The theme of Shelley's calendar is Bloom. And it certainly does just that - in fact it pours forth an endless display of colour and texture and artful collage. The page above was created using a Cavallini paper with postcards and birds. It had flowers too - but they were not strong enough - so i cut some floral sprays out of a different paper and glued them on. I dry brushed some gesso to blend the images. A few red french postage stamps add some extra colour. I added the letters M-A-Y - since i had the book for the month of May. (yes i am late to mail - it will go out tomorrow!)
For my second spread i pulled 4 images of peonies from an Asian art journal. I spliced them together to fill the tall pages of Shelley's calendar. When i was joining them together - i left slits so that i could insert two vintage images - they have journaling on the back. Some chinese text and butterflies complete this page.
For my third spread i wanted to use this vibrant wrapping paper with yellow, blue and pink roses. it doesn't quite show, but it was a 24" by 36" piece of paper - and it was torn up and all scrunched up to fit - with a ton of gel medium to adhere. Each page in the journal had a quote on the lower right hand corner. So in this case i left it visible to read. Then i added my own "poetry" - the little pink words dot the page. I took a flower book and cut out phrases to create the poem, which neither rhymes nor is particularly pretty or profound - but it suits the page!
This spread was fun - i used a pretty square napkin as a base - overlapping a bit in the middle. I added two lovely ladies in floral outfits - courtesy of the Anthropologie catalog. I covered their legs with scraps from another floral napkin in similar colours. Then added some floral sprays to their heads. The words are cut from a garden book and relate to attracting birds to your garden.
This fifth spread was almost completely copied from a journal image i saw online. I was struck by the simplicity and clever use of ephemera cut into unrelated shapes - like the flower pot and leaves. I added journaling about our trip to San Francisco over Memorial Day weekend.
This is a glimpse of the pages before they were collaged upon. The book was a nice size - about 12 inches tall.Here is Shelley's beautiful cover. She is a master of adding depth and texture - just using paper. In fact she requested that we keep our pages flat - ie no chunky embellishments.
Here is one the "chapters" she created - one for each season. It was a joy to create in Shelley's beautiful Blooming calendar. Now i absolutely must get it packed up and in the mail to Aileen. I have her Frida Kahlo book to work on next - then my OWN calendar comes home to me - for our mid-year break.