Good Morning Creatives!

Keri Sallee here for another installment of your Faithful Sunday: Faith Impressions Outside the Bible.

If you are like me, I am always playing my Faith Impressions plates, testing out new techniques and products. Since I am “testing” things, I don’t usually “play” in my bible, but rather use plain copy paper. This leaves me with TONS of beautiful, random prints that I just can’t part with because they are so fun!!

TIP: Whenever I am creatively blocked, I’ll take out my large format Gel Press plate and just play. No rules. No plans. Just playing with different textures and colors and techniques. Doing this allows me to have a sense of creativity without feeling like I have to “product” a finished project.

Today, I want to show you a few ways that you can use those “play” prints.

Faith Impressions Art Journal

After searching through my stash, I found these couple of sheets of prints that I have been hoarding for a while.

I kind of had an idea of what I wanted to do in my art journal and I knew I wanted to accent the scalloped edges by cutting them out. (I am using Dyan Reavely’s Dylusions small journal for this project.)

Look at that beautiful little pile of prints! Now I needed to decide how to lay them out. I chose to use Rebecca Meier’s Mixed Media Medium from ThermoWeb to adhere my strips down, but feel free to use your favorite!

Time to play! I cut a few into smaller strips and just played around with the overall layout until I was happy. When I was happy, I adhered them all down, but I still felt like something was missing.

I had a “zig zag” image leftover over, so I decided to cut that out as well and use it to “top” my layout.

My page DEFINETLY needed some definition! Using a Faber-Castell PITT Artist pen with a brush tip, I outlined around my prints to make them POP.

TIP: While the ink is still dry (which isn’t long…so work fast!) use your finger to smudge the ink. This will give you both a sharp definition as well as a soft shadow.

Let’s take a look at the finished project again:

Other Options for Random Prints

Need more inspiration?

How about digging out one of your old punches and using your prints in your cardmaking and scrapbooking?

Here are a couple of examples:

Cardmaking your favorite creative outlet?

Use your prints as backgrounds for a beautiful and quick card.

Closing Thoughts

Recently I was listening to a podcast from an ultra runner named Jessica Croisant and she was talking about her struggle in the middle of a 100 mile race (yes…those exist and people are crazy enough to run them! LOL) She was hurting and tired and most likely dehydrated and under-nourished and she just wanted to quit.

BUT…she didn’t.

Instead she told herself to “struggle forward.” She accepted that she was in a season of struggle and that she had 2 choices: (1) give up or (2) continue to move forward, no matter how slow, how difficult or how painful it was.

That is what I want to leave with you today.

No matter what you are going through…keep moving forward. Don’t believe the lie that forward progress only happens in giant steps or leaps.

Sometimes forward is a slow, painful shuffle and that is OK.

It is still forward progress and that is all that matters.

I believe in this idea so much that when I was in Las Vegas recently I had it tattooed on my inner arm….my constant reminder that forward is forward, no matter how slow.

Until next time friends.

XOXO,

Keri Sallee

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