Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.
Friday, March 15, 2013
Five Days of Seeking Direction Through Art Journaling
Monday I was reading and enjoying a recent Somerset Studio publication (The Art of Paper and Mixed Media), which is full of inspiring photos and articles. So, that evening I pulled out a few supplies and started playing around with creating an art journal page. I used some spray mist over an alphabet template, then colored in the background with colored pencils.
And since I had already been contemplating ways to use some of my old book pages, I ripped a page out of one of the books and cut out a dress. With the addition of some patterned paper scraps, that dress led to the creation of a girl (who you'll see turned up in all my pages this week).
Each day I played around with a few different supplies. Tuesday I tried some stamps, more patterned paper scraps, and markers.
Wednesday evening I was anticipating an outing the next day with a friend - a photography date at the Arboretum to enjoy the Dallas Blooms (photos coming soon!). So, of course, I had to use that great camera stamp I got last year and a couple of flower stamps.
After a day of sunshine, blossoms, photography, and friendship, I started my page Thursday evening by using a die cut and mist in the corners (then adhered the die cut piece in one corner).
And finally today I pulled out my Crazy Crayon Disks to create a bright background as the starting point for this page where I'm wondering what's next.
I've had fun pulling out some seldom used supplies this week as I've contemplated where I'm headed with my scrapbooking and blogging and writing and speaking and teaching and just life in general. I do believe this form of journaling could be addictive!