Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Words To Live By

I am a book lover! I find so much of my inspiration for art and art journaling in other peoples words.  Little quotes of wisdom, passages of logic and common sense, poems of resounding beauty...they often express my state in ways my own words cannot.

Years ago, I was sifting through a table filled with old and discarded books in a thrift shop and found this delicious little hardbound book called "Words To Live By".  It's an anthology of words selected and interpreted by ninety eminent men and women of the first half of the twentieth century.

It is filled with so many pearls of wisdom. When I get stuck for inspiration, or find my focus diluted by everyday stresses and worries, I open the book and start reading.  I always find something in it that connects to how I am feeling.  I then use these quotes, poems, or passages as a way to infuse my creativity, expressing in color and paint the emotions stirred by these words.  So often clarity comes from this exercise.  I find it very calming and helps me process whatever is going on in my life, putting it all into perspective between the pages of my sketchbook.

With this in mind, I've decided to start a little exercise called "Words To Live By".  Occasionally, I will share with you a passage, quote or poem that I find inspiring or moving.  Perhaps you will find a connection to these words also, perhaps they will fuel your own creativity. If so, then I encourage you to take these words and let them infuse your own art making. Then, I ask you to share what you have created...sketchbook pages, art journal pages, ATC's, greeting cards, mixed media projects...whatever you like. Leave a comment on this post with a link back to your photo or blog post. With your permission, I will feature some of your work on Dion Dior & More next week.

So, to begin this exercise here is a quote from the book that connected to me today:

"Can you walk on water? You have done no better than a straw. Can you fly in the air? You have done no better than a bluebottle. Conquer your heart; then you may become somebody."
 ~Ansari of Herat~

By the way, all these pages were done using Twinkling H2O's and LuminArte's new line of Silks Acrylic Glaze. For the flowers, I painted the stamp with "Twinks", then dappled some "Silks" over the images for highlight and depth. For the fern, I swept the "Silks" over the stamp then washed the printed image with "Twinks". The "Silks" acted as a resist to the "Twinks" and the depth and dimention came out beautifully. I then added definition and shading using Pigma Micron pen.  I'll be showing you more ways to use these wonderful LuminArte products in future posts.

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