My project for this months Craft Stamper Make It Take It challenge is a journal page. Bit of a coincidence as I had decided to use this before I saw that the amazing prizes on the blog this month are based around art journaling!
These lines are what this page is about...…
THE MONSTER IS ON MY SHOLDER
SAYING CRUEL AND HURTFUL THINGS
I DON’T STOP AND LISTEN OR ARGUE
BECAUSE THEN IT’S THE MONSTER WHO WINS
NO DISCUSSION OR ATTENTION,
NOT EVEN A WITHERING GLANCE
I’LL PUSH IT OFF MY SHOLDER
AND CARRY ON TAKING A CHANCE
…... that voice of doubt on you shoulder, whispering in your ear (or maybe not on your shoulder....maybe someone you work with, live with or are 'friends' with) constantly belittling and making us feel inadequate. And how we have to learn to ignore it, overcome it and keep going.
Here's how I made it.
My background colour choices (I can't keep away from blue!!!) and the focal stamp...one from Andy Skinners Spook set.
Couple of fluid acrylics in blue brayered on...….
'Tech Trauma' set.
Stamped, embosse, cut out and painted my lil monster......
Added hair around the girls features, defined face shape and started to add some tendrils over the shoulders. Stuck my monster on and added the title words, shaded around the monster with Pitt pens.
But came back and thought she looked traumatised, unhappy, unwell and like her 5'o'clock stubble was getting out of control. The point of this page was to BEAT the monster, not the other way around! So I completely re-painted the face, took out the shadows and altered the shape to make her less ill looking! I even gave her a coat of glitter paint on her face and a proper nose!!! Stamped lots of words from Andy's 'Word Up' set onto tissue paper and glued them onto her face, shoulders and hair. This is safer than stamping directly onto a very textured project, or one you don't want to ruin, or if you are just a bit tired! I then had fun doodling, drawing hearts, outlining some words, adding white hairs and journaling (writing stuff) around the outline of her head and shoulders.
I went back around my monster with a Stabillo All pen and a water brush to shade.
Thanks for looking and good luck with your monster......and the competition!