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.
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.