The page began with a very simple background of yellow acrylic paint, and then I used a collection of black/white and grey collage scraps to create a border. On the left is the page at that point, and on the right you can see how it looked with a grey shadow and a black outline added. Makes a big difference doesn't it?
As far as I'm concerned every page needs to have a face of some kind, even if its just an eye or something like that, some human element I suppose. That's when I put down the head and shoulders (cut from a magazine) bottom left. She had a smiley face and I thought "that's not how I feel today", so I added the weary-looking face at the top right. All this got me thinking about how often I put on a brave face when I feel rough, and the fact that out of love I will wear a mask so as not to drag either of us down. That was when I cut out a mask to cover up her true face.
And acknowledging the truth that this is what I do, led to me writing it down. Believe me I'm not complaining here - lots of people have it so much worse - but I am trying to acknowledge to and for myself that this is one of my coping strategies, and to remind myself not to over-use it. Its important that sometimes I'm completely honest with the people who care about me.
Having said that, there's scientific evidence that smiling puts you in a better mood, so I practice a lot and hope it works! Its the difference between half full and half empty isn't it? I know I've said this before but its something I firmly believe, that attitude helps, and that people don't want to spend time with you if you're always negative and miserable.