friends and hearts

{ art journal July 29-31 }
When I was looking for the photos I had saved of the pea-hen (think: female peacock) that my friend Frieda had taken, I came across a different photo Frieda had taken earlier this year that I loved. I asked her about this photo and she said, Sweetheart Abbey is about an hour or so away from us in the Dumfries & Galloway region of Scotland. It was actually erected by a widow for her sweetheart of a husband, whose heart is reputed to be buried there. It's one of our most beautiful abbeys in my opinion and it helped that the day I visited it last year was bathed in sunlight! Good for the pictures and also for looking around. I will no doubt go back there one of these days. 
Since I was printing the photos of the pea-hen for my last journal spread and transparency film is not cheap, I also added Frieda's photo of the Sweetheart windows when printing. This made it's way into my journal almost immediately and guided me in my creating. Before I adhered the transparency of the photo to the page (xyron) I stamped a favorite quote about friendship. This was one of my LennaLines rubber stamps! (2000-2003)

Underneath the Sweetheart windows I placed a heart shaped leaf I found recently.
Frieda and I are both romantic souls and have uploaded heart shaped leaves before.
No, we did not plan that. Neither did I plan the leaf below -it was on my table!

I used gel medium to adhere and protect it.

Time to splatter and splash! 

I used sequin waste as a stencil and sprayed Adirondack Color wash on.

Added, papers, journaling . . . I am very lucky to have friends

I will add some more steps to my july art journal folder in my flicker account tomorrow! -Done!
If you would prefer a slideshow with larger images, try this link.

If you are thinking of diving into this project please go read Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's post for the August sign-up. It is really well-written. I cannot even express how fabulous this project has been for me. Go read what she says about it, so very encouraging!