A Tree In the Midst: Mixed Media Art Journal

In The Midst

Despite how busy life has been as of late I continuously find joy in the midst of these busy times through God’s many blessings. I am reminded of how healthy our family is when I see so many friends around us fighting for their lives as they battle cancer. My sweet babies are growing like crazy which is both bittersweet and a blessing. My hubby has been in his new job for a few months and spends more time in travel and comes home later, frequently missing family dinner. But how thankful we are that he has a job. We have had our fair share of trials over the past few years but despite it all, God has been good to us. And in the midst of it all, he never left us alone to fend for ourselves.
So, when I see the tree in the middle of the circle, I am reminded that there is still life somewhere in the midst of chaos. Life that brings joy.

Creating The Journal Cover

The Process

The base of this journal was a comic book. I covered it with a brown paper grocery bag. I started to use a medallion stencil on the cover but last minute decided to scrape off the texture paste leaving only the outline of the medallion. I used two colors of Infusions on the background and stamped a Unity stamp that has been embossed in gold. The tree is a die-cut that has been painted.

I am so glad that my Colors of India journal is finally complete! Bellow are links to the inside  pages.

The Inside Pages:

Fresh Eyes are Needed
The Hand
Green and Yellow Paisley
I Am Unique
The Pensive Sarod Player
Thank you for stopping by,

Challenges Entered:

Wednesday Simon Says: Anything Goes

Monday Simon Says: In My Garden

The Artistic Stamper: Stencils & Masks

Mixed Media World: March Mixed Media Anything Goes

Mini Album Makers Challenge: March


25 thoughts on “A Tree In the Midst: Mixed Media Art Journal”

  • What a fabulous way to cover your India journal. The beauty of it is, this cover leads you into the journal itself, showing what is possible when you choose a single subject to work with. I am most impressed with your lovely layers, but even more so with your ability to create great art even in busy times.

  • Life does tend to be crazy at times doesn’t it? Thank God for his grace. And thanks for your encouragement. Love ya. 😁

  • Kate this is cool! It has an Asian feel with that tree, which makes it definitely Japanese. Nice use of an old comic book (hope it isn’t worth anything) and use of a grocery bag! Happy March and have a good weekend. Hugs-Erika

  • Not only your wonderful cover amazes me but your thoughts about life are remarkable and wonderful Kate! You are blessed as an artistic mother and woman!
    Take good care of you and your lovely family and have a happy weekend my friend!
    This cover is extraordinary BEAUTIFUL!
    oxo Susi

  • I enjoyed reading your thoughts and applaud you for sharing your faith and optimism! What an interesting creation – thank you for sharing it with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

  • Kate, How beautiful your words are about the tree in the center of life- make your cover even more fabulous! I love your layers and colors and just the way the cover has movement, like the branches in the wind.
    Well done on finishing yet,another journal!
    Jackie “)

  • Your journal cover is absolutely gorgeous, the richness of colour and the beautiful bare tree have a wonderful oriental feel – you made wonderful use of that comic book!
    Thanks so much for joining in with us at Mini Album Makers this month. Anne x

  • Such a pretty cover, love the gold embossing and the oriental tree is fabulous. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  • Well done on completing this journal! How lovely it will be to look back at your gorgeous India themed artwork in years to come! I love the way you’ve finished your cover. The colors, the texture and that amazing tree! Wow, what a treat for the eyes! Happy Sunday!

  • A beautiful story to accompany a gorgeous journal cover!!.. what’s not to love about this piece of art, absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for joining in the artistic stamper challenge.x

  • i´m in AWE with this cover, the tree is so Special and the texture is superb!
    and yes, we are blessed in so many ways, we always have a reason to be thankful!

  • Oh my gosh never would I have thought of using a paper bag on top of a comic book. So, so clever! And the use of the tree in the center of the medallion is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your talent on the Mini Album Makers Challenge blog.

  • Stunning journal cover Kate! I love how you used a paper bag over a comic book .. absolutely brilliant .. and it looks amazing! Stunning colour and texture and I adore the little tree in the middle. Life certainly can be hard and hectic and, as you say, that calm, composed little tree is a reminder that there is calm in the centre of the storm. Love, love, love this!! xx

  • So beautiful, Kate – the textures and colours on the cover are just amazing. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Mini Album Makers.
    Alison x

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