This is Karen, back with another Mixed Media with Karen.
As the year comes to a close, I often start thinking about my projects for the following year. One of the projects I'll be doing this year is called You Choose.
This is a Moleskine squared journal where I will be collaging images that remind me of the way I want to feel this year.
It's a book that will be a year-long inspiration for me and a reminder that we each get to choose how we feel in life. How we feel every singe moment in the day.
I am not so great at collage which is why I picked it as my theme for this book. I decided it will give me a lot of opportunity for practice. I also decided I wanted to experiment with making sparse pages. Let's see how it goes.
For this page, the first thing I did was to pick some papers and embellishments that I liked and layer them underneath the photo of me. I then used similar papers on the facing page and added little butterflies on top. I stamped my word of the year "brave" using a stamp I carved myself. I then stamped the four other feelings I want to have next year.
Here's another look so you can see how shiny it is:
Once I had my collage layers, I decided to just go to town with the paint. I added pink and red and gold to the outer edges, I underlined my words with gold paint and red. I painted over the papers to make them seem seamless.
And I ended up with this:
So much for clean and sparse.
Here's a closer look at the left side:
My words are: brave, abundance, open, alive, and serene. Here's to a year full of them.
Finally, one more look so you can see all the shimmering gold:
So here we are, attempt one at mixed media collage. Here's to a wonderful 2015 and getting to choose our feelings!