i'd been admiring natasha white's free-form found word poetry and gorgeous backgrounds on her blog, and secretly wanting to try out the idea. it was fun doing the background with my (inexpensive, from michaels) new set of water-soluble wax crayons, and i was shocked and delighted to find this little "article" about poppies in a children's book i chose purely for its font, but the result was frankly nothing to write home about, so i set it aside until the next day. then i decided to add a few machine stitched outlines... and suddenly the thing just sort of took off. I LOVE IT WHEN THAT HAPPENS!!! ♥
the brief was to incorporate a wordsearch, sudoku, or other puzzle into a page somehow; as i was pondering the patina-ed beauty of this one from a cool vintage book of dutch crosswords i found at a book sale earlier this year, it occurred to me how similar the grids for puzzles and needlework are, so i did a little cross stitch on it. the end. :)
as you can see, i've loaded two pics for this one, just in case you cannot quiiiiiiite tell from my gorgeous drawing what my ten tiny things are, lol! actually, i am rather proud of this, because despite my total inability to make ANYTHING look 3-D (i just CANNOT shade to save my life!) i *think* pretty much everything except the pencil eraser is vaguely recognizable... which, for a non-drawing-type like myself is a BIG honkin' ACHIEVEMENT!!!
in grade school and high school the inside and outside of all my notebooks were full of things like this. come to think of it, i guess we were ALL "art journalers" a bit in school, weren't we?! funny that it's taken some of us thirty years to get back into the habit, eh? (never too late, though!)
tomorrow i am VERY excited indeed to be guest designer at a certain lovely sketch challenge blog, so i hope you'll stop back and hear all about that, and see a card of which i'm rather proud! ♥