Mixed Media Monday today and Beth invited us to make art using colours we don’t like very much! That’s such a challenge, isn’t it? I don’t use red and orange much, especially pinky-reds. I think they feel too ‘girly’ for this grunge-meister!!
So I altered another page in the Girls’ Annual… very personal, full of what I am calling “I-Flowers”. We have I-Tunes, I-Pods, etc., so why not I-Flowers?
So there you see … what you want to see really. I expect everyone who looks at this page will see something different. To explain what I saw whilst creating it is complicated, but here goes.
I want to start 2010 aware of all that I aspired to and indeed achieved, in 2009 (Past to Future); I’d like to think that I am leaving any wrong turnings behind me at the bottom of my “garden”; I’d like to think things will be different next year, with nothing hidden or neglected (that includes my family!); I’d like to believe I won’t stop being a free spirit, that I will make time to stop and smell the “roses” along the way and that laughter will lead me to a happier place.
That’s the basic idea behind the page. I used acrylic and watercolour washes, brush, sponge-brush and a palette knife to apply the paints. The roses are one of my handcarved foam stamps and the chequers represent a wall. The word life is also a foam stamp. I used words which stood out on one page of old text (and seemed appropriate) and outlined them with a charcoal pencil. Finally I used a black pen to add detailing and the bottom of a paintbrush and some silver paint for the finishing touch.