Saturday, 20 August 2011

FRIEND WANTED!

I must have been feeling a bit lonely when I made this page ... which was only partly tongue in cheek! As you can see below, it began once again with my efforts to draw/write first and add colour after. It still feels slightly odd, but is definitely an interesting way to work - although "colouring" feels a bit like something I should be doing with children!!
Sometimes I draw a bit then colour a bit, and so on, but here I did draw the whole thing out in black and white before I added any colour (except for the picture in the centre). A major advantage of working this way is using white space, which can be very creative, and is something I've not really thought about before. From the point of view of travel journalling this technique would work really well, as you could do all the drawing and writing on-site then add colour when you got home, which would save carrying anything beyond a simple kit.
Its also provided an opportunity to further explore the possibilities of my Promarkers - all the colour here has been done this way. I am now a serious fan of these (as you may have noticed). There doesn't seem to be much difference between Promarkers and Copics, so I went for Promarkers because they British - it seemed right to support the home market in these tough times.
You might also be glad to know that, around about the time I made this page, I was developing a relationship with a local lady which has already blossomed into something special. Making this page prompted a decision, and I sent her a jokey email requesting her friendship - done like a job advert as here, but carrying warnings she might like to take into account! To my great pleasure she responded positively ... although I keep telling her that she doesn't strictly meet the criteria as she doesn't drive! I can but don't any more for health reasons, which leaves us reliant on other people for transport. Am sure we'll work something out - we can always get on the bus which stops right outside my door! As for lunches and craft shopping expeditions these have already taken place ....!!

11 comments:

Brigitte aka Scrappassie said...

Glad you found a friend ;-) Beautiful page, and I've been looking at those Promarkers too, they look like a lot of fun, especially when travelling! No need to carry a whole bunch of paints, brushes and more LOL

Suzy said...

We so miss you here in Worcs. Met your friend the pie lady from Upton at a recent farmers market. We were both hoping that life is treating you well, but we sooo miss your card workshops !!
Take care & best wishes to hubbie !
Susan x

roc said...

what a beautiful journal page. love it. i love your idea of sending a friend wanted email! that is awesome. i'd love to get one of those one day. i'm so happy you found a special friendship!

Artyjen said...

Glad you have found someone close by to share the crafty passion with ;)
xoxo Sioux

JaneH said...

Amazing and beautiful, Rosie! I've felt like that so often: just wanting some good girly friends to share with. Wish you were closer as I think we could be fun friends.

alexa said...

Such a lovely, humourous yet tender page! Glad you're settling in and making friends. (If you were closer, I'd be happy to come and audition!). I've not tried Promarkers but you've mentioned them a number of times, and your pages look so lovely that I may be tempted to google ...

Valerie Johnson said...

Rosie...you are most precious...!!!

flutterbycrafter said...

What a fabulous page, and such a brilliant idea, so pleased you've found someone near you xx

Barbara Hagerty said...

What a fabulous page!

It was so easy to meet people and form friendships when I was working outside the home, and then as my family grew, it was easy to meet the parents of other children and find things in common. But toward the end of their school years, not so easy. But necessary because often old friends move away, and as kiddies fly the coop, we empty nesters often go our separate ways.

I think it takes meeting people repeatedly in a common place like work, or school. Hmmmmm...your post has given me food for thought. Now to find some good places out and about to seek out people with common interests....

Linda said...

Ah Rosie, this is so pretty ....and the message made me smile (and feel for you). But brilliant news that someone has applied!

Wish I didn't live so far away :-(
Your friend Linda x

Photocat said...

As it happens I am in RIpon, North Yorkshire, and looking for an art journaling friend too... Don't know where you live but if the game is still on shout... I am browsing your website and seeing so many lovely pages... Love your style!