This tutorial is Part 12 of My Soul Book video series (not many left…)
For this page, I picked wise words from Melody Ross’ Soul Book curriculum:
“i want to remember that it is OK to be alone, in fact it is sometimes the best thing for me.”
It is so true for me. And sometimes I feel guilty of wanting to and enjoying being alone. I feel anti-social and also that I should be making the effort to go out and meet people, catch up with friends, etc. But I know that I need that time alone, with no stress, no noise, no conversation, just me and my thoughts, and finding myself.
I have been doing this for a while now (pretty much since I started art journaling) and this has really made a difference to my life. I have grown more balanced, more focused, and more tolerant towards other people as well as myself. I have grown to appreciate the fact that there are some things that are out of my control, and trying hard to make them the way I want or holding on to the things that are no longer relevant to me, and being alone, getting to know who I really am, has helped me deal with these things I would have stressed over and got myself ill a few years ago.
No I am not anti-social, I just need that ME-Time to relax, gather my thoughts and explore who I am. It is far from being selfish, wanting and making time for ME-Time. It benefits everyone around you as, if you are trying to be someone you’re not, it is stressful and makes you feel miserable, always having a sense of failure. This reflects and affects the people around you.
By focusing on your happiness and well-being, you are ensuring theirs as well and giving them a healthy role model.
- Scrapbook paper
- Mod Podge
- Catalyst wedge
- heart element (watercolours on copier paper)
- big circle punch
- word strips
- fabric washi tape
- bronze and gold gel pens
- photo printed with Polaroid Zip mini printer on sticker Zip paper
I started by covering my page with a piece of scrapbook paper cut to size and glued it with Mod Podge. I used my Catalyst silicone wedge to smooth it.
I cut out a rectangle out of a fabric sample to use as a frame for my photo. I glued it with Mod Podge and stuck my sticker photo on top.
I used my heart element (i painted it on normal paper a while ago to try my new watercolour set when I received it), punched a big circle out of a piece of flower-patterned scrapbook paper, and a small scrapped strip of the fabric I used for my photo frame. I auditioned these 3 to create a cluster. Once I was happy with the placement, I glued them with Mod Podge, covering the elements to seal them. I used my wedge to smooth out the air bubbles and wrinkle.
I then cut out my word strips and glued them on my page. I covered the whole scrapbook paper background with the Mod Podge to even out the shine and texture across the whole page.
I used some bits of fabric washi tape, folded in 2 lengthways and cut out a V to create a ribbon effect. I stuck them across my page to create interest and balance.
I framed my photo, word strips and elements using gold and bronze gel pens to add some shine and subtly define the elements. It also gives the page more warmth.
I also drew golden hearts on my photo and the rest of my page, and framed the edges with some rough lines,for some cool doodle effect.
Now for some close-ups