Monday, 30 September 2013

Stay at Home CJ - September - For The Love Of Trees

So here we are - our first big reveal day for the Stay at Home CJ!

This month we all worked on Lou's lovely background:

and the theme was 'for the love of trees'

Before we start can I just say a big thank you to all the participants for sending their entries through on time without me having to chase anybody up - that makes my job as host SO much easier :)

So, here we go, in no particular order:

Carmen - acrylics and drawing ink
Lou's techniques used: I stencilled the tree onto tissue paper and applied with matte medium, unfortunately the tissue didn't 'blend' into the background as I expected not sure why as this technique usually works well.  So I  applied inks to the tissue to help the blending a bit more. Scattered some leaves punched from an old bible and added the quote from the poem "The Tree" by
Tom Splitt:

The calm quiet strength of a tree
Anchored deep in the earth
Reaching high in the sky
The calm quiet strength of a tree

The calm quiet strength of a tree
Full of life from its roots
To the tiniest branch
The calm quiet strength of a tree

And oh, how it comforts me
How it teaches me
Without a sound
Then I realize at once
That this tree and I are one
In eternity

The calm quiet strength of a tree
From the weight of its trunk
To its delicate leaves
The calm quiet strength of a tree

The calm quiet strength of a tree
Showing anyone near
All the secrets of time
The calm quiet strength of a tree

Sarah - Pitt pen plus Fresco acrylics
The quote is Emily Bronte, get me being all literary :)

"Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky" Kahlil Gibran

Sami said: Lou's colours reminded me of autumn, walking through the woods once the
colours have changed. I used gelli prints to collage trees onto her
background and although I was going to add more texture and colour, I really
liked how it looked with just the collage. I added my favourite poem by
Robert Frost, and although not specifically about trees, it always reminds
me of the beauty of autumn.

And that's that for this month - haven't we created a beautiful autumnal forest?!!

It's so cool to see how differently (and in some cases similarly) we all riffed off the same background.

Next month, Carmen's background, theme "beastie":

I can't wait to see where you all go with that one! :)