Do I have hope?

Remember this picture from my former post?
This is a detail from my art journal page that I finished last weekend…

I made this page for prompt two of A Year in the Life of an Art Journal.

This prompt came from Guest Host Glenda and she gave us the word
“Hope” to work with. *sigh* I don’t have much with that word (or it’s
meaning) and I put this prompt aside for a while.
As the week moved on, I thought about it from time to time, turning the
word over and over in my head and asking myself “do I have hope?”
And than I came across song lyrics from a band I love: The Dixie Chicks.

And that was it. Yes, I do have hope in my life!
I even made it my word for this year: “Smile!”
The blockade dissolved and I created this page.

I used acrylic paint and black, white and colour markers for the
mosaic border. The sitting lady is made by using a photo as "basic"
and add patterned paper over her dress and jacket.
I painted the head myself with watercolour paint.

It’s the first time I try something like this, using a painted head I mean, and
it’s not perfect but I like it. It needs some more practice I guess, but adding
drawn faces to photos is definitely something I’d like to use more.
I’m much into collage these days!

Another detail

Another detail

It’s a cold and grey day in the Netherlands, but compared to all you American
friends having snow blizzards and all, I won’t complain. My door still opens and
electricity works… I hope you all stay save and warm out there and I wish you
a wonderful week! See you on Friday!

Je t’embrasse!

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18 Responses to “Do I have hope?”

  • Petra Coolen Says:

    Wow Marit!
    This is a fantastic collega.

  • AngΓ¨le Says:

    Wow Marit! Het spettert van je lo af! De prachtige rand, fantastische kleuren, je journaling en het woorden-tapijt van de stijlvol geklede dame! Wow!

  • Maja Says:

    Geweldig Marit.De border van mozaiek is prachtig, vond het sneakje al zo mooi. Daar ben je vast wel een tijdje mee bezig geweest. En dat jasje… Super.

  • jessica Says:

    Beautiful, creative…i love this pg.! I love the painted head..I think it is marvelous and such a great idea. The lettering you did came out perfect!..whenever I see your pgs. I just want to dig out all of my stuff and create! Very inpsirational piece with a great message in the journaling!

  • Jeanet Says:

    Prachtig Marit.. in een woord fantastisch!! Dat mozaiek is zo mooi en de tekst… wow! Al die “I hopes” aan de onderkant en je tekening.. wow!!
    The Dixie Chicks zijn inderdaad heel gaaf!!

  • Mirjamc Says:

    WOW dit is gaaf!!!! de kleuren, de journaling en natuurlijk de mozaiek…. echt prachtig!!!
    (vanmiddag ben ik bezig geweest met ‘kliederen’ en het was echt kliederen, hahaha…mijn vingers ze zien er niet uit… tissuepapier bleef steeds aan mijn vingers en sponsje plakken, ben benieuwd hoe het eruit ziet als het droog is)

  • Peggy Schenkels Says:

    Wat een inspirerende AJ page weeral … ik ben nu echt aan het balen dat ik niet verder kan doen aan mijn werkjes … helaas, nu even een sigaretje na het eten, dan afwassen, en dan ga ik mij maar weer aan mijn strijk zetten. Jaja, ik ben er eindelijk aan begonnen hihi. En ik heb zo’n zin om verder te doen aan mijn opdrachten, ik vind het echt zooooo plezant! Hopelijk morgen … Nu weer even naar jouw pagina … er is niets aan wat ik niet mooi vind, alles afzonderlijk is briljant, en het geheel is fantastisch!
    xxx Peggy

  • Viv Says:

    Wat een gave pagina, Marit…helemaal geweldig!!
    Alles klopt gewoon aan deze pagina!

  • ~*~Patty Says:

    WOW Marit ~ you took off with this prompt!
    Really fabulous and so inspiring my friend!

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  • merryheart2 Says:

    i like the mosaic on the edges, but most of all i like that she is resting on hope!
    very nice.

  • Yyam Says:

    Marit, I love this! Really love the way you did the journaling! πŸ™‚

  • Broer Says:

    tja, wat zal ik zeggen…… do you have hope………… Ik denk het wel, denk dat je je “ding” gevonden hebt, dus je bent door de fase van hope heen, nu de volgende stap!! Hou van je, kussss

  • Annemarie Says:

    Today we are expecting (a form of hope I suppose) a wintery mix. The only reason we would want such weather is to stay out of school, but I want clear weather as my mother will be driving me to an appointment tomorrow and she hates bad weather.

    I love the mosaic. Today I just noticed all of the little hopes on the floor. quite unexpected.

  • dani Says:

    It’s so beautiful! I love the word hope, probably my very favorite word if there is such a thing! πŸ™‚

  • Michelle Rydell Says:

    I adore this Marit! Your painted lady is fabulous, and the colors and that mosaic border – all BEAUTIFUL!!!

  • Glenda Tkalac Says:

    yay Marit, you found hope!! I love this page and love even more that you were able to find hope!!