Going through some of my favorite quotes, I thought that "bless this mess" was very apt! It was going to be a very figurative and literal mess all around at the end of it all.. I might as well embrace it, no?
Started out with the one on the bottom left. Had OODLES of fun making my own patterned paper, cutting and gluing. I felt like a kindergartener and it was a bit liberating to just "play" knowing that it was my only task. I kind of liked it, feeling immensely proud of coming up with anything remotely like a collage but hated it by the next morning. So onto attempt #2. I was struggling with knotty hair and that inspired my birdie hair nest piece. Liked it better, thought it was more abstract. But was it abstract enough??
By this stage, I was thinking "what the hell" and started yet again. Thought that "bloom and grow" was quite apt this time around, just because I felt that I had done exactly that between attempts 1 and 2. The little blobs of flowers climbing up the trellis were a happy accident.. as was the trellis, but I was much happier about fulfilling the "abstract" criteria this time. Guess third time's a charm? Looking back at them after a few days' rest, they're all kind of growing on me. I'm not sure I'll be exploring this type of art anytime soon, but it was definitely a fun ride! As a bonus, I'm now addicted to painting itty bitty motifs to make my own patterned papers.. uh-oh!