I’m getting messy again…
and doing more of that introspecting…
and it’s scary
and eye opening
and stretching me…
One of the challenges on this week’s Get Messy blog was to take a look at your shortcomings… as the teen said, OUCH! But, these shortcomings aren’t what define me, they are just areas of me that I can improve, grow, stretch myself, areas that I can overcome…not areas to define me. But, the teen was right, listing them was hard, and ugly and it made me look at parts of me I didn’t want to see, and if I am honest, I probably didn’t even list them all because it was getting too ugly. But, the Get Messy girls didn’t want us to just look at our ugly, our mess, they wanted us to grow from it. So, after listing our shortcomings, we were told to tear up the paper and use it in our art journal. I chose to write my shortcomings on pink tissue paper – and choosing pink was part of my journey too… it’s my favorite color and I needed to be able to have something to like about this part of me. After I wrote them all over the tissue paper (some even with doodles), I tore it up into tiny pieces of confetti. I opened my book to the next section of pages and covered the pages with gesso. While the gesso was still wet, I began placing the tissue paper all over it, using the gesso as a sort of modge podge. There are actually two layers of tissue paper on each of these pages (I found a lot of shortcomings!)! The pink tissue paper showed through for a light pink background. I then took three small stamps from two of Citrus Twist Grace Boxes and added to the back ground. After all the layers were dried, I mixed some white acrylic paint with water and A Muse shimmer spray and lightly covered both pages. I then allowed all those layers to dry over night. In the process of working on this, I heard the song Priceless by For King and Country. Although I had heard it before, something in it really hit me this time. I found the lyrics on line and decided to cover the background with them. I used a slightly darker shade of pink marker. After filling the page with the lyrics, I took the most important word… the thing I need to remember about myself, that despite the fact that I have shortcomings and faults, I am still PRICELESS in God’s eyes!
I was going to write the lyrics out here,
but they seemed to loose something in the transition.
Instead, here’s the link.
I hope you will take a listen!
After I had all the lyrics down,
and I put the biggest word on the page,
I had to add some white roses…
a little glitter,
and a few white highlights.
I hope you enjoy this and that you are inspired by the song to realize that you are worth so much more than your shortcomings, your faults… you are PRICELESS!