It is my turn to host a challenge for Stamps & Stencils and I picked the theme Trash to Treasure. I kept pressuring myself to do something new for the challenge, but end the end just had to do what I do! Do you ever feel that way? Well, I've felt that way a lot lately and had a good 'ole time working on the cover of my junk journal. I decided it would make it more special if I did the cover, so here you have it.
This book has been about imagining the lives of the "found relatives" collection. I decided to use a big group of people for the cover, each person special and loved by God.
I feel like my interior pages were missing the dimension that my work usually has. I tried to pile it up for the cover. Here I've used Finnabair's art stones, burlap, layers of paper, and one of Mrs. Simpson's crocheted squares. Thank you Barbara for sharing these with me! I treasure every string!
The stencil paste in the background was lost a bit. I puddled with some old ink daubers, similar to Distress Stain. Chainlink fence stamp by Finnabair.
I thought I needed to add another repuprosed item to give you some ideas for entering our challenge. Here I used the lid from a frozen juice concentrate. I gessoed it, then added layers of the same inks.
I just can't help but put string on everything these days! Oh the symbology!!!
See how the layers here are raised up? Now look at my page from inside of the book and see how flat it is? I love making things 3D! So the challenge remains in the inside of the book to create as much depth and contrast as possible without all that bulk. I guess both are equally lovely, but I prefer the heavy stuff!
This will be a reminder to me to stop focusing on myself and see the world around me. I guess that's a lifelong battle for most... So today, let me affirm to you that you are loved deeply by One who died for all. May He help us to show love to each other. Thanks for visiting! <3