Yesterday, I gave myself permission to play with some new stencils and use the results in my art journal. I started out by testing on plain paper. I grabbed a leftover scrap piece of paper that had spray inks over a stencil. On top of this, I added acrylic paint with a sponge over the new August 'Stencil Club stencils' from StencilGirl designed by Terri Stegmiller. What fun! There was no pressure, I was just experimenting and seeing what would happen. 

I really like all of the flower shapes in the August Stencil Club-there is a lot of variety which makes it interesting to work with, yet related. You can see more details by clicking on any photo. At the end of my experimenting, I had 2 sheets of decorated, stenciled paper and I decided to add them to my art journal with YES glue

I did not start my spread of pages with this intention, but I felt so free working the way I did that I decided I had to use sumi ink and a brush to write "I am free to play". I've been following along with The Documented Life Project for the past 6 months or so and using the prompts given in my art journal. I have enjoyed participating in this very much, but recently found I was struggling with some of the prompts. I decided right then &  there it was time to give myself freedom to work in my journal any way I wished. I am happy with my epiphany! 

Thanks for stopping by! I love sharing my art & photos with you. I'd also like to share the quote below. I think I read it on my friend Gitama's photo journal. Perfect! 

When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson