Saturday, June 2, 2012

I Finally Found Myself

Hi there,
I realized that I have been a wanderer all along. It took me years to finally know what I really want to do in life. And now I take every opportunity to surround myself with things (and people) that (or who) bring happiness. 

And today's spread is all about our wanderings and soul searching that everyone of us has experienced or still ongoing within. 

Yes, I do enjoy orange now :). 

I am trying not to use watered-down paint anymore, since I'd ruined some of the older pages in this journal. They simply became mushy at the middle and torn away :(. I had prepared my page by spraying blue and orange glimmer mist over stencil a few days ahead. All I need now is just to adhere orange colored tissue papers all over the stencil pattern!. Covered the entire page with tissue papers.


Then I adhered pattern paper cutouts of a window, a bicycle and a door to the page. Dabbed some aqua acrylic paint over a stencil along the outline of the door and top of page. I wiped off some of the aqua paint with baby wipes. I love how the paint and parts of the tissue paper washed out a little bit. Like a real wall with paint chips and graffiti.


I doodled with black india ink in lazy wavy lines. I think the white dotted line underneath helped guide the eyes across the page. Outlined along the door and window with black india ink too.

I had fun making this today. So calming. And I like to leave you a beautiful quote by Henry Ward Beecher;

" Every ARTIST dips her brushes in her own SOUL".

Until next, happy journaling.

Hugs,
Shahrul

18 comments:

  1. Shahrul great art journal pages! :) based on my blog photos, you asked me if i lived in salt lake city. no, i don't. i live in texas. many of my family & friends live in utah. i was there on a trip last week.

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    1. Hey Teddi. Oh I'd mistaken. What a great trip to the mountains!.

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  2. Love your pages..:) turquoise and orange - yummy combination!

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    1. I agree they're a great match. My favorite color pair this week :)). Thanks so much.

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    1. Welcome to my blog, Olga!. Thank you so much.

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  4. Another great art journal! Who here hasn't gone searching, wandered, and found themselves. That's how we build stories, make life lessons, and then realize what makes us happy and appreciate the right things in life! The quote was a nice ending to this awesome post :)

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    1. Love your new profile photo, Lalo!. Totally agree ... I'm glad it all happened before I reach 40!. Thanks so much. Hugs.

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  5. This Journal is looking amazing ... so rich and full of ever colour and texture, so very beautiful! Much like yourself I suspect! xoxo

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    1. Hi Kel!. I guess I see myself now as energetic & warm as orange nowadays. Hugs.

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  6. I am loving that orange...wow..beautiful journal !

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    1. Hi Jane. I like to create a lot more work with orange . Used to hate it :).

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  7. Thats one of my favourite quote "not all who wanders are lost" . The effect on stenciling there and cover up with orange tissue looks like a Maori painting that I saw once. Looks great Shahrul! I can see you are really enjoying orange now ..hehe....( orange used to be my least fav too!)

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    1. Oh noooo... I've got the quote all wrong. LOL. Anyways, they meant the same :). Wow, now that you mentioned it, the stencil spritz work does look like a Mauri tattoo, doesn't it??. BTW, there is going to be a partial lunar eclipse observation @ Planetarium Negara tomorrow night, I'll send you details. Hugs.

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  8. Ooooh...love the amazing textures on the background! I love using orange...it's very visually appealing on art journaling! :)

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    1. You know what?. I'm inspired by your bright colored artwork and decided I should use some!. I have liked orange ever since :).

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  9. Absolutely GORGEOUS. I have so much tissue paper I've been saving for 'something' and you've given me a great direction to go with it. I love these pages!

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    1. Hey Marjie. I begin hoarding tissue papers every time I go out lunch or do groceries. Simple pleasures :).

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