|Sampling of Love Inspired ATCs featured in this post.|
Another love ritual, as my children depart my home for thiers: I kiss and hug them, say "I love you" and "Drive Safely". This is my blessing upon them, and prayers for God's protection on their journey.
|I Adore my Husband|
This little card is a hand-drawn heart done on an acrylic background. I stamped the medalion-like message "Adore" on top of the dried paint, using black pigment ink. I wanted to make the word stand out as a focal so I stamped it again on white paper, cut out the word, inked the edges and glued it on top of the original image.
How does art fit into these love rituals? I try to incorporate love into every thing I make. Whether it be a journal cover, scrapbook page or ATC, a little bit of my heart goes into each item. The photos in this post are some non-traditional Valentine ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) that I created this past week. I used an old pack of playing cards, painting each with Gesso to cover the faces, and adding acrylic paints. They are my ode to art journaling, and tell a story about my love for my family.
|A Non-Traditional Valentines Message|
I used a stencil to create the butterfly on top of an acrylic background. Then just lots of layering and experimenting with brush strokes, in gesso and acrylic paint, until I was happy with the results. I think I painted over the butterfly two or three times with white gesso, because I didn't like the outcome. Never one to trash a project, I just keep re-doing it until I like it.
The dots are acrylic paint applied using a strip of sequin waste as a stencil.
Again, hand-drawn heart on acrylic background, layering acrylics until I acheived the look I desired. The four little orange hearts are created using a heart-shaped paper punch, punched repeatedly on a scrap card, and stenciled using acrylic paint. I wrote the word "Love" using black acrylic paint and brush.
This represents a love ritual of mine: I like to represent my loved ones in my art, and those four hearts are my husband and children.
|Blue Bird of Happiness|
The bird in this card is acrylic paint applied through a stencil, then layered with a brush. The background is white gesso, covered with Tim Holtz Distress Ink, using a sponge. I applied the dots using acrylic paint on a sponge through sequin waste ribbon.
|This says it all...|
Hopelessly Devoted to you... Acrylics, overstamped with script image and three flowers. This card incorporates another of my art rituals: an image repeated three times, to represent my three children. This is also visually fulfilling, as the human mind responds well to representations of three. My children are so well acquainted with this ritual of mine, that if I don't include a "three-peat" in my art, they comment on its absence. I love them!
As I thought about what words I wanted to use in this card, that song from the play/movie "Grease" kept repeating in my head.
What's the secret to this heart still being on fire after many years of marriage? Don't let your love rituals become stale. Every time you say "I love you", really mean it. My heart still clenches and my pulse skips a beat every time he says those words.
I broke out my felt-tip calligraphy pens for the doodling on this one. I wanted to set the word "you" apart from the rest, so I doodled round that one, too.
|One word... Love|
Love doesn't have to be perfect, and can be composed of many layers - just like this card. If you look closely, you can see images beneath the word, where this card started out as something else entirely. As with this card, trials cannot be erased or blotted out. However, they can be used as a base for a re-building of love and affection, a forever rememberance to the testament that is the many layers of love.