Class begins and our first challenge is to use an image and it’s outline on your page. I chose to use a picture of keys taken by Jessica and then I hand drew a key on a page of handwritten paper and then cut out the key image. One of the main things that is different for me already with this class is the fact that the backgrounds are composed entirely of paper. I am used to painting my backgrounds in my journals. This is the first time that I’ve “painted with paper” as Kelly likes to describe it.
In preparation for this class, several of the students talked about going through their store of paper and someone mentioned taking their larger pieces of paper and tearing them into smaller more usable and less precious pieces. I loved the idea so much that I dug out all of my 12 x 12 scrapbook paper which has been gathering dust since my daughters were about 6 and 7 (they’re 13 and 14 now) and tore the whole stack into quarters. Suddenly, I have a huge palette of paper to play with that is virtually new to me. I completely forgot about most of what I had saved and I’m thrilled that this class is going to help me use some of it up.
This page is about my dream that my inner child is always honored, which is something I really work hard at doing and I sometimes forget. She’s the key to my heart and making sure she is heard is the key to living a fulfilling life. I couldn’t completely refrain from painting, so I watercolored the key and the heart.