"Once we clearly acknowledge the soul, we can learn to hear it's cries. - Dallas Willard, Renovation Of The Heart."

It takes courage to pursue our dreams. It takes time and patience to unearth buried treasure. But I believe with all my heart that we must do both.

1.21.2011

another journal spread


I am enjoying this process. You get the look of multiple layers without  using layers and layers of paint. I signed up for several of Traci Bautista's online classes. I think creating those Zentangles opened up a doodling vein in me, and yes Bren, I do think they will show up in future journal pages.

19 comments:

Bren said...

This is fantastic! Vibrant, lively and with the wonderful graffiti style. I'll be watching for how you incorporate your zens into future pages. Traci will be a great match for your style Mar. She just burst with inspiration. Little envy of those classes you get to take :-)

CountryDreaming said...

I'm thinking of a good friend of mine who I was having a discussion with on the phone about a week ago on the topic of perfect joy. One thing I would add to this image to achieve that result: the Cross of Christ.

Janet said...

More gorgeous pages! If you aren't using layers of paint how are you getting that look???

Mary said...

Hi Janet, I guess I should clarify that a bit. Yes, there are several layers, which include stamping, stenciling and doodles, but the initial paint background has less. I usually paint, then gesso, then paint, and gesso again, and repeat. Using Traci's technique of spreading several colors across the page at a time required fewer layers and less paint.

lori vliegen said...

i love this color explosion combined with zentangle doodly goodness!! fabulous pages mary!! xox

Nancy said...

Mar, these pages make me smile because they are happy and full of joy......love these colors......so excited that you are taking these classes...I can't wait to see what else you do with your paints...

I hope you have a wonderful weekend
Love ya

PaperPumpkin said...

I LOVE these pages, Mary! LOVE them! I want to climb into them. Your writing is so precious, dear friend. Love to you! ~Kath

jgr said...

Awesome layers! and colors! and everything-So cool!

Buffy said...

I love the combination of colors and layers on this one. I can't wait to see more of what you do in Traci's classes. How exciting.

Sharon said...

Oh how I love your colors and layers and all these new journal pages just show how much fun you are having. And the zentangles are fab too.

Jennifer Richardson said...

I love that you learn
and keep learning
and learning
and in all of your learning
you're teaching me:)
-Jennifer

Ophelia said...

Oh My!!!! This is so wonderful Mary. I just want to rub my hands on it!!! Your work is so awesome, and I'm heading to Traci's blog now!!

Connie Lou said...

Wow! A whole new look, but isn't that what it is all about always alive, always changing....thank you so much!

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

Wowsie! This is so beautiful! I love the colors and the doodles!! Isn't it special how our doodles are just plain US? No one else can copy a doodle very well. I think our doodles just come out of our taking the peaceful time to just wiggle our fingers around in whatever which way our imagination flows. I LOVE your wiggles that your fingers made Mary!

♥Lee Ann

Patti said...

Love, Love, love, Which of Traci's c lasses are you taking? I am trying to decide where to start. Is this your first class? Thanks, Patti

Mary said...

Hi Patti, I don't see an email on your profile so I will answer here and hope you come back. :)
I am taking a few of hers. The Doodle class, and Graffiti Bouquet. I purchased her book about 3 three years ago and kind of put it aside. Pulled it out again last week and created these journal spreads. I had so much fun doing them that I signed up for her classes to learn more. She gives loads of info, examples and has great downloads. Well worth the cost.

Patti said...

Yes, thanks for the info. I love your blog and enjoyed looking at you flicker page. Loving the porches......front and back. Wish I lived closed and we could have some iced tea on the front porch swing. You have created beautiful art and a beautiful place to live.

thekathrynwheel said...

Woweeee, this is stunning. I always love your use of colour :-)

Montgomery Family said...

*LOVE*