During the past several months Finnabairs' Mixed Media Place has been throwing up some fabulous challenges. They haven't been your usual "sketch" challenge, or "color" challenge or "journalling" challenge........... they've been "emotional"challenges, and for me they have been the most meaningful and fulfilling challenges I have ever taken part in. There are some absolutely wonderful challenge blogs available to us, and we are very fortunate to have so many hard working, creative entrepreneurs around, who tirelessly run these blogs and constantly inspire us, but these emotional challenges at Mixed Media Place really make you THINK. They make you draw on so much more than just your design, color and technique skills. I try to give my pages much deeper meaning through subtle suggestive, and representative imagery. I am really sad that this is the last of these challenges, but of course that's what art journals are for, and I will continue to explore more "emotions" in mine.
This months emotion is "Stress". We have all experienced it. I looked at stress initially from a purely 'physical' perspective, rather than the obvious mental or emotional stress but found they are all connected any way.
We all put, at times and depending on what sort of work we do, considerable "physical stress" on our bodies...i.e. dancers, labourers, athletes, farmers etc. then if something goes wrong such as an accident or injury, then that in turn will cause us mental and emotional stress, so it's all related, one is dependant on the other.
Beautiful "Lost Letter" paper from Finnabair's Cold Country Collection is the background for this page. I've also used "Vintage Coal", one of the new Color Bloom Spray Mists from Prima. Also lots of stamping, texture paste and Distress Stains.
The concentric circles, and strong directional lines and arrows are representative of not just how we can "physically" be pulled every which way, but also mentally and emotionally.
If you want to push yourself mentally as well as creatively, join our challenge this month at Mixed Media Place. All the details are HERE, as well as lots of inspiration from the DT.
Some emotions visited in the past: Jealousy, Sadness, Tenderness, Fear, Calm and Courage.