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Monday, February 1, 2016

I Desire Balance

It feels like it's been forever since I created a larger mixed media canvas, and now I remember why--this one took almost a week to create from start to finish. But I am very happy with it!
I created it as my DT inspiration for the Path of Positivity, whose theme this month is Desire. Now, an individual can feel Desire for more than something physical. I desire BALANCE in my life. 
I often feel like the amazing Elasto-Woman, stretched well beyond her abilities to juggle a job, a family, kids, spouse, creativity, household accounting, friends, co-workers...well, you get the drift. You probably feel the same way.
Always on the lookout for ways to improve my life, I have made it a tradition to "name" my New Years, and 2016 is the year of personal Balance. I will try to dance and try to remain still. I will work hard, and play with abandon. I will spend time with friends, and grab some "me" time. I will sing out loud, and remain silent. I will embrace all side of who I am.
My canvas showcases a digital image from Ike's Art called Robot 2. My materials of choice are tie-dyed napkins, tissue paper with words printed on it, a red paper doily heart and lots of homemade Mod Podge. Once I had my base, I added alcohol inks, acrylic paint and gold Pearl X pigment powder (with a little spritz of water).
Then I added the Copic-colored image, framed it, and sorted through my stash for all the eye candy you see above. I printed a couple lines from Pinterest using Photoshop and green textured digital paper from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles. 
How do you feel about DESIRE? Create a card, a layout, altered art, anything that features the theme of Desire, then link it up to the Path of Positivity challenge blog. I'd love to take a peek at your own desires.
This month, Ike's Art

 and Scribbles Designs
are the guest sponsors. Here are the fabulous prizes offered this month:
  • A $10 gift certificate from Scribbles Designs, one of our guest sponsors this month, for the post or project that the DT deems most inspiring of the bunch.
  • A $15 gift certificate from Ike's Art, one of our guest sponsors this month, for a person chosen in a random draw based on all entrants.
  • One digital image from Creative Bug Digital SnapShots for each person chosen as a DT Delight.
There will also be:
  • A small selection of digital designer papers from D├ęcosse's Dynamite Doodles for one lucky person who leaves a comment on posts published during the challenge time frame.
  • One digital sentiment for every single person who enters the challenge.
Hope to see you there!
Challenges I am Entering:
Not Just Cards - Always Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes w/optional twist: Use your Stash
Sisterhood of the Snarky Stampers - T is for Technique (take your pick: Mod Podge or Mixed media)
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Anything BUT a Card


~ginny said...

I love your explanation of your "embrace all sides of who I am" theme! I especially relate to "sing out loud and remain silent." No wonder it took you a week to finish this! Thank you so much for sharing your project and creativity at 613 Ave C!
~ginny, DT for 613 Ave C : [ ATG / Use STASH]
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ike said...

Oh WoW !!! This is amazing - I just love all the texture and imagery :-) I totally relate to you feeling like elasto-woman !!! I hope you can feel a little less streched this year. :-D

Thank you for using one of my images :-)

IKE xx

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Katrina Brown said...

Pat, I am loving this canvas and your writing about Desire! What a creative and empowering piece to remind you of your goals for the year. Thanks for sharing this!

Lori said...

Wow, this is an amazing canvas, Pat! Love how you've captured your goals :) Thanks for joining us at 4 Crafty Chicks this week xoxoxo

Donna said...

Gorgeous canvas, I love that it reflects your goals for the year to come! Thanks for joining the SISTERHOOD OF SNARKY STAMPERS for T is for Technique!!

Dotty Jo x said...

It may have taken ages but your canvas is fabulous and it was totally worth it! Jo x

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Gorgeous art work!

Lindsey said...

Wow this is cool! Absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for joining the fun at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers!

Lee aka Violent Kittie said...

Fantastic canvas! You put a lot of work into this. Being a fellow woman I understand how you feel! Thanks for playing along with the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers!