Summer sunshine and love are funnelled into projects throughout the year. Of course I was thrilled when new Instagram friend, Jen, offered to exchange ‘Happy Mail’. What is Happy Mail? It’s when something arrives via snail mail that isn’t an advertisement or bill, thus initiating happiness.
I actually gasped when I received this beautiful package from Jen.
Just for me?! OMGosh, look at the aqua Canadian maple leaf pin! It’s really a tiny work of art featuring gathered crepe paper tipped in pink glitter and topped off with a blinged out ‘aqua’ maple leaf. I guess it’s no secret that this foxy Canadian loves aqua 😀
This beautiful confection started life as a simple brown paper bag. Jen adds stitching, fringing, beautiful thread work, stamping, beads and lots of TLC. Inside, perfect little envelopes filled with all manner of loveliness. Each one holding a plethora of treats. Here’s a close up of the button. A-mazing!
Discovering every gorgeous bit was a little like digging into a really yummy desert. Jen has the funkiest art stamps too. Nothing like I’ve ever seen.
This is just one of two delicious creations Jen sent. I’ll share another soon!
Sooooo, what did I make for Jen? A mixed-media canvas.
Without a firm plan at hand, I first covered a wooden canvas in printed tissue and added paint through a stencil to leave coloured feathers all over. So why an elephant? I think of elephants as being very drawn to their communities. Like WordPress or Instagram are communities for me.
The thing I really enjoy about mixed-media projects is adding all the layers until an unknown combination of this and that makes your heart sing. There’s no recipe or rules, it’s all very intuitive and that appeals to me. It’s defined as:
“Mixed Media (mikst ˈmēdēə) the use of a variety of media in an entertainment or work of art”
Little by little the image in my-mind’s-eye began to appear. It’s an Elephant walking thru a colourful garden, trumpeting creativity.
That old saying, “birds of a feather flock together” might be a good way to describe Instagram and if you look a little closer, you might spot the nod to feathered friends in my creation. With this in mind, I left space for a wee bird to chirp this message added with an art stamp.
“Creativity is seeing what everyone else has seen
and thinking what no one else has thought”
The wooden frame offered a generous border, so I was also able to add a small music box on top. This one plays John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’. I thought it was the perfect note to top it all off. I got it while traveling in Europe and was eager to share it with Jen.
Have you discovered Instagram? Have you found your own Birds-of-a-Feather?