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Purging: From Broken to Beautiful, an art journal entry


I recently discovered that I am a mixed media artist. I mean I thought my indecisiveness to settle on one medium, my “what if I combine this”, thinking and my  constant distraction brought on by the next pretty thing that flew by was part of my weirdness. Turns out there is a name for it.  I love  this breaking down the creative barriers thing. It’s liberating and gives me so much more room for my, well , lets just call it creative colorfulness.

      As I stated in an earlier post, I have been suffering from extreme emotional noise. The kind that is deafening. The kind that keeps me from hearing anything beautiful. It’s not all my noise. When you get close to and take care of others with broken hearts, you can hear theirs as well and when it all gets tangled up with the day-to-day, the drama queen emerges.  When I get like that,  I know it’s time to purge.

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     For me, when it’s time to ” work it out”, I turn to my art. I create a healing in my head, my heart and my soul and I simply must get it out. I cannot turn it off until the process has begun and I cannot stop until my emotional noise is quiet. This time I turned to my art journal and  I thought I would share with you my process. I am always  in the middle of a work shop or a book, right now 3. So I  combined somethings that I  learned with ideas I have in my head.( I’ll review those for you when I get through with them.)

  So here is what I did.

   First I used a double page layout. I primed it with Gesso, sprayed it with some ink and began to write down all that noise.

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 The next thing I did was paint several layers of paint over that. The goal here is to cover all that negative stuff with  something beautiful and To let go of all that “crap” I carry around. I used several colors and  created a basic background then began my sketch of my girl. After I was happy with the basic form, I cut her out and adhered it to my journal page. I then shaded a little and put the outline in for my hair.

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 I then used clear embossing powder to create a resist and then inked the page with distress inks. The border was the next thing.

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Cool, Huh?

 Next I put on the hair with modeling paste.  After it was dry I  inked it up as well.   Too Busty…. what to do… Hmmm. More hair, embellishments, and finishing’s.

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 I completed this entry with the words ” From Broken to Beautiful” and this scripture that I found that I really Like. It’s super comforting to know that God has got my back.

Isaiah 58:8

” Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear, then your righteousness will go before you and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard”.

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  I was thinking about using this as a guide to make a  journal for my Etsy shop. If I decide to do that I’ll up date this post with a pic.

 Feeling better already.

 Toodles…. See you soon.

Update… made a blank art journal using the same technique.  Thought I’d Share

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Hi! Sharon here! I am a self taught Mixed Media artist on a mission to share the joy, the fun and the healing powers of art. And maybe a few artistic shenanigans along the way. i am a certified Artis4every1 instructor and I create art for sale here in my studio.

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