Saturday, 8 August 2015

Bookprint Flowers

Here is a card I made using PaperArtsy Jofy stamps. 

The current challenge at PaperArtsy is 'Flowers' and at Craft Stamper it is 'Pens and 'Pencils' - what great challenges and what better way to colour in flowers than with water colour pencils!  I started off with a backround of torn book pages inspired by Anneke de Clerck, yes they really are there!  But I didn't like the colours when I added paint so had to keep adding till I was happy and then the bookprint wasn't really showing any more.

I stamped the large flower from Jofy 14 randomly all over and because I was impatient to get stamping I hadn't let the paint dry completely so the flowers came out a bit faded - but I really liked them!

I was determined to have some bookprint showing so I stamped the flowers again on book paper, coloured with water colour pencils and cut out:

I love how these turned out.

This happens sometimes, or quite a lot!  You have an idea in your head but it doesn't turn out.  BUT, if you go with it and keep going the end will be even better than your original plan..... You thought I was talking about the card didn't you.  Yes, it happened with my card and it made me think that's just like in life.  Often things don't turn out as we plan or hope but if we trust God then we go with it because His plans for us are best!  I'm really happy with my card and I'm also happy with God's plans for me :)

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Thursday, 6 August 2015

Waiting Takes Time

How many times have you prayed to God for something, not had an answer and then tried to sort things out for yourself?  I know that I have but its the wrong thing to do!  This is what I've been tempted to do in a recent situation but I just know that God is telling me to wait and He is going to bring the solution marvellously about.  Sometimes God doesn't answer but it doesn't mean that the answer isn't going to come.

Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him
Ps 37: 7 

This verse says it all.  We are to be still in His presence and draw the strength and grace we need from Him.  We mustn't get in the way of what God is going to do by hurrying ahead trying to force something to happen.  He will answer but we need to wait and waiting takes time.

Here is my art journal page where I've combined the current topics at PaperArtsy - Flowers and Art Journal Journey - Time.

The idea for the clock flowers came from Leandra at PaperArtsy where she added clock flowers to a journal spread for a previous topic on Time.  I loved the concept of clock flowers and they were just right for my page.  I ended up with a black backround because I didn't like my initital backround.  I like the hint of blue showing through:

I played with stencils and paint and texture paste - always fun:

I added ribbon for the stems and ricrac for leaves:

I stamped the clocks on card I had painted, I wanted this to be a bright cheery page:

Finally I wrote the words and painted them in:

This page was really fun to do and came together quickly - LOL, I didn't have to be patient for this one!

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