The two plain janes we’re releasing today started out just as word art I wanted to use in my art journal. But the more I thought about them, the more I wanted them in stamp form. The first few months with twins have been challenging to say the least and the phrase one day at a time has taken on new meaning for me. In the first couple months with the twins I couldn’t handle thinking beyond one day without sobbing. To get through each day I just had to focus on one hour at a time… anything else was just too overwhelming. I couldn’t see a future for myself. But as the boys have started sleeping a little more, the hours have stretched to days and now I’m happy to say I’m able to look forward about a week without becoming too overwhelmed. And anytime I get too scared about how much my life has changed in such a short time, I try to remember this little phrase... one day at a time. That’s all I can do.
So my first art journaling session since last fall had to be centered on this One Day plain jane. In the wee hours of the morning when I’m feeding the boys, I plan out art journal pages in my head. This was one of those planned out pages. I was so excited to try finger painting instead of using a brush - it was so freeing! For the background, I used medium body acrylics, and then cut pieces of cardstock to form the flower petals. To the left is a little close up of the flower which is finger painted with acrylic paints and white and black gesso and I hand doodled the stem.
For a little texture, I used a doily stencil in the corner with a little light molding paste, then spritzed with some Mr. Huey spray after it had dried. I added a little more texture with the graph stamp from the Making a Statement set. The One Day sentiment is stamped onto copy paper, glued behind the flower and then taped on with washi tape. I finished with a little air art tool to make the white not so stark.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Be sure to check out all the prize details and the June sale info over on the Verve Blog. Next up on the hop is the uber talented and super sweet Sankari!
Stamps: One Day Plain Jane, Making a Statement (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Watercolor 140 lb Visual Journal (Strathmore), copy paper
Ink: Medium Body Acrylics (Liquitex), Black Archival (Ranger), Black Gesso (Golden)
Accessories: Doily stencil (Christy Tomlinson), Light Molding Paste (Liquitex), Air art tool (SU!), washi tape (Recollections)