Friday, July 18, 2014

Rare for Certain

I create art not only to memory keep and as an artistic expression but partly as a stress reliever thus you will rarely see me make a scrapbook page or create other projects that have to do with the negative sides of life. This project had me venture there. I wanted to join into the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft's Take the Challenge with Mou which was to create something you don't usually create. I took the prompt from July's Emotional challenge over at the Mixed Media Place.  This is their last in the Emotional Challenges and it was a dewsy... STRESS.

Supplies: Gelatos [Coconut, Earl Grey, Squid Ink, and Black Licorice], Stamper's Big Brushes [Black, Warm Grey IV], whipped spackle, stipple brush (Faber-Castell), gesso (Liquitex), alpha stamp [Dyan Reaveley - Dylusions] and gel medium (Ranger), arrow stamps (Kelly Panacci - SandyLion), lrg arrow stencil (Heidi Swapp), clocks stencil (Prima), bricks stencil (The Crafter's Workshop), acrylic paint (blk- Artist's Loft and wine- Plaid), light canvas fabric (misc.), stencil font stencil (Silhouette Cameo), female image ( wallpapers)

Yep, sort of all over the place chaos in this art journal page.  I really think I captured how it makes me feel when I am overwhelmed by stress.  I do not mind stress in a controlled manner.  In fact, it makes me very productive and my day to day job is stressful for the most part on a regular basis.  The problem comes when there is too much and for too long without a reprieve or an end in sight... when the balls start to drop as the number of stressors gets out of hand... my mind starts to reel, my body starts to feel it and I start to shut down from the weight of it all.

I used a variety of different stressor images/symbols.

Wow... see... too heavy. I would much rather create the brighter side and bring a smile and beauty into my life.  Oh well, it was a challenging endeavour that took me out of my comfort zone, I tried some new techniques, and I have an interesting art journal page to show for it. Not too shabby.



Pascale B. Scrap said...

Beautiful interpretation of this challenge!! thank you for joining us at Mixed Media Place challenge

Riikka Kovasin said...

Really powerful and expressive! Thank you for joining the Mixed Media Place challenge!

Linda Brun said...

WOW, so much emotion I can read in this page, so beautiful. Thank you for playing with us at MMP.

Heather Landry said...

This is such an impressive page because it does an amazing job showing how you feel when you're under so much stress.

Chantal Vandenberg said...

Rocking work!!! :D

Ella Swan said...

Yup we are the same here too - I don't like recording the negative things - it's like reading the news - who needs to know about it when we are happier without it LOL - but you did great nonetheless!!

Bente Fagerberg said...

Love this strong page. I am like you. Normally I create for my own enjpoyment and want to make something that makes ME happy. I do get that others have different reasons for what they make. I think you made a bold statement with this one. WTG!