Monday, 4 May 2015



My continuing love affair with lime green - something NOT shared by my family, who clearly have no taste and appreciation!  I especially like this colour in the Spring, when the new green leaves are such an intense lime shade, before dust and traffic fumes get to them.

So nothing fancy going on here - I just painted the page in this yummy shade of green acrylic paint, and then began to add bits of green collage, mainly from a children's book I got from the charity shop.
And then the collage just grew and grew .... the butterfly top left and the advertisement bottom right are both from tissue paper which I tore out and collaged on with matte medium.  Its a besetting sin of mine that I tend to get stuck on one colour and produce all manner of tone on tone pages - if I start off blue it often stays blue, and I have to remind myself that it is OK to use more than one colour!
Still didn't know quite where I was going at this stage, even when I added the rather wistful looking Modigliani lady (if you've been with me a while you'll already know how much I love his work). A white Posca paint pen added a few highlights here and there.  Between the pictures above and below you might also notice that I added a shadow, using a grey marker. It always amazes me just how much difference such a small subtle addition makes!
So I left it awhile to come back to another day, when I knew what I wanted to say, and this was something of a cry from the heart.  Something we'd dreamed of and hoped for over a long LONG period of time FINALLY came to fruition, and instead of feeling joyful I found myself oddly flat. I've been doing some work on changing that.
We are off to Florida on Wednesday so this will be my last post for a couple of weeks - but I plan to come home laden with craft bargains (Jo-Anns here I come!) and collage stash.  The sunshine always warms my bones and, combined with the relaxation of being away from it all, I experience less pain, which is rather wonderful!  Arrivaderci ....


Artyjen said...

Hope you have a wonderful holiday....jealous about the American stash opportunities! LOL
xoxo Sioux

alexa said...

Hoping you have a simply glorious time, Rosie, and that the warmth and change chases away the sadness. I love your page - not just because I am a lime green fan (and yes, they have NO taste whatsoever, I agree!)- but for all the lovely doodley bits and the sentiment most of all - nodding here.

Mary said...

Florida! Not too very far from me. We will be heading for the beach in June ourselves. Can't wait to watch the sunrise over the ocean, walk the beach and listen to the surf.

Rosie, I pray you have a wonderful time, that it is a respite and refreshing time for you and your husband.

Gorgeous page, and I like the green. I know what you mean about the color of the new green growth. It's such a pretty color.