Flowers are pretty and they smell heavenly, but I have a black thumb and have a hard time keeping them alive. As a kid my Dad used to have me pull the weeds that grew up in the cracks of his driveway. I never understood how they would repeatedly come back with no water, constantly getting run over by cars and not to mention the pavement that was on them.
As I grew older I started to respect the weeds more so than the flowers. Flowers are fragile and sensitive. Weeds are stubborn and persistent. If a rose does not bloom it requires a change of environment. Weeds just grow. Pull them out by their roots and burn them. Chances are they are going to grow back. I want to be a weed!
Be A Weed — Not A Flower
In a field of flowers I want to be the weed that blooms where ever it pleases regardless of the conditions. I had to document it in my art journal and reflect on it when life gets tough — and life always will have hard times.
For the sentiment, I wrote it on a piece of Tissue Paper. I did a white wash with Gesso and water in the spot the sentiment would go. Once it dried, I used Collage medium to adhere it. By doing so it allowed the background to pop through and blending in nicely.
First, I used a transfer on the top and stamped the flowers starting from one corner up to the next.
The green stamped image is actually a flower center as well as the pink faces.
To set the ink a hot ironed is pressed on to each image. The setting process takes about 20 minutes. This apron is for crafting and will only get better with age. All the mists and paint drops that are going to make their way onto it will be lovely!
I am a big advocate for making life happen and not just letting it happen to you. My childhood and especially my adolescence was rough. I would think about other places I wanted to be. Things I wanted my future to look like I would ponder. I also had a learning disability and school was tough. Between the drama at home and having to start working at the age of 12 my GPA was a 1.5. In my junior year of high school I came to the conclusion that if I did not get out of the area I would end up at rock bottom.
I started prioritizing school and quickly jumped to a 3.5 GPA. Sadly, I had screwed up so bad the first two years of high school that no college or university would admit me. Plus, I could not afford the application fee to apply to multiple colleges. In my senior year of high school my German teacher encouraged me to be an exchange student. She said she could work it out so I could go over on the high school program. The cost was $5K and I worked really hard to earn every dime of it! I boarded the plane barely 18 with less than $200 to my name and 1 suitcase to live in a foreign country for a year.
I have been asked over the years if I was scared. Not really. I had no where else to go. Anything was better than where I was and if I did happen to get worse off, it was just on me and would affect no one else. I knew sitting on my hands waiting for something to happen was just a pipe dream. I had to work my dream!
It took me a little longer to get through college, but I did get through it. First I went to a university and earned my BS and later pursued my M Ed. Though my background was tough I used it to make a better life. I worked my dream to make it a reality.
You can too! No matter where you are or what you are doing YOU have the power to change your life. Now, I can’t take all the credit. The one thing my parents did do right is made sure I was in church every week and though the church slapped a scarlet letter on me because of where I came from God did use it to draw me to Him. He protected and helped me in this time. He gave me opportunities to pursue, but I had to do some work too!
I created this piece as a reminder to always pursue the life I want. Here is a video of how I created the background with the new Mod Podge Ultra as a pouring medium: