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An Art Journal page and winners of September Take the Challenge

Hi blog friends, Mou here with today's post and it's an art journal page!

As my oldest is getting closer to turning into a teenager, I hear about a lot of peer pressure for conformity, generic expectations and stress over acceptance vs. being true to yourself. From her choices of clothing to friends, after-school activities, choice of music and the list goes on while she weighs her options and balances authenticity with social acceptance. We have all been there and we know that at times it's hard to say 'no' to popular choices in favor of what we know to be right for us in the long run. It's the dilemma of fitting in and standing out. As she enters this realm of choices that she has to be responsible for, I try to encourage and remind her that it's important to remain true to herself and that these choices might alienate some people but not those who are truly meant to be her friends, I also try to validate that it is easier said than done and the pressure is real but it get easier as she grows older, wiser and more confident of her choices. From all those conversations with her, sprung this art journal page.

It is somewhat symbolic to me. The little triangles are like little obstacles that surround all of us. But they are not so big that we can't overcome or work around them. To translate that feeling into tangible texture, I applied Whipped Spackle through a triangle stencil. I used a heat tool to dry the texture medium and to introduce a few bubbles into it to create a bumpy texture.

From another perspective, the triangles are arrows pointing a certain way to look forward to. They are also like stepping stones guiding the way once you can rise above the small stuff and take a look at the bigger picture! The colors all around are using Gelatos colors.

Then there's the quote that says it all! I handlettered it with Stamper's Big Brush pen BLACK to make it stand out on a busy background.

Supplies used:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents and Tools:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos®: Gelatos Designer Colors - 50's Diner 

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush Pen BLACK

Others: Art journal, heat tool

And now, the winners of September 2015 Take the Challenge with Mou...

1. Paper Therapy Ponderings  said...

here is the link to my project  http://papertherapyponderings.blogspot.com/2015/09/apple-for-teacher.html
Barb Housner

6:36 AM

[Barb Housener posts her links and comments on my personal blog as she can't post on Typepad due to technical issues]

2. So glad that I can start joining in the fun again.  Here's my work : http://vanessamenguitagutierrez.blogspot.com.au/2015/09/live-love-create.html  Thank you for looking!

Posted by: Vanessa | 09/09/2015 at 06:10 AM

Congrats Barb and Vanessa!  And thanks everyone who joined in this month :)

Winners, please get in touch with Naoko for your prizes. Email her [naoko@fabercastell.com] with September 2015 Take the Challenge winners on the subject line.

Will see you all next month with another creative challenge :)


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I can relate to this Mou.. my daughter is of similar age and I see similar kinda situations, you have presented that in a beautiful way on your journal page.Love it!
Congratulations to all winners, enjoy!!

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