Saturday, 29 January 2011

SEEDS OF CHANGE ...

You know, I didn't think of myself as an inflexible person, or particularly set in my ways (although my daughters will tell you that I absolutely HAVE to sit in 'my' chair in the living room, and get quite uncomfortable if I can't)!! On the other hand, our forthcoming move has jolted me in all sorts of unexpected ways, leaving me with mixed feelings about what is, on the whole, a really positive relocation back north for us as a family. Obviously, these feelings are finding their way into my journalling, as I try to figure out where this sense of resistance is coming from.

This page started with a wash of dilute acrylic paint, after which I squirted some inky sprays at the page. I discovered quite by accident that this works best if you let the page background dry first - why did nobody mention that? Anyway, I really like the effects that this gives. Then I laid down my title and my first few thoughts on the subject. I can't remember why I felt moved to add some blotches of greenish paint, I just sort of did ...
I got a bit stuck once I'd finished the writing; I knew it needed something but couldn't figure out what. For once I didn't want to do lots more journalling and fill up every corner! Somehow this was all I wanted/needed to say. Anyhow, there I was searching through my stamp catalogue - which sounds rather grand but is only a ring binder with a sample of each of my stamps - when I came across these seed head stamps, and in a flash of light I saw that they were exactly what would complete the page .
This was relatively quick and easy to put together - I did it all in one afternoon - and yet I'm really pleased with it because it captures exactly the feelings I needed to set down. Reflecting on it now, I'm reminded of that old saying "do not adjust your set, there is a fault in reality"! The problem seems to be that I need to adjust my attitudes and really get my head around living a new life in a new place. Wish me luck with that ....

8 comments:

Carola Bartz said...

This page is so beautiful.

Diane said...

Wonderful when a page comes together like this--You just listened to your thoughts, and that's all you needed--perfect!

Sandra Hall said...

Hiya Rosie, your page is wonderful - and you are so right - that stamp is a perfect fit. I was thinking of you today and wondering how the move was going... its a big change and even though you know it's the right thing for you, there's still lots of emotional stuff to deal with. Sending a hug and prayers your way x

Judie aka Craftymess said...

such a gorjuss piece hun, love the photos from start to finish, ace work

hugs
judie xx

Twiglet said...

That's really lovely Rosie - you have such an eye for a great page!

Ophelia said...

Gorgeous!!!

Linda said...

What a great stamp! I love the shape of cow parsley seed-heads; perfect on that page.

Gez said...

Absolutely gorgeous page.. it reminds me of a saying I keep telling myself which is.. I am right where I should be even if it doesn't feel like it! I love your page..it's my first time visit to your blog. You have many wonderful creations. Lovely to see how your pages come together. Happy crafting. Gez.xx