Today we have a special guest blogger, former design team member Linda Edkins Wyatt! I was thrilled when she agreed to come up with a post, and she even used several stencils that are on sale this week at Artistcellar :-D. I hope you enjoy seeing her process when creating a special Reiki Morning Prayer journal page. -Lisa
To christen my new Dylusions square journal, I decided to do a two page spread using some of my favorite Artistcellar stencils. I am particularly fond of the Chakra stencils, which come in a six inch square size and also as a set of pocket stencils, which are conveniently the exact size of ATCs. The Diamond Series heart stencil, Sacred Heart Divine stencil, and Jill K. Berry Map Series Global Compass Rose combined nicely with the Chakras.
I started by prepping the pages with gesso.
When it dried, I sponged some light lavender acrylic paint through the crown chakra stencil, followed by the heart gem with aqua paint.
I randomly grabbed stencils, mixed paints, and sponged away until almost the whole spread was covered. I had the idea of putting a favorite Buddha quote on the right side, so I blocked that space out with a piece of cardboard.
Once I finished the stenciling, I stepped back and looked at it. Ugh! It was garish. With Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s tips from a recent class ringing inside my head, I took some black acrylic, watered it down a bit, dipped in my art toothbrush, and splattered away. Better, but still kind of…boring.
Julie’s other tip from the class was, when something isn’t working “knock it back,” so I applied gesso to tone the colors down. Better. I added some strokes of white acrylic here and there until I liked the background.
I had a vision of using my calligraphy markers and adding my favorite Buddha quote: “Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.” I pulled out my phone to Google the quote and to be sure that the words were correct. Much to my dismay I discovered that it is a fake Buddha quote. Good words to live by, but fake, fake, fake.
I threw caution to the wind and decided to just write the Reiki Morning Prayer on the pages, using an ordinary Sharpie marker, with my semi-sloppy handwriting sprawled on the page. I did not Google the words, I did it from memory. There are several variations to the wording on the Morning Prayer, but they all have the same intent. I also purposely left the pencil marks under my writing as a reminder of my own imperfection—I am a Virgo and constantly try to be perfect, to be correct, and to strive for excellence. The pencil marks peeking out remind me to slow down, relax, breathe, be thankful, and just be.
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