This is Karen, back with another month of Mixed Media with Karen. This month I wanted to do something slightly different. Two month or so ago, I'd had this talk where I was reminded about how everything doesn't matter the same amount. And how I have a tendency to blow some of the smaller things out of proportion when they don't go well. I wrote a blog post about it where I explained how it's good to imagine your life like a pie chart and see which things have the bigger pieces so you can always remember what matters most.
I decided I wanted to create a page that reminds me about this revelation and my recent art journal was the perfect forum for that. The first thing I needed was a circle so I went and grabbed a dish.
After I cut out my circle, I randomly created some pie pieces out of it, some small, some not so small. I then used those as a guide to cut slices out of the Kate&Co papers.
Then I grabbed the Oxford Lane - Polka page and glued my pieces on there (I cut off some of the edge, I like to do that.) and then stitched on the intersecting edges. One I had that, I wrote the name of each section with mini letters.
I then spent some time being stuck. There was this huge circle in the middle of my page and I had no idea where to go next. This happens to me often, I get stuck in some random section and feel like it was all a mistake and I have no idea how to move forward. So I walked away for a while. And then I had the idea to put my title along the edge of the circle in big, bold letters. So I did exactly that.
It says: The most important thing is to remember the most important thing.
Now that I had that, I was feeling better but I still felt like it was undone. I kept hearing a little voice that told me to journal on all the lines but I hate my handwriting and was sure it would ruin the page. After a few hours, I finally gave in to the voice and did it anyway.
I loved it. I loved having all my thoughts and having that texture in the background. The last step was to add my border and some other texture bits. So a bunch of color and I ended up here:
I love how it turned out and I loved knowing that I made it through to the end of this page even though it was challenging and I thought I was stuck. Most importantly, I love the reminder to remember what matters most.
Thank you for letting me share my page, if you decide to make a pie chart of your own, I'd love to see it so make sure to leave it in the comments. See you next month!