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18 August 2017

Calm


The second challenge for #ITAC2017 was to create a piece of artwork,
using whatever format or techniques we wanted,
taking inspiration from Asia
& to include one or more of the following;

mandala inspired motifs
geometric shapes
tiles
flowers from the region
calligraphy or handwriting
faded or dyed fabric
powered pigments

Throughout this tournament
I will be working in a small handmade paper book.


My thoughts went to calming mediation,
breathing in & breathing out,
to fresh air,
blue skies,
& delicate flowers.

So in this rather crazy, mad world of today,
join me & take a few moments of quiet contemplation,
to focus on what is important to you,
on the good, the brave & the beautiful.

My piece is entitled

Calm


I decided to create a small collage piece,
using images found in a magazine of
cherry blossom in Japan,
a fabric sample,
& tiles.


I also used handmade washi-style tape
& a small charm.

13 August 2017

Have a little Faith


The first challenge for #ITAC2017 was to create a piece of artwork,
using whatever format or techniques we wanted,
to include some of the following;

a face
papers 
letters &/or numbers
the colour blue
ribbon, twine, string or lace
textures 
something vintage & modern

Throughout this tournament
I will be working in a small handmade paper book.


With a theme of Europe, I began thinking about the decision
that the UK made to leave the European Union.

There has been much angst & worry about
what the future has in store for us as a country.

My piece is entitled

Have a little faith


I have used two different pieces of book text,
green abaca ribbon,
a piece of white cotton fabric,
two green buttons,
hand stitching with gold metallic thread,
a green skeleton leaf &
a copy of a vintage image from last week's newspaper.

There was no room to be blue!

09 August 2017

Be Ready for Anything

Another altered playing card for
#52CafeCards
which is the year long creative challenge
using prompts & inspiration from Marta Lapkowska.


I followed the mood board prompt for Week 30,
which Marta is tagging as #MaremiWhispersBoard


The quotation Marta included in her prompt,
which I think is by Iain S Thomas,
lead me to include a family photograph.

It shows my Grandmother with her parents,
my Great Grandparents,
who together, make up a small part of me.

Along with the treasured family photograph,
I used a neutral colour palette,
to create this simple paper collage,
together with a phrase I had cut from that week's newspaper.


07 August 2017

Summer Tournament

Something new for the summer.

Click on the image below to find out more.


There are some amazingly talented people taking part.

Are you going to take part too?

05 August 2017

The One Day Project: Stationery Chaffinch

Today I would like to share another page in my vintage collage journal.


The journal is made from altered 3½ inch square drinks coasters.


Just using scraps of paper & a gluestick.


Scissors & a sanding block.


Blending colours,
following the movement of the images
& enjoying the pure essence of creativity.



You can read the story behind this project here.

02 August 2017

Thrive

Another altered playing card for
#52CafeCards
which is the year long creative challenge
using prompts & inspiration from Marta Lapkowska.


The prompt for Week 29 was another mood board,
which Marta is tagging as #MaremiWhispersBoard


I took the idea of tiled squares,
soft florals &
a large neutral coloured circle.

For the focal point,
I added words cut from that week's newspaper.