Monday, May 20, 2013

Letter To Self ...

Letter to Self
This month of May has been a real challenge because of the task given by Tracy Weinzapfel for our Mixed Media Monday's group's monthly challenge.   I thought previous challenges had been challenging, but THIS one was a challenge-topper for me, personally.

Tracy asked us to write a letter to our baby self and read her own letter to self as inspiration for us.  WOW - there wasn't a dry eye in the group by the time she got done!  :-)   But ... me.  UGH  What to share of a life filled with ... well ... just "filled" is enough for now.    I talked with my daughter Cassandra, who often helps me find focus and get to the crux of a matter ... and thankfully, found my "letter" ... brief, but centered on the important thing my baby self needs to know.

My letter is the tag which says:  

"Your life will be a tapestry full of dark and bright moments.  Throughout it all, hold fast in the Lord for He is the golden threads and soldered bits of love, light, strength and hope with every part.  

God will never fail you!  

I love you! --ME--"
 
Letter to Self - close-up

The page was created with layer upon layer of acrylic mixtures of Quinacridone Red+Burnt Umber and Quinacridone Red+Titanium White which were applied with a variety of painting knives.  Each layer was dried before the next layer was applied.   The finishing touches are painting knife dabs of acrylic Metallic Gold and fine metallic gold pieces of thread which were decoupaged in place.  The Tag was painted with the dark acrylic mixture and the text written in both gold gelly pen ink with a black fine marker underlay.





10 comments:

  1. Very nice Von, I love the page, and such a nice letter to you.
    Hugs,
    Melissa D
    www.sleeplesswonder.blogspot.com

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  2. I love all the rich dark colors under the gold accents. Looks like it would a fun technique to play with. I really appreciate the gold thread analogy along with your letter. waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

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    1. Thank you Sandee! This technique was a first for me. I knew what I wanted to say and then had to find a way to convey it in the journal. Layers and layers of life = layers and layers of paint. Luckily I didn't layer for every year of life or the journal would close backwards on itself. LOL The gold thread was something that came on pre-printed wooden ornaments I wanted to paint for the kids stockings back in 2005 ... I put ribbon on afterwards and had tucked these into my tools drawer in a baggie. There they sat all that time just waiting til now. :-D

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  3. Such beautiful colors and depth to your background! Looks like someone pour out a pile a deep and rich colored jewels and stones! Love it!

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    1. Thank you Anna! That's exactly what I saw when I looked at the photograph too! If you look at it in different lights, there are different colours that come out. Fun! (((hugs)))

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  4. I love you journal paqe, Von, and your letter is both tender and encouraging! Awesome job on this exercise ala Tracy!

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    1. Thank you Kay! Tracy sure pushes us with these challenges, doesn't she. :-) (((hugs)))

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    1. Thank you Tamiko!! (((hugs))) I like yours better ... your letters were so warm and personal honey. :-)

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