Friday, April 8, 2016


This is my layout for April Challenge over at ARTastic. Got a bit creative styling this in a camellia tree.
We were to be inspired by this artwork by Josh Miels.  The criteria was to use TYPOGRAPHY on your work.
Now how did I get to my layout.  Please read through to the end of this rather longish post.
  • First some research into Typography was done.  An on-line dictionary describes as the art of or process of printing with type; the work of setting and arranging types and printing from them; the general character or appearance of printed matter.  Further research showed that handwritten typography was acceptable. 
  • I was drawn to how the wording on the inspiration photo and how it appeared to almost run down the image.  Could I accomplish this look using mixed media?
  • One evening as I reading a book I had borrowed from local library "Mixed Media Revolution" by Darlene Olivia McElroy & Sandra Duran Wilson I was taken with a suggestion on page 61 to cut work into strips or sections vertical or horizontal. See page below.  I might add that at 1am I got up and headed to my studio I mean kitchen to start creating.
  • Ah, this reminded me of my patchwork days when I loved to make strip patchwork - so off I went to find two pieces of patterned paper.  Here is what I found.  Paper with words and paper with stripes.   I cut the word paper into strips and using Jo Sonja's texture paste adhered the strips to the stripe paper and gave it a good coat of the texture paste before heading back to bed!          
  • The next day I put out a word on Facebook for my friends to give me their current favourite word - not really sure of what I would be doing with them when I got them (to be honest I had another idea for these words but it just did not work out). 
  • Yes, inspiration today - use these words on the spaces on my layout, seen here. Thankful; hope; blessed; serendipity; OH LA LA; memories; family; hello; blessed; gratitude; epic; eternity; courage; home; awesome; fulfilment; optimism; freedom; orange; Constantinople; peace; serendipity; happiness; inspiring; contented.    Thank you, my friends, for fantastic words.  I added some extra words including life is beautiful alright!. This photograph has been turned on its side so that you can see inspirational words provided.
  • The photograph (taken at Baddeck in Canada) I loved and I finally found a way to do justice to it and the fact that words can and do inspire us.
    Thank you to my friends for contributing such beautiful words.
  • Quite separate to this layout I have been making items to donate to my sister's church fete and I  made these inspirational stones using rubon's from my stash.  The stones are from around my garden and a couple from some beach walks.  Top left says "Faith" just did not photograph too well due to light. I applied a fixative to top of stones so that rubons don't rub off.
     Thanks for looking, Margaret :)


Jane said...

Such a wonderful and clever take on our inspiration Margaret and it looks fantastic. Thank you so much for sharing how you achieved this layout. Many thanks for joining in with us on ARTastic this month.

Tone K. said...

So cool background ! Nice that you have made stripes to pick up the trees in the picture :)
Thanks for playing along with us at ARTastic ! :)

Leslie said...

Such a fabulous layout!!

CraftyKat said...

I love your clever take on the challenge and the different typography you have used. Thanks for playing along with the ARTastic challenge and sharing your inspiration.

Dolly B said...

a lovely, creative, arty take on the challenge. Thanks so much for sharing with us at ARTastic this month

Angelika said...

So creative! I love the styling you did with the layout in the tree! Thanks for creating with us at ARTastic!

Karen McLaughlin said...

Such a creative page and love the stripes. Hope you will join us again next month for another great challenge. :)

sue said...

I love your idea!! Especially the stripes with your friends words of inspiration! Thanks for joining us at ARTastic! :)

Anna Uhras said...

Clever clogs!!! This is FAB!!!! Love it!! Thanks so much for sharing with us at ARTastic this month!! Anna xo

Maria said...

Excellent use of the font and patchwork! I love your layout!

Helene Bogren said...

Awesome!! Thanks for joining us at ARTastic!

tracey henly said...

cool take on the background, love the finished layout.


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