow, love both pages, and I think it's a great idea to keep them like this and call one Be still and the other one Turmoil. Two opposites that both are a part of life....

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  17. Love your stillness page and I'm really curious about the future of your other page (sadly no suggestions from me!).

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  18. Gorgeous colours Susan. love how you used the sponge on your first page, and the gorgeous purple colour. The second page is lovely too , the colours are beautiful all swirled together. I have a few of your projects to have a look at , I wasn't well for a while and haven't been blogging ,so lots to catch up!

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  19. I simply adore your entry. I agree that the two should be side by side, showing how, when noise invades our space, turmoil overtakes it. Great lesson to be learned and a simply adorable SOC entry.

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  20. Awesome creation with great texture!

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  21. Oh! these are so lovely. The titles are perfect!

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  22. Both are wonderful! Great textures!

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