Our main purpose here at IE is to challenge ourselves, each other and YOU to take the creative process to the next level; to inspire growth and change in our scrapbooking beyond the mundane.
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This month we are thrilled to welcome back as a guest designer with our team, the artistic and genteel, Scarlett Salomone. Her creative works are as lovely as she is!
This month's challenge is issued by the talented Wendi Robinson. Her first time to issue a challenge for IE and it's a great one! Here is her challenge in her own words:
LOSS... One thing we as scrapbookers do is post about lots of happy things, wonderful moments, things that make us smile, and things we want to remember. Too many times we avoid scrapping the not so memorable, or sad times. Most of us have experienced a loss of some kind, whether is be a loved one- sometimes it's expected, sometimes the loss comes too soon and unexpected. Other times we lose a pet, a job, feel like we've failed at a situation, or loss of a friendship. This time, let's scrap those harder moments that come into our lives. Scrap about a LOSS of some kind.
I had a few approaches I considered for this challenge. We all experience loss - from the mundane, like a set of keys, to milestones like the loss or end of singlehood, to the death of a pet, to loss of significant people in our lives and friendships. I considered documenting some of those, and had some ideas swirling around, and then I opened my art journal and this happened:
I think when I grieve, I grieve for a time and quite privately, and then I'm okay and ready support those around me. My dad's parents passed on quite close together in time, within a few weeks of each other, but several years ago, and I truthfully do not think of them often. This is because I truly believe they are with Christ and I will see them again, so my grief was one of earthly separation, but I live more in hope than in loss. However, from time to time an old hymn is part of the line up of songs we sing in church that brings my grandpa back me, and I have tears rolling down my cheeks by the song's end. This song is When Peace Like a River, and my grandpa had a booming voice - he loved to sing! When we come to the chorus, I can almost hear him echoing the it is well in his big, joyful voice. The message of the song is one of hope and victory and that humbles me, too. So between recollections of grandpa and being humbled in what Christ has done for me, I sing it with a few tears rolling down my cheek. Here's what went into this special page.
After priming the page with gesso, I started with one of my favourite stencils and tapped on 3 colours of acrylic paint on the lower half to 2/3 of the page, to resemble water. I painted on clouds through a stencil, andthen hand wrote the lyrics of the hymn. Using another stencil, I painted in the black background, with watercolours, so there's a sheerness to it. Dark times don't last forever, and I live in the light! The light is painted on with liquid pearls through a stencil. Some modeling paste dotted through a stencil, clear gloss drippage, and some words painted on with liquid pearl pen finish off this symbolic page for me. Thank you, Wendy, for giving me the opportunity to pause and think about loss. It is well with my soul! It's a short hop this month, so be sure to visit with the rest of our participants and see how they responded to this month's challenge. AND we'd love for you to share on our Facebook page if you feel inspired to take up Wendy's challenge too!