Saturday 25 February 2017

Journal52 #8 Stillness

I admit I did a google search for quotes which included the word stillness when I saw the prompt for week 8 from Journal52.  As soon as I found this Eckhart Tolle quote however, I knew exactly what I was going to do on my page.

I started by laying my stamp over the stencil to check the layout, marking the correct location in pencil, removing the stencil then stamping the image which was a stamp from the Clarity New Design Club (#102) called Alice.using Jet Black Archival ink.  Once dry, I masked off the image using Pebeo Drawing Gum.  I hate making masks, so this is a fantastic product.

Once the drawing gum was dry, I laid the stencil into position again, taped it into place using low tack masking tape and added Dylusions acrylic paint through the stencil using a small, round blending tool and blending foam.  I used After Midnight over the top part of the stencil and a blend of White Linen and After Midnight at the bottom. 

I then went around all the trees and branches with a brown Sakura 0.5 Micron pen 'sketching' in the outlines, then adding texture to the trunks and branches.  Once complete, I painted over the trees with Tea Dye Distress ink and a water brush, using my glass mat as a palette.  I then added texture to the 'snow' using a glue pen and DecoArt Glamour Dust and rubbed away the drawing gum to reveal the little girl image ready for colouring.

Alice was painted using Distress inks and a water brush; Carved Pumpkin for the dress, Vintage Photo for her hair and a blend of Antique Linen and Tattered Rose for her skin.

The last step was to add the quote, 'Seek out a tree and let it teach you stillness.' by Eckhart Tolle.  Most of the words were available in the Chit Chat sticker books by Tim Holtz (tree came from the seasonal version).  I was already intending to spell out the word stillness using my favourite alphabet set - the Word Chain Alphabet by Claritystamp, however I had to print out 'Seek', 'let' 'teach' and the name Eckhart Tolle using my Dymo Letratag.  Each word was added using additional glue beneath to make sure that nothing would come loose, given that the words were going over Glamour Dust.  'Stillness' did not stamp very clearly for that very reason, so I went over each letter with a ProMarker in Royal Blue to tie in with the dark blue colour behind the trees at the top of the page.

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