Sunday, January 19, 2014

Journal52 Week 2 "Somewhere, a Simple Place"

I've been working on this in bits and pieces all week. This week's prompt for Journal52 is "Somewhere, a Simple Place". Chelle Stein, who is the creator of Journal52 wrote this excerpt from this week's blog.

Allow yourself to feel the wonder, to drink in the beauty and to experience the special time and place where you are. - Ralph Marston

For this week’s prompt, think of places you love. Maybe it is the library, your home, the kitchen, a garden, the place where you create, a travel destination or being surrounded with family or friends. Maybe your place is imaginary. Think of things you enjoy that are related to places and spaces in your life – or maybe a place you wish existed.

So this is what I came up with.
I think it's pretty easy to tell what my "Somewhere, a Simple Place" is but just in case I'll explain. I love to be outdoors in nature. Here's a quote from the journaling I did in the "grassy" area on the left page. 

"I love being in God's creation, riding my horse. Feeling the wind on my face, feeling the movement of his rhythmic gait. Feeling as though I don't have a care in the world and in that moment...I don't. It is in that moment I am aware of God's presence. Feel His delight in me that I appreciate the works of His hands."

I began with using my Tim Holtz Distress Inks as water colors to create a base of color upon which to build. Then I used my Faber-Castell Big Brush pens to create the "grass". The girl, horse and sentiment are a Phyllis Harris stamp by Unity called "and for a Moment. I stamped and colored with my Copic markers. I chose to color the horse in the likeness of my new horse Diamond.
A little closer view. I cut out the horse, girl and grass and stuck to the page with dimensional tape and added the sentiment because I liked it so much. It reads "and for a moment all the world just fades away and it's just you and me."

I also love to watch sunsets. I drew the sun and rays with pencil then colored in with Viva Decor 3D stamp paint "gold". It is very shimmery although the picture doesn't show that.
Here is a close up of the left side. In keeping with my plans to make this a "spiritual art journal" I wrote scriptures that talked about dwelling with God on the left page written in the sun rays and on the right page used scriptures that talked about meditating on the works of His hands.

The statement "No Place I'd Rather Be" actually came from a song we sing a church currently. Then a wrote the lyrics of another song I loved from the 90's written by Don Moen called "I Just Want To Be Where You Are".

Using my Faber Castell Big Brush pens I made musical notes in between the sun rays.

Our prompt for the week also came with a couple techniques to use but I chose to do my own thing and just used the theme. I was pleased for the most part. This is still all so foreign to me. I don't have any idea what I'm doing but it's fun all the same.

I also did a little more with my front cover.
Taking my Faber-Castell black brush tip pen I outlined the word "Truth" and then decided to go over the word with Glossy Accents. Using my White Faber-Castell brush tip pen I wrote the year, Journal 52 and the word "believe".

I don't know if I can stick it out for "52" weeks but I'm going to try. Hope you enjoy following my journey with me.

Have a good one!


  1. We can do it! It's just once a week and if we get behind we can catch up! I love your page. It is so you and it is a beautiful simple place!

    1. Thanks Sandy! I just saw this weeks prompt. Hmmm...what shall I do for this one?!