It’s December! Which means there will be a lot of festivities going on in the real world as well as in blog land… But first: let’s talk inspiration!
A couple of years ago I took an art course at a local arts and crafts school. One of the classes involved drawing/painting (mostly still life) with different kinds of media. I kind of enjoyed the drawing and painting of given objects and people, but what I really, really loved was an exercise that the teacher gave us to kill the time left at the end of a session.
She would pull out a big box of post cards and let each of the students choose one to act as a starting point for a new project. There were post cards of (famous) paintings, photographs, sculptures and I think there were even some of architecture in there.
Some of the students were really picky about which one to choose. I just tended to grab a handful and chose one which had elements I could work with: colours, a theme, a motive… anything really! And then I let colour, theme, motive take me where it would take me. Just writing about it now, makes me want to grab a post card and get to work. It’s that powerful!
So, when Riikka and I discussed what our next challenge was going to be, I remembered the exercise and how much I loved doing it. Riikka chose Johannes Vermeer’s Lady Writing a Letter with her Maid for us to work with.
Scrapbooking with a particular painting in mind isn’t the same as drawing with a particular painting in mind though. At first my interest was drawn by the flooring in the painting: my kitchen floor has black and white checkered tiles. And then I looked closely at the colours Vermeer used: green, cream, red, blue, grey, browns. What else did I see: curtains, stained glass, a maid, a painting… a piece of paper on the floor? Oh yes, the letter. Must be a hard letter to write…
And then I knew what my subject was going to be!
OK, so I guess this probably isn’t what you might expect from a page inspired by a famous painter like Vermeer… It’s nothing remotely like 17th century painting! But there is cream, grey, red and blue in there. And there are handwritten words, a little bit of ink and the patterned paper reminds me of (chevron parquet) flooring…
The journaling is on two tags, tucked away in the glassine and paper bags. I used washi tape available through Teippitarha and HEMA and the alphabet stamps are by myStampBOX. The patterned paper came from the Amy Tangerine’s Ready Set Go collection by American Crafts.