"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." -Thomas Merton

Friday, December 27, 2013

Joy Canvas for the Berry71Bleu Joy December Challenge

While searching for some inspiration and a challenge to entice me to get back to creating, I found the "Joy" challenge hosted by Berry71Bleu.  The challenge is to write at least three sentences expressing what joyful thing you appreciate. Here's my take on the "Joy" challenge and it was such a delight to create with a 5 x 7 piece of canvas.

Here's a close up of some of my hand-made dimensional paint spread on top of a stencil.

The shabby chic chipboard snowflakes are from Blue Fern Studios.

Here are the "Joy" Challenge Rules:

Joy. What brings you Joy? What always puts a smile on your face? Joy can be interpreted in many ways. Think about what person, place, activity, pet, hobby or simple pleasure gives you joy. This can be anything--that first warm cup of morning coffee, reading your favorite book, your family, your dog cuddling up next to you! Think outside of the box.

The second part of this challenge is that you must include journaling. Your journaling must be at least 3 sentences or more. Jotting down places and dates do not count. Document your thoughts and explain why the subject you chose to scrap brings you joy.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop by Berry71 Bleu to see what other's have created to inspire us and maybe you'll be inspired to get back into creating too.


  1. wow what a fantastic canvas!! Absolutely love the blue color tones! And the text - lovely!
    whishing you a very Happy New Year!

  2. A stunning make, - the textures like always are amazing and I love the particular blue tone you created! It feels wintry with the snowflakes and everything and yet it has the warmth so fitting to the joy theme also, just beautiful!

  3. Wow this is so beautiful... I love what you did with the blue tones and the texture, it looks gorgeous.

  4. What a creative & beautiful canvas! Love the journaling & the color scheme you chose. The texture you gave the snowflakes is fabulous. Excellent take on the challenge. Thank you for sharing your talent with us at Berry71Bleu!

  5. Stunning Joyce! Love the pretty color palette and all the texture! Thanks for the inspiration! Happy New Year!

  6. Gorgeous canvas Joyce! Thanks for joining Berry71Bleu!!

  7. wow wow wow , these are amazing ... such a glorious energy to your work , striking with a capital S....sigh and drool . cant stop looking at these beautiful works of art, full of love and texture ... hope you enjoyed your xmas ... may 2014 bring you lots of joy, happiness and health ... big hugz and kisses to you x

  8. Wow Joyce! Stunning canvas! I love all the texture and the snowflakes. Thanks for joining the Berry71Bleu Challenge!

  9. Joyce! what a gorgeous work of art! Love the canvas and the rich textures and the simple joys of life..Thank you for joining our challenge at berry71bleu.

  10. Really stunning - the canvas is wonderful, and I love the words!
    Alison x