Thursday, March 17, 2016

Positive Thinking Power

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My grandfather had a saying which he loved to repeat while enjoying his morning bacon and coffee and that is "Every age has its compensations." It was an expression that I heard and dismissed as I longed for each milestone as I grew up... old enough to drive, old enough to drink (legally), etc... and then started dreading new ones....turning 30...turning 40... but now that I am 47 I don't really think about milestone birthdays anymore... I don't think about how in a few years I will be 50. I am learning to stay in the present moment.



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For this art journal page, I started with the affirmation, "I am the perfect age."
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On top of that I layered the number 47. 

For this spread, I chose to use tone on tone colors. 
The next time I do this technique, 
I think I will try contrasting colors.

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Then, I added the affirmation, "Each joy has its own special joys + experiences."

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Here is the final version of the affirmation. 

Layering one affirmation over another is a technique I use a lot. Have you ever tried it?
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1. Art by Sandy Newkirk: notice the way the washi tape radiates outward like rays of a sun
2. Art by Mary Jo Ferrara Piwetz: The affirmation pops against the layered background.
3. Art by Cindy Kuo: Love the way there is one saying layered over another which gives the page visual interest and depth
4. Art by Debby Burow: A beautiful joyous page full of whimsy

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Hello! I'm Miriam Schulman and I create mixed media art to tell stories. I also teach other people how to craft their stories with art. I give them the techniques they need to get the results they desire which brings more joy to their lives.

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