Thursday, 12 February 2009
UK Art Raffle - Feb 09
This month's theme for the UK Art Raffle is 'Trees'. If you don't know about the raffle, have a look at the site and if you enter an item of your artwork, you'll be in with a chance of winning every participants entry for the month!
With a theme of 'trees' I didn't immediately know what to do as I don't have any suitable tree rubber stamps, so I had a look around the internet (as you do!) and came across a lovely poem called 'Plant A Tree' which was written in the 1800s by an American lady called Lucy Larcom You can read the poem here.
I used the poem to make a little book. There are five pages - one verse on each. I kept an organic feel to the book making the covers from corrugated cardboard (coloured with distress inks and glimmer mists on the outside and decorated with scrapbook paper on the inside) The tag on the front cover has been aged with distressed inks and the words 'Plant A Tree' rubber stamped onto some handmade paper.
Onto each of the inside pages I attached a small piece of handmade paper (stitched on with a small button) and wrote on it a pertinent word which appears on the second line of each verse.
I must confess to one thing - I used shop bought 'toppers' for the back of each of the inside pages. I bought these years ago having never known what to do with them, but as I was making the book I remembered them and thought they'd go perfectly - with the colours and the theme.
(The inside pages are not quite as orange as they appear in the photos.)
Just need to keep my fingers crossed now for the raffle, as I'd really like to keep this book now - doh!