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BAJ, Some Strong Messages, and Few Cards

We are moving fast to the BIG holidays in the U.S. - Turkey Day and Christmas.  This year the holidays will be very different!  I am interested to see what happens.  I am doing a lot of Zoom and MS Teams meetings in my craft room/at home office so I think I am going to get a tall skinny tree to go behind me so things will look more festive.  Thanksgiving is going to be very interesting as I am doing Whole30...the turkey will be a go, but I am going to have to bring two stuffing dishes:  Sweet Potato Sausage Stuffing and my Mom's old recipe for everyone else. I can see the looks on my family's faces when they come up on the sweet potato stuffing!  There are three semi-ealthy eaters that may venture out and try it, but the rest will turn up their noses and say "there she goes making some weird stuff again."  I always slip a bunch of cooked yellow squash in my normal stuffing and they never know it. Tee Hee!  I am still losing weight a little at a time - down 18.5 pounds since the end of September so I am sticking with it. 

Today I have some BAJ pages to share.  

Following along with Wendy's  **ART*JOURNAL*JOURNEY* prompt, I did another page with birds.

This is Psalms 106 which I have avoided for some reason, but it finally spoke to me this week.  The background was my attempt to do faux marbling since it is hard to dip a large bible page into a marbling mixture.  I did it by mixing some inky water on aluminum foil and plopping it on my page.  The page was coated with Gesso first and then another layer.  I did one final layer of gesso after my watercolor birds and words were written and it blurred some of my letters.  I  still like it.  I put some stickles rays coming from the word Power - you can barely see them in the picture.  I added a sticky note for the verse that talks about God taking note of our pleas.  

My next page is John 4, the story of the Samaritan Woman at the well.  Such a lovely story where Jesus shows us we can all be forgiven and all be used to spread His message.  I love the analogy of Him being living water and I had a water bottle on my table so I just sketched it out and added a little Shadow of him in he bottle.  I showed it to a friend who was studying this passage with me and she said she loved the lady in the bottle - my sketching needs some work!!!  LOL

I did this next page a while back for the Stitch in Time Art Journal Journey prompt, but I hesitated posting it because I don't want to offend anyone who wouldn't like me putting Hitler in this sinking pit.   I accept that everyone has different political views and that we won't all agree on things, but this is how I see this particular person from history.  I also try to stay away from judging the heart of others.  He may have had a heart change at the very end and he may be going to a good place - we won't know until the end.  The fact is that millions died under his direction so the odds are not in his favor....

Did a card this morning really quick adding in a scene I watercolored a month or so ago.  This is going off to a man who is battling cancer but things are looking a bit better for him.  The challenge was to show a scene out a window as this man loves the outdoors.  The papers are Stamperia.  It has a lot of gold paint on it too, but none of it showed up in my picture for some reason.  Too early in the morning most likely. 

And I did a Christmas card this weekend using my last of the inky paper towel background my 5 year old Grandson, Lewis, made me.  I am sad it is all gone.  I so need to get him to make me some more.  I watercolored the tree and then flecked SnowTex all over the card.  The tree and greeting are new from DRS Designs.

I know this  post has a few strong messages in it.  I am aware that others have different views on religion, history, politics, holidays, etc. I am cool with that, and I am not expecting everyone to agree with me.  I am just trying to sharing my art journal and card journey with others who are interested and my personal views show up in my art as they do with others.  


  1. First of all I have to save a huge congrats on the weight loss. That is exciting. I need to lose around 30 pounds and it is really really hard, so kudos to you. And I am loving all the art today. The Hitler image caught my eye and I had to read the page. Not that I thought you were a Neo-Nazi at all. Smile. All your art is wonderful and I am so glad you shared it with us at Art Journal Journey. Stay well. Hugs-Erika

  2. Well done on your weight loss, that's great 👍👍👍! I love your Bible journaling pages, and I can't see anything there to offend anyone. The holidays will be different for most people this year. I don't celebrate anything as I am always alone, but I am sure the family will enjoy your cooking. Take care, hugs, Valerie

  3. Congrats on the weight loss, keep at it and you will get to your goal XX
    Great BJ pages and Christmas cards :)

  4. A fabulous page for my bird theme, thank you. I would like your stuffing, I too do weird things with my cooking, and everyone is still alive and with no grumbles.

  5. You deserve a huge pat on the back for your weight loss. I love the journal page you created for Wendy's theme at Art Journal Journey, and I can't believe ANYONE would disagree about Hitler being the bad guy.

    Your cards are lovely. I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving and no one turns their noses up to what sounds like some wonderful stuffing.

    1. Fabulous pages Nancy, super marbling on the first one. Great cards, I especially like the first one, a wonderful Autumn scene through the window.
      Congratulations on the weight loss, I've lost 17 pounds in the last couple of months, it doesn't get any easier does it! Slow but sure is the best way though - at least that's what I'm told. It sounds like you are going to busy at Thanksgiving, make sure you still manage to enjoy yourself.
      Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

  6. I love all of your pages, of course the one with the birds is my favourite and I'm so pleased you shared it at Art Journal Journey. You really inspire me with your Bible Journal Pages. I love the Christmas card and the card with the scene on is such a thoughtful card to give to your friend. Well done for the weight loss - I seem to have come to a (hopefully temporary ) halt in my weight loss! Take care, Chrisx

  7. A fabulous pages, i love it!
    Take care, hug Elke

  8. Fabulous pages and wow, your cards are stunning! Love the autumnal leaves through the window and the flecks of Snowtex looks so amazing with the pretty Christmas tree - perfect 😀. Happy and creative wishes! Hugs, Jo x


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