Chase your Dreams - by Shana

Many times I create journal spreads directly out of my imagination but this time I wanted to record a moment in time, my sister came to visit me with her 3 children in tow, a long journey considering they drove from Wisconsin to Arizona. What I wanted to record in my journal was her determination and the pride I felt that she accomplished this adventure; she had never gone more than a 5 hour drive from home since she was a toddler. Her courage to do this so she and her children could see more of our beautiful country is amazing to me and my pride that she is my sister is limitless.

I created this journal spread in the wee hours of the morning before she and my beautiful niece and nephews woke up, that is why there isn’t a video for this one. It only took me about an hour to get the wonderfully detailed dreamcatcher and girl in my journal, something that would have taken me much longer without the Sacred Geometry 2 Stencil.

I started by just laying down a mix of random blue acrylic paints for the background, then using my chosen stencil from the set sprayed through using the DecoArt Media spray in Primary Cyan.

 

While the spray was still wet I used a dampened brush to make the overspray into a circle around the geometric pattern.I then used my white fine tip Posca Paint pen to create the web, feathers and beads and used my Dina Wakley Heavy Body Paint in Tangerine to add contrast.



On the opposite page to create some uniformity I added smudges of the Tangerine paint as a background for my girl, I then added the quote and additional feathers with my Posca pen and used the Media spray with a brush to add some detail.



I love the full spread I created and how the stencil made it easy for me to create so much detail with so little effort, I also love that my sisters courage to take on her dreams is forever recorded in my journal.



Big Hugs and Mushy stuff!!

XO Shana

Materials Used:

Sacred Geometry 2 Stencil

Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Paint: in Tangerine and Turquoise

Americana Multi-Surface Satin : in Deep turquoise, Sky blue, Cocoa bean and Buff Beige

DecoArt Media Spray in Primary Cyan

Uni Posca Fine tip paint pen in white




Lisa Cousineau
Lisa Cousineau

Author



9 Responses

Squiddy55/Anne Squir
Squiddy55/Anne Squir

March 05, 2016

Your sister deserves an extra-big hug for inspiring you this way.

Jen Stevens
Jen Stevens

March 05, 2016

Yay! Beautiful and inspiring! Thanks for the chance to win!

Kathy Rader
Kathy Rader

March 05, 2016

I love the dreamcatcher. You do beautiful work. I just started with this art. Joined journal52 this year. A little behind but having fun. I could really use these stencils. Thank you.

Kathy Rader
Kathy Rader

March 05, 2016

I love the dreamcatcher. Wonderful spread and all your work is beautiful. I am new to this, started journal52 this year. Having so much fun. Thank you

tmc
tmc

March 05, 2016

I love the idea of creating a piece based on a memory, especially that it doesn’t need to reflect anything specific about the who or where, just the memory itself.

Heather Warner-Ferguson
Heather Warner-Ferguson

March 05, 2016

Gorgeous!!! Love the colors and the peaceful feeling in your design and the feeling behind your spread, what a journey for your sister and family, thanks for sharing

Marcy
Marcy

March 04, 2016

Thank you my sister!! I love you so much!!

Teresa Arsenault
Teresa Arsenault

March 04, 2016

This is beautiful, peaceful and inspiring.

Briana
Briana

March 04, 2016

What a clever idea for a dream catcher! I love it!
Thanks for also sharing the story about your sister’s journey. She is incredible for taking that on!

Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.