When I saw Hels challenge for this week I decided I would try and make something I have been meaning to have a go at for ages. I have a book called 'The Crafter's Devotional' by Barbara R Call which is a splendid resource to dip into when the muse has gone on holiday. On page 148 there is a discussion about symbols and as I meditate regularly I decided to try and make a small hanging. She says that 'using symbols in your artwork is a powerful tool for expressing your thoughts, feelings and emotions'.
This is what I came up with using 'bits and pieces' from my stash.
It was the very devil to photograph as it has been raining and I couldn't get the light right. To give a clearer idea here is each piece individually.
This is made of layers of papers on recycled painted card and distressed with walnut stain. The metal wings come from the Snazzy shop and the stamped Fly is from Paper artsy.
Transition is also on painted recycled card with a gateway from Paperbag Studios stamped onto lace paper and then a large rusty key, the symbol of wisdom (don't I wish!) adhered with glossy accents.
For the sea I embellished with my machine bits and pieces of chiffon and lace onto blue felt and then hand sewed and embroidered. I chose the sea to represent Renewal.
This one is a base of card painted with Fresco paints this time, layers with distressed pieces of paper with a small handbag mirror to symbolise self-reflection.
The last one is torn ovals of vellum and paper on a sprayed piece of card then a grungeboard heart which I painted red and then used crackle paint on. A heart symbolises love and compassion and is a very moving symbol to meditate upon.
I may well do a series of these as the mood takes me. I have hung it on my board in the room I work from at home, (not the craftroom) and hope it gives some inspiration to any who see it.
Hope you are all enjoying your week. I hear rumours that the jet thingy is on the move and we may have summer after all! Now that is something to meditate upon! x