I always read the weekly challenges for this project, then look at what the featured artists for the week have done, and then I think about the project for at least a day before I start. Inspiration comes in different forms, and this time it came from a few different places.
I liked Sandi Keene's idea of cutting shapes from her paper, and LOVED the piece that Miranda Banks created. Those tree trunks sparked thoughts about a couple of quilts I've seen lately - this one that I shared in a post about our quilt symposium
|"Roots" by Karen Johnson|
I'd also been working on my mixed media dream catcher (see my previous post) which had leaf/feather shapes. Began by looking at my underpapers
This was plain newsprint which lies under and alongside my projects as I work. I use it to clean ink off stencils and stamps, to catch overspray, and sometimes I clean off my brayer/brush. I smiled at them for a bit and then I had to choose....I was attracted to this one - can you see a house with a heart in it?!
But I was really committed to a tree, so decided to glue this next paper into my book. The red and green on the right spoke to me of Pohutukawa - our lovely NZ summer tree
I had found a quote I wanted to add to the page, and once I ruled off my journaling space, I saw the perfect place to write the quote
The purple markings inspired a feather
Next up was to "see" the tree with roots
I also spotted a heart opportunity :-)
I had thought I would draw stylised and stenciled leaves on the tree, but I didn't like how my first one looked
Quite liking it, and wishing I can say it's done but I don't feel in my heart like it's there yet. I haven't ended up following my cut-out inspiration (except for the butterfly) or the leaf shapes but can't really see I can integrate those. If in doubt, walk away and look again the next day (these progress photos are a bit yellow cos I was working at night)
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It doesn't seem like much when I look at it now, but I can see a difference when I compare the before and after photos
|Before : I had just added a blended line of green|
around the outside of the tree head
Hope you enjoyed seeing the process and how you can start with some inspiration, but end up in a different place ;-)You can see all my posts about this project HERE and I've created a Flickr album for all my Documented Life 2015 spreads HERE.