Wisdom of the Trees Part I (Somerset Studio)

In the Sept/Oct 2017 issue of Somerset Studio I have a feature, Wisdom of the Trees.
This project was initially inspired by a Somerset Studio Art Call which I had previously submitted to, finding myself still inspired by their challenge of working with tags, I continued to play, creating collages with tags as the substrates.  I was enjoying this project so much, I made collage after collage and it was understandable that Somerset Studio were not going to give page room for all the collages I submitted but I can share them all here and will do over two posts.
A footnote to this… on each collage I add some journalling, not giving any thoughts, allowing the words to freely flow from mind to pen, to project. Little did I know at that time, some of those words would be transformed into Affirmations, featuring on Set 7 of That’s Crafty Lynne’s Affirmations stamps.  This creative path is something to behold!
I wanted a sense of textures and fragments, something I find, unconsciously returning to is the thought of tattered elements being caught on a passing breeze.  I wanted a sense of that on each collage, of different textures, swept together by that breeze and resting as a collage.That piece of green lace, was from a panel of pure white lace I received as a gift from a lovely friend Sharon in the U.S.A.  I stained it with Infusions and this fragment brought to mind fresh leaves or possibly a shoot appearing from the hard earth.Collage 2Infusions brought not only earthy goodness to each collage, they also brought variation as I wanted to create a series.As you can see, texture was essential, in fact in most of the collages it was the layering of various textures which created a sense of grounding for the stamped trees above. Collage 3All the trees are from Crafty Individuals, they surely create some of the very best tree stamps. I am always fascinated by the effects achieved with Infusions, simply applied over Gesso.On each collage, as I mentioned at the top, I journalled.  You can just about see some of the journaling beside the button.  What is very freeing is not taking time to consider penmanship or actual words, simply allowing them to flow. This is only half of the series, I have Part II to share another day.
In the meantime, many thanks for your visit.

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jo west
    Jul 28, 2018 @ 02:07:50

    Visiting your blog is always a pleasure!


  2. Annie
    Jul 28, 2018 @ 09:44:33

    It’s clear to see why Somerset published your beautiful work Lynne x stunning trees and I agree that CI do make the most amazing tree stamps x love all the layers and textures x
    Hugs Annie x


  3. nancyaolsen
    Jul 28, 2018 @ 14:05:33

    This is amazing ! I love the textures , trees and button with bit of yarn . Very cool 🙂


  4. Corrie
    Jul 28, 2018 @ 14:12:27

    This is absolutely stunning ! Love it !
    Corrie x


  5. denlillelade
    Jul 28, 2018 @ 15:49:01

    These are all exquisite , all bring me to a place with mossy ,damp, grounds and restful trees. They are stunning. dear friend- and filled with the special beauty, only you can create . xxx


  6. Julie Forest
    Jul 29, 2018 @ 04:34:38

    Hello, Lynne! These collages are absolutely stunning! I love trees anyway but the way these tree stamps have been incorporated into your collage work is flawless. I love all the texture and subtle colors. So much to look at! Fantastic!!


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