Alas, Rosie has a nasty virus and will not be posting any time soon. Sincere apologies to all my readers. Normal service will be resumed eventually ...
Sunday, 14 January 2018
So I prepped a page with gesso followed by lilac acrylic, which I then rubbed off here and there with a wet wipe. Easiest way I know to start a page and get rid of the glaring intimidating white expanse!
Sunday, 31 December 2017
I didn't set out to make a New Year page, it just sort of happened because this is always a reflective look forward/look back period for me. It felt good and right to conclude that in all of the many ups and downs the past year has brought, there was so much that was good, lovely and true.
The page began with a soft blue acrylic paint, which I then dabbed off with a baby wipe. In reflective, nostalgic mood it was possibly inevitable that I went for a soft sepia vintage look in my collage materials. I used to love making collages with this old fashioned, timeworn look, but don't do so very often these days.
I left it like this for a while but in the end the blue was really irritating me, so out with the marker pens and I toned it all down. The result isn't perfect but its better I think?
Once again, I share with you my own hopes for a new year - which are for more light, less pain and a great deal of love, which really is all any of us can ask for or need.God Bless
Tuesday, 19 December 2017
Having carved out the space and time I sat down and painted my favourite colour combination on the page, not knowing where it would go.
As you can see I do very simple lettering, and then later go back and embellish it.
Tuesday, 5 December 2017
The first thing was to paint the page below my favourite intense lime green and then started to add grey/neutral pieces of collage from my stash. I harvest material from catalogues, magazines and wherever I can find it, but much prefer dull finish paper. The shiny stuff is a bit flimsy when using wet glue and then difficult to photograph without reflections. One way around this, when I find something lovely but shiny, is to paste it to a sheet of paper and then copy it - which gives me the option of black and white, a matte image, and one that I can reproduce. I make a lot of collage sheets this way, but be warned that you need to think about copyright issues if you plan to do the same.
This kind of physical exhaustion is something that goes with both of the auto-immune diseases which affect me, and is the cause of the greatest limitation on my daily life. I don't have the energy that most people take for granted, so can only give what there is to a few. These days just going down into the village for a cup of coffee with a friend is an exciting outing, but it teaches me to enjoy the small and simple pleasures life offers in a big way ...
Sunday, 26 November 2017
As ever, just an easy yellow painted background and then my (lazy) technique of doing a collaged border around the page. This is what I do when I can't think of anything else, or don't have the energy.
This becomes so ingrained that even now I'm retired its still hard to stand my ground, and say NO, or I can't go along with that. I am working on it but .... well its a work in progress, and so am I.
Saturday, 18 November 2017
Saturday, 11 November 2017
I often say that my backgrounds are just simple, and here is a picture to prove this - just a scribbly mess of two shades of blue acrylic paint.
Tuesday, 31 October 2017
I do try to do what I can, however little that is, and I began to see that that is enough, and not to feel guilty because I cannot do more. The realities of my life mean that it will have to be enough, but nonetheless it helped me remember that what I can give - which is time and a listening ear - is of real value.
The background is yellow but looks greeny in some lights ... and as you can see below the light was very different when I began work to when I was finishing the page. The grey collage I laid on top of the paint looks blue below, but that was in artificial light.
The words below are simply making a record of what I'd learned through this particular encounter - that doing what you can is actually enough. Very often I forget that.
PS Lest I sound pious and self-satisfied ... you only have to look at my other pages to know how often I kick against my limitations, and hate the days when pain makes me cranky and horrible. Peace is hard to come by and all the more valuable because of that.
Sunday, 22 October 2017
Below the background I made with Neocolour II crayons in yellows and blues, onto which I've begun to collage various shapes. This is my go-to technique when I don't have any brighter ideas.
Trying out a new diet at the moment - well a complete change of my eating habits really - in the hopes that it might bring some improvement. There seems to be strong (proper medical) evidence that it can, so I can only hope it works for me. Nothing lost by trying ... except that, as predicted, you feel rotten for the first week or two. Yep. It must be working!!