Mercy me, this has been a sadly neglected little blog lately!! But it's a NEW YEAR, right? All KINDS of reasons to feel hopeful!!
I've chosen my One Little Word for the year and that too, has me feeling hopeful!! Here is what I posted today over at Love is in the Details!
Since Ali Edwards made this concept popular a few years ago, many, many people have focused on choosing a single word at the beginning of each year, that can become a touchstone for them through out the rest of the year. A gentle reminder of something they can do/think/envision for themselves on the road to self realization or personal improvement. This year, choosing a word was a little harder for me. There were so many areas of my life that I'd like to focus on, and I couldn't seem to find one word that either stood out or enveloped all the areas. Until I thought of "use". I am blessed with so much. Time, health, energy, experience, and even a little talent too. But what do I do with it? I know far too much of my time is wasted and at the end of each day I just shake my head at how little of value I have accomplished. I have good health and enough strength to do what needs to be done and a bit more. Too often that is wasted too. Or spent frivolously on myself. I want to focus more on the needs of others and be useful to my family and others who can't do as much for themselves. I'm available, I can help. So I want to USE what has been given to me, to become more USEFUL to others.
I thought a canvas on the wall would be a good, constant reminder of this for me.
So I hauled out the gesso, and the modeling paste, and the ModPodge and the brushes, and all manner of bits and bobbles I could find! I didn't really have a final result envisioned and that's good because I'm pretty sure what I ended up with wouldn't have looked anything like what I'd pictured.
These photos are sort of a step by step of the process. You really just build layers. I didn't want a lot of color, so I made it all about texture. As I got closer to the end, I decided it needed more color after all, so I pulled out the stamps to layer on top of the textures.
Then I used some stencils, including the leftover negative from a chipboard shape for the bottom left flourish, to build up a layer of modeling paste. While that was drying, I added my One Little Word letters with ModPodge to adhere and seal over top.
Once all that was dry, I began layering on other mediums: mesh ribbon, beads, metals, transparency images. ModPodge again came into play as an adhesive. After that was dry, I used more gesso, thinned with water to mute all the color by painting over it with a sponge brush.
Have you chosen a word for yourself for this year? I'd love for you to share it here and I'm going to choose one comment to receive a little something in the mail from me!!