2018/03/28

Art Journal: There is a universe inside you

WIP in my mini pocket journal with #octopodefactory stamps @tcwstencils stencils and @liquitexofficial paints. #mixedmediatechniques #mixedmediaart #artjournalpage #artistofinstagram #rubberstamping #stencils #colorcoordination

It's been a little quiet on my blog, due to some things happening on the personal front. My dad has been in the hospital for a week and the fact is he's not going to recover, this time, from the heart attack he had. He's getting palliative nursing care at his home so he's being well taken care of until that moment arises that he is no longer with us. Acceptance is the only way to move forward, things are settling down and there is some peace and calm again, within and around me.

So last weekend I finally sat down in my art room and started to create again. It felt SOOOO GOOD! What a relief it was for me to pour it all out on blank pages. Creation is definitely good for the soul. There is like this whole universe inside you that wants to be seen and heard and can be awakened if you let yourself be immersed in it. I finished the journal pages over the last few days.

Universe inside
This is the end result of the art journal pages and creating this page really was very soothing and freeing. I used some of my fave products from my fave companies:
Liquitex gesso, paints and gel medium  specimen stencil from TCW, Succulents stencil from StencilGirl, Alice (by Janet Klein) stamp from Stampotique Originals, The large rose stamp from Octopode Factory and several mixed media stamps from VLVS! as well as "dreamer's only" and "there is a universe inside you" stamps by Cat Kerr. I also used paint over pens, wink of luna metallic brushes, distress crayons and pearl rubs. 

Universe inside

Let us all find that universe inside us and pour it out on blank pages. 

Sharing the above desk shot with WOYWW #460 at Julia's wonderful blog. Sorry I've been a bit out of touch, now you know why, but hope to connect with you all again this week. 

I also would like to add this journal page to the following challenges: 
The mood board was wonderful and I am absolutely longing for spring to arrive. 
The sky blue, magenta/pink colors and flowers inspired me with this page.


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I used a couple of stencils, liquitex paints, gesso and gel medium as well as alcohol markers, staz on ink, paint over markers, distress crayons and more. 

I interpreted this as I myself being the "box" in which there is a whole other universe inside to discover. As we all do, I believe :) 

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

42 comments:

  1. I am so sorry to hear about your father. I hope his days are peaceful and comfortable. The pages are fantastic!! I love the left one, amazing! Yes we need to let our universes escape and create.
    Have a great desk day.
    Ellie #27

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  2. Hi, I am glad you have been able to work through so much via your journal. I wish you and your father comfort and peace. Happy WOYWW Sarah #7

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  3. Just gorgeous.

    Thank you for joining us at TRY IT ON TUESDAY and ART JOURNAL JOURNEY

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  4. Oh my, I just adore that dark red velvety rose on the turquoise background, it looks amazing!!
    And I'm so sorry to hear about your dad, I guess at least you have time to talk and say all the things in your heart - I never got the chance with my mum and that still hurts.
    Sending you big hugs,
    Hugs LLJ 9 xxxx

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  5. It is always sad when one knows that a life is ending. How good to express those thoughts and feelings in an art journal.
    Hugs Monica #32

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  6. Making art is healing - you pages are so beautiful Cheetarah!
    I am so sorry to hear about your Dad!
    You are in my thoughts!
    Thank you so very much for joining us at Try It On Tuesday and Art Journal Journey! You know how much we appreciate you joining our challenges with your wonderful art!

    oxo Susi

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  7. So sorry to hear about your dad. It's so hard, but you're right creativity is good for the soul. Cherish the time you have with him now.
    Dorlene #34

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  8. Sorry to read about your Dad. Creating art is a good way of escaping and hopefully healing at the same time..
    Your journal pages look fantastic, thank you for sharing with us at Try it on Tuesdays.
    Yvonne

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  9. How sad to read about your father. I am sure even though you have accepted it, when the time comes, there will still be that jolt and sadness. My heart goes out to you.

    I have always believed that art heals, and you have certainly proved that. I was simply thrilled that you decided to share this with us at Art Journal Journey. It's a fabulous spread and fits Rosie's theme perfectly.

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  10. So sorry to read about your Dad! I know it will be hard when the time comes but pleased you are finding comfort in your crafting! Your journal is looking great and I'm so pleased you joined us at Try It On Tuesday!Chrisx

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  11. Hi there, and so sad to hear about your Dad. Sending you love, hugs and strength. Love the journal pages, they turned out beautifully. Running late this week, got distracted by the chance to do some gardening again yesterday! Have a lovely week, Hugs, Shaz #8 XxX

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  12. This is a great page. I love your images and background and glad you found a few minutes to join us at TIOT. Sorry to read about your dad too. Hope you find the strength to deal with all the changes that life is bringing to you now. Hugs-Erika

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  13. Oh dear, I cannot express how sad I am to hear of what you have been going through these past few days. I hope you get to spend some quality time with him where you can both relive the joyful moments you have shared.
    So glad that you are able to work through your feelings via your journal. People who do not journal do not understand but it is what we put into the pages that is important not always what we make and send out to others.
    Look after yourself and remember to talk.
    Hugs, Neet 2 xx

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  14. wow I love your art, I can see you have a lot of experience too :) Also thanks for reminding me about MMMchallenge :) take care

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  15. Thank your for your visit on my page!
    I am late, as always, just finished my LO
    while inspiration was running high.

    Now studying all your beautiful artwork
    to get energy to keep creating. It´s wonderful art!
    I do like everything colourful. :)

    Have a wonderful evening!
    Hugs
    Sussie

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  16. Loving your journal pages. Sorry to hear about your dad and hope you are able to have some quality time together. Have a great belated woyww and happy creating, Angela x19x

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  17. I am so sorry to read about your Dad. I have always said that art is a therapy for me and I'm glad it has been for you too. Your pages are just beautiful.

    Please don't take this the wrong way but maybe give my desk a miss this week as I was scratching onto film that involved surgery and I wouldn't want you upset.

    Hope you have an equally creative week this week, big hugs,
    Carmen x #26


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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment and sweet consideration about the film. I haven't had time to visit everyone's desk last week, but hopefully I can visit you this week! xoxo Cheetarah

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  18. sorry to read about your Dad being ill! I lost my sister a couple months back and miss her a lot. I use at to soften the edges with the real world comes knocking at my door...hence my blog name...Okienurse Paper and Ink Therapy! Love the pages you did a really great job! Thanks for visiting my blog earlier...I am late getting around as usual! Vickie #39

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment! I'm so sorry to hear about your sister. That would have been so tough for me as well. Big hugs to you! xoxo Cheetarah

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  19. Sorry to read about your Dad, but it looks like you were able to relax and have some fun with these journal pages.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Try it on Tuesday.
    Avril

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  20. Ohh! My heart went out to you as I read about your dad's situation. I'm learning more and more that family is what it all boils down to and we're so blessed when we have parents who love us and share so much of their lives with us. I can't imagine how hard it would be to lose a parent, but your words and art really made me want to hug everyone and everything while I can! I'm glad that you were able to use your art to help you have a few minutes of joy and I love what you've created. It is full of wonder and imagination and whimsy, yet the words were so wise. I also felt like the rose brought that sense of renewal and growth and hope. I wish you all the best for the days ahead and am so grateful you shared your story and your beautiful art with us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comments Andrea! And yes Family is what it boils down to, immediate or chosen family, it's all about the people you care for. Art is therapy for sure and I just love seeing your work you make for SSSMC every week :) Big hugs to you xoxo Cheetarah

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  21. Beautiful project, thanks so much for joining us at TIOT, Valerie

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