Lately I've been feeling dumpy. Just haven't been able to completely shake it. I figured I needed a lil extra TLC, so I pampered myself last week by making myself some flowers in my art journal that'll never droop, get moldy, or die. It did help a bit. Making art usually does make me feel better, plus making something completely for me was nice.
The photo above shows the colors fairly true to how they are in "real life". Click on photo for closer look.
Notice the page next to it says "no more excuses"? hmm.... coincidence? Or maybe it should say "snap out of it"!
I wrote "remember" across the bottom to remind me of all the good that I have in my life. All that I am grateful for. There's so much really, but here's a short list...
Things I am grateful for in no particular order:
- This blog, Blogland, and all you wonderful lovelies out there who are so loving and giving
- My wonderful friends and family
- Being an artist...I truly love it and feel blessed to know it's my calling
- Having people who believe in me
- Having the most wonderful husband ever, and our funniest/smartest/cutest two year old son
- Dark organic chocolate....YUM!!!
- Online art classes!!
Of course there's way more, but that's enough for now.
To make this collage I first used metal tape (from a hardware store) to make the frame. I painted gesso over everything to prep the page and tone down the silver of the tape. Then I tore papers to form the vase, flowers, and other details and glued them down. I again gessoed over everything to soften it. I wanted a soft faded feel to it, something different than what I normally do. When dry, I used a graphite pencil to write "remember" and also to add details and shading to finish it off.
Pretty flowers to help brighten the day.
I hope they brighten yours too, because you readers brighten mine!