Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Pour Out the Oil (SOC 5 - Green Green Pink )

At Summer of Colour this week's challenge was to use green green pink - we can create anything we like.  But before I go on I must just say - I was THRILLED, totally THRILLED, to be last week's giveaway winner!  I never expected it, how amazing is that???  Can't wait to receive my red and metallic goodies.

I was inspired to do this journal page by something I read in 'Streams of the Desert' by CE Cowman.  It was the story of a man who went through his life carrying a little can of oil.  Whenever he went through a door or a gate which creaked or was hard to open he put a little oil on the hinges.  People thought he was weird but he carried right on filling his can and oiling the hard places he went through.

We are also called to do just that.  There are many people around us whose lives creak and grate and are harsh.  We can carry our own little can and pour our oil of kindness, gentleness, thoughtfulness, encouragement into all those hard places.  A little kind word or help can go such a long way and make all the difference to someone who might not know how they are going to get through the day.

Here are my two greens and pink:


and my page:

I drew and painted the can separately and then glued it in - I wasn't brave enough to try straight onto the page!  We are allowed black and white too.




I did a second page because I did my usual trick of squeezing out way too much paint.  This time I used a different second green:


This page was inspired by the theme at Art Journal Journey this month which is Post and Postage.  I've been praying about a family situation for a long time and waiting for God to answer in His own perfect time which is I don't know when.  It got me thinking that it's just like waiting for a parcel from overseas in the post, its definitely coming but you're not sure when its going to arrive!


I spread the leftover green thinly with a baby wipe and used the second green to stencil the diamonds.  I wanted to have another go at the bump technique which Leandra showed at PaperArtsy for their Stencils challenge - you stencil a first colour then 'bump' the stencil a little and use again with a different colour, giving a lovely shadow effect.  My first attempt was not a success due to too runny texture paste which seeped under the stencil.  This time was a bit better although still not quite right:


The stamp was a freebie from Craft Stamper magazine. 




30 comments:

  1. Fantastic work Sue, love how you used the colours, and thanks so much for joining us at Art Journal Journey, Hugs, Valerie

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  2. I love not only the art work, which is lovely, but your message that goes with it makes it equally wonderful. The Bible talks about the oil of gladness...and that came to my mind the minute I saw your piece. Blessings and Hugs

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  3. Both your pages are wonderful ..beautiful background texture and nice messages.

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  4. Congrats on being last weeks winner! Love what you did with the colors this week!!

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  5. I love them both! The lessons and messages that you have on both works of art are simply amazing and so true! And I want to congratulate you on winning, too! YAY!!!!

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  6. WOW... this pages are just AMAZING Sue! I am thrilled about them!
    Fantastic what you did with the SOC colors and I am so glad you joined us at Art Journal Journey as well!
    Super!

    hugs
    Susi

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  7. Fabulous art work, congratulations on your win!

    Love and hugs
    Maarit

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  8. Two beautiful pages, and words I needed to read! TFS xx

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  9. Great pages and sentiment/scripture message, BJ

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  10. Both your pages are beautiful!

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  11. congrats on your win-that is fantastic!! Beautiful post -words and art for this week's challenge!

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  12. Congratulations and these pages are both lovely!!

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  13. beautiful texture.. . wonderful words!

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  14. Lovely ,greeting from Mons in Belgium

    http://louisette.eklablog.com/

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  15. well worked backgrounds... and love the pink music flower

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  16. Both of these pages are so spring like and pretty. Love you second quote too.

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  17. Your art is delightful, it feels so fresh and close to nature, beautiful!

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  18. Congrats on your win last week. I really enjoyed both of these entries, and was glad to see both since you had paint left over. I really like the oil can and thought the shading around it was just perfect. Really lovely entries this week.

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  19. These are both really beautiful pages. The oil can looks wonderful.

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  20. Congrats on being the giveaway winner! Such a wonderful idea that's behind your first SOC-piece, going around with a little can of oil everywhere and help where you can. I like your bump-technique, it gives a really nice result!

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  21. Your pages are lovely and such a great story about the oil can - if only more people would use the oil of human kindness.

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  22. Beautiful textured journalpage - and congrats from winner to winner! Ulrike

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  23. Great pages this week. They were fun colors and you have used them wisely ♥

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  24. Gorgeous journal pages. Thank you for joining in with the Craft Stamper challenge .... Linda xx

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  25. Beautiful pages, and I like the oil can story. Thanks for sharing!

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  26. What lovely pages Susan - and what a perfectly charming story about the oil can.

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  27. Nice! And I love the overall theme for your blog! ;-)

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  28. Happy you're with us in the TIMI challenge from the Craft Stamper. Gorgeous project!
    xxx Ellie Knol xxx

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