I love inspiration. I love how it works. Although I'm not all that fond of it on the days when it eludes me, but I've been learning how to make those days a lot less frequent. I find the more often I create, the more I stay inspired. Right now I have at least a years worth of ideas floating around in my head, and in various journals and notebooks. Ideas for art and jewelry, and even sewing...if I ever bring my machine out of "the closet"(yikes).
This collage came out of one of those inspired times. This is the one I showed a lil' peek of in the last post. I tore a page out of "Frenchy" (my new name for my new favorite French book to use for my art...thanks again Melanie!) to use for a card, when I fell in love with the photo of the Gothic arched window on the page. (I am a sucker for beautiful windows, but if it's Gothic AND arched... sheesh... I'm gone...) So something made me pick up a water-soluble graphite pencil and start sketching said window straight onto the page. Oooh... I likey!
So rather than getting back to the bird card I was making, I started a collage on a 9x9 inch piece of wood just waiting for such inspiration! I already had all the papers, etc. out for the card so I used those to complete this collage. I drew details with the pencil, then smudged the graphite with my finger, and wet some of it with a brush to create shadows. I added Titan Buff (lt. beige) paint to add highlights, then I glued down an embroidered circle along with bits of trim. I sealed the collage so the pencil doesn't continue to smudge or wash away.
The beautiful feather was found months ago in our yard and begged to be a part of this collage. How could I say no? I love the pop of blue that it adds to this otherwise monochromatic piece. To hang it, I added copper wire attached with copper tacks.
A wonderful new collage thanks to Frenchy's beautiful pages and a big heap of inspiration!