July's joy in the post was Stephanie's journal. Another gorgeous journal for me to hold in my hands & admire :-) Stephanie asked what inspires us. This collage of images represents some of my inspiration - Cornwall, the sea, music, mandala art, whimsey, mixed media.... I'm never able to match the standard of the other very talented ladies in this swap and I don't try to. Instead I just try to add a bit of me. That included my love of doodling and this mixed media mandala:
I painted some canvas paper and then cut it up to create the collaged shapes. Then I embroidered part of the design. A little bit of paint and pen work and I had a mandala inspired sun.
The whole piece is meant to reflect my whimsical imagination and so I blended some of my favourite colours and images in curvy flowing lines and included a little fairytale stamp. I wanted it to have a fantasy 'head in the clouds' feel that portrays my character :-)
I used liquid masking tape to save some white to write on after the paint was dry. However, yet again, I badly planned out the spacing of the words. Nevertheless they are my words and they also illustrate what inspires me. I hope Stephanie likes this; it is always a bit nerve wracking committing to someone elses journal however, at the same time it is a joyful honour.
These past few months have been amazing in that my health has been stronger than its been in years but this increased ability to engage with the outside world has meant I've been so busy enjoying this opportunity that I've neglected much of my writing/creative time. However, I see this improvement in my health as a gift and I I take each day to make the most of this, especially as I'm never sure what the next day will bring. Meanwhile I carry a notebook and camera with me. And this journal swap has been the greatest gift as an inspiration, focus and treasured opportunity to connect with such amazing creative women.
- Who/what has inspired you this week?