It's finally starting to act like spring here in the frozen tundra that is New England. We had the longest winter on record (it's true; I heard it on TV.) Spring means growing and green and plants and warm weather.
We're still waiting for sustained warmish weather, but we're getting there on the other two. I love to rake in the spring when I can uncover things like this:
Love these little sedum rosettes
Day lilies hugging a big granite rock
I started my new journal with a spring theme. This page was inspired by Elaine Schmidt's talented work. I love using text in my art and how it shows through watercolors.
This new journal will be challenging as the pages are much larger than the book I used previously. It has the benefit of sturdy pages and the spiral binding means the book lies flat when opened.
I used a blue watercolor wash for the background and them glued on the text strips.
In keeping with my challenge to put more markings on the page with my own hand, I drew the daisy and painted the petals with watercolor. I cut the heart shape from some hand-stamped and colored paper. The blue one is chipboard, colored with Distress Inks. I am obviously in a white-dot phase. I love how the dots add some pop.
I'm not sure where I got this stamp, but I love it. I glued it onto a piece of the acetate that comes with cling stamps. It seems a shame to toss that sheet with all the stamp images on it. I did a rough rendition of the caught-in-crystal technique on the acetate sheet and chopped it up for accents.
And yes, spring is a beautiful feeling.