11/7/10

Journeying


through damask as challenged by the Moxie Fab World "Diggin' on Damask". Did you know that damask has been around since the early middle ages. It is typically composed of only two colors and can be used on the reverse side. There are so many beautiful patterns, large and small.

I chose a large pattern (My Mind's Eye Lost & Found) to stamp the Stampotique background stamp, Spiritual Journey. The lovely small, red damask is from the Basic Grey Michael's only 'Mistletoe and Pear' 2008 (see, I confessed last post that I hoard paper!!!). I used it in half the paper doll (Limited Edition) also. The other half is the sky paper from Basic Grey's 'Mellow'.
The paper doll was put together with eyelets. I've found using them allows for lots of movement of the arms and legs. The "LOVE" necklace was constructed from a K & Co. Cut N Paste Bauble which I put on top of a Tim Holtz fragment. The chain was recycled from something my boy gave me to put in my stash bin. It came in handy today.

A bit more about the sentiment, it captured my imagination the moment I read the words.

We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.

Life here is limited, we are finite creatures and yet, I know in my heart, I was created to be so much more. My whole being yearns for the quest. Several of the design elements speak to my questions. I distressed the edges of the sentiment as a reminder of how journeying can wear on one's good nature. The half of the doll that is damask, meshes into the background damask, like how sometimes I feel just a part of a greater whole. That translucent golden ribbon reminding me of the need to be transparent, to relate to those people who come into my life. And perhaps most importantly, the half of the doll that is the cloud/sky paper. That I am a spiritual being trying to live 'fitted' into this world. With love, I can continue on my way.

If you've read all my musings today, I thank you. I would welcome your thoughts on the theme.

Blessings,
Susan

12 comments:

Cook22 said...

As always you provide something challenging and thought-provoking. Amen to the sentiment and the sky paper to remind you of it - and to the distressing along the way!!
I always used to set eyelets too hard for movement till I got the CAD - much more control. Damask makes me think of all my old damask linen napkins and a couple of tablecloths that came down the family. The big tablecloth takes forever to iron and only comes out for special people, but I love to use the napkins. As they're a mixed bag, there are several different patterns to make the ironing go faster.

Shar said...

Great card! Love how you put it together!

Emily Keaton said...

How wonderful!! I love the damask--and how you used it for half the doll. Truly lovely :)

Joanne (jojot) said...

how cool is this...and love the bkgd info on damask....fabulous

Lisa said...

Beautiful card; I especially love your meaning behind all the elements!

Dawn B. said...

What a beautiful write up.. I love the different elements that you gather up and start creating.. This is wonderful...

~amy~ said...

Susan, such a though provoking take on the MFW Damask challenge...gorgeous design...

Stella said...

This is not just a take on a challenge; this is ART. Gorgeous!

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

Ooooooh, Susan! LOVE how you worked the Damask on this fab card! Your style always makes me smile!
Thanks for the lovely comments on my Tuesday Trigger card! :)

Cath said...

Hey Susan! Thanks for linking up to the Diggin' on Damask challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you came along for the ride! :)

Joan Ervin said...

What a beautiful take on the damask challenge....I love the damask paper you used and the meaning behind all your elements!!!

Julia Aston said...

Thank you for the musings today Susan - Love to see inside and catch a glimpse of where the creativity came from!