There has been little of interest to post here for some time, but we are settling into our new routine and life is getting easier.
A few weeks ago I treated myself to this book by Roxanne Evans Stout. I have been fascinated by collage for some time and have dabbled with it in a very minimal way but since reading this book, suddenly I have an idea for a small book of collages to celebrate my special relationship with my maternal grandmother. I always need a reason for making something before I can start.
Like many techniques everything appears to be simple, after all I will only be cutting or tearing papers and fabrics and sticking or stitching them down to a background. But, choosing the right elements in the right proportions and arranging them in the most effective order is the tricky bit.
I have started gathering together fabrics in blue, as blue and white was a favourite colour combination for my grandmother.
She made rag rugs so that has to be included. This one appears in one of Kaffe Fasset's books but as I will not be parting with my book when it is finished I am not worried about copyright. She also made crocheted lace.
I have collected various images from magazines - granny kept bees at one time and her favourite soap smelled of Devon violets.
I may include some stamping - the meadow reminds me of long summer holidays spent crawling through the long grasses of Granny's paddock looking for ladybirds and grasshoppers.
It is lovely to have time to think about doing some art work again. At last my husband seems to be making real progress and I have a bit of spare time to play.