Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Remembering Wonderment

Hello Everyone,

We're nearly at the end of this amazing year of Life Book 2016. For week 47, the lovely Tracy Verdugo showed us how to put together "Inspiration Bundles" and use them as prompts to create another page for our Life Books. She encouraged us to treat this as a playful process and rekindle our sense of wonderment and curiosity

I loved this idea, but felt a little daunted, because I had no idea of where I would end up and didn't even know where to start!

My picture certainly went through some ugly phases, but I carried on regardless and tried to enjoy the journey and just play with the ideas prompted by my Inspiration Bundle.

Here's how it ended up, a bit weird, but hey ho, it's meaningful to me so that's ok ...


The first step is to make up the inspiration bundle of various pieces of paper ephemera. Here's mine all tied up and ready to go ...


It's a mixture of patterned papers, images printed from the internet, brochures, a paper bag, and pages from children's books, torn randomly and gathered together in any old order.

Here's a closer look ...


The idea is to pick up the pieces of ephemera one at a time, taking inspiration from each one in some way - perhaps colour, or shape, or words, or just an idea that pops into your head.

It's a brilliant idea and even though I found the process a little scary, it was very liberating and really got me thinking.

I started with some vintage imagery, which gave me some colours and shapes for my background; then came some pieces from brochures about  some historical sites we visited this summer; then some book pages which reminded me of my childhood and my own children when they were little. The final piece was a saved paper bag, from which I cut the teddy bear image which I stuck onto the picture to symbolise the inner child.

The last thing I did was to scribble some journaling in white pen all over the page - it's about seeing things through a child's eyes, as if for the first time, playing just for the sake of it, relishing the experience and rediscovering that feeling of wonderment.

Aaah, waxing lyrical again :o)

Thanks for popping in today, see you again soon.

Annie xxx


2 comments:

Lizzy Hill said...

OOOH! Interesting process.... I thought initially you were going to USE those pieces on your art piece, LOL!!! Can't believe it's almost the end of the year & you'll have finished doing your course. Amazing!

Valerie Thorpe said...

Oh wow and from all that came this lovely painting. I am gobsmacked at the way this has all worked and how you have grown over this last year. I have really enjoyed seeing each and every one of your works of art <3