Wednesday, December 14, 2011

December Sketchbook Challenge - Trashed, Ruined and Decay

Here are the definitions of Ruined and Decay:
1. Total destruction or disintegration, either physical, moral, social, or economic.
2. A cause of total destruction.
3.a. The act of destroying totally.
b. A destroyed person, object, or building.
4. The remains of something destroyed, disintegrated, or decayed
5. A gradual deterioration to an inferior state

My art journal page is reflecting definition 5 - gradual deterioration to an inferior state.  Fall leaves are beautiful but don't last long. . .  In an attempt to keep these colorful leaves from further decay I attached them to dictionary paper with Glossy Accents (Ranger) and then flipped the leaf over and applied more Glossy Accents all over the front of the leaf.  After a while I had a pretty pile of shiny leaves that were quickly cut out for use on other projects.
The aged background was made from patterned paper, masking tape, fabric book tape and "drippage" (if you watch Donna Downey Inspiration Wednesday videos you know exactly what I am talking about) and some painted/splattered paper I made a while back.
A stamped sentiment finishes up the page.  I will admit that even a few months ago I wouldn't have been able to stamp a sentiment like this on anything - it is soo sloppily done - the letters don't line up evenly - it isn't perfectly centered.  But. . . . I like it - kinda a lot - go figure!  Have you done anything creatively recently that you thought you would NEVER do??
Linking to Art Journal Every Day and Just Journals Link Party #8.

5 comments:

jen said...

love this- and love the sentiment immensely....
it's good to let go!

Kathy said...

Very pretty..it makes me think of crafting w/my mom when I was little..ironing fall leaves between sheets of wax paper. Love your handcarved chevron stamp- this turned out beautifully!

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

Great use of the decaying leaves on the page. Like the sentiment too! xox Corrine

Tricia said...

Beautiful page! Love the colors, the leaves and the background. Great job!

veronica said...

i like that the leaves are matted with the dictionary pages.