Sunday, September 6, 2009

Seasons: Summer

First of all...


All of your comments, emails, prayers and thoughts have meant so much to me... thank you from the bottom of my heart! I have started regaining strength and, most days, feel like my old self again. Also, some good news, the Doc says I can put the surgery off until after Silver Bella! (That gives me "happy feet"!)

Now, let me show you a bit of "Summer". I got together with the ladies I'm doing the Seasons altered books with, and we swapped. We each did the first season, Summer, in our own books. Here's mine...

(sorry for the not so great photo)
When I think of Summer colors, two very different color combos come to mind. Turquoise and red with a bit of crisp white... makes me think of boardwalks and saltwater taffy and old striped beach cabanas. The other, and the one that always plucks my heart strings the loudest, are the colors of the Caribbean. This is the direction I went, softly.

I took the last quatrain, of Shakespeare's Sonnet 18, out of context to use on the page...
"But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives and this gives life to thee."

Here are some close ups.

The image is from AlphaStamps.

Layers of papers, gesso, paint and watercolor. Waves of sand and fine silver glass glitter.

I wrote the quote out with my dip pen. I've been doing a lot playing with this. Initially we did not see eye to eye and did a lot of fighting. I really wanted it to produce gorgeous mid 1800s penmanship. It refused. And that's okay, now. It showed me that I can be happy with my own handwriting.

The morning of the swapping, I decided I needed something to transport and keep my journal in, so I took a retired pillowcase and turned it into an envelope and closed it up with a pin and some millinery.

Next up, for this swap, will be Autumn in Nina's book.

If you are here in the US, enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend!


Lori said...

how nice to hear from you Alisa:) your altered book page is lovely...very clever how you did the swirls with your own pretty handwriting on them...and you know i really like the little touch of glitter!!!

maisy said...

ooh, i love this! really beautiful work. be well xx

knitterbeader said...

Love your Summer book - you are so talented. Glad to hear your health is better.

Kathy said...

Your book is beautiful. And the little "carrier" stunning too.

Tiedupmemories said...

Such a pretty summer book!Love it! Sorry I've been a bad blogger! I didn't know you were not doing well.So happy to hear things are looking up!

Leanne said...

Gorgeous! How did you do those glitter lines so straight?

Robin said...

Your book is just wonderful! Glad you are on the mend and getting back to artfulness.

tina said...

Gorgeous, Alisa! I'm so happy to hear you're feeling better. I haven't forgotten about the card. It got packed in the move. It will be out to you this week. :)

Viv (VivLyn) said...

Wow, your pages are awesome! Love everything about them!!

Margaret said...

I love these pages, what beautiful peaceful colours you've used M

Mary Wadsworth said...

Beautiful book, I love the swirls and quote. Your handwriting is very pretty. I hope your health continues to improve:)
Best wishes,

natalea said...

so happy you are feeling better Alisa! xo natalea

luckygirlgifts said...

i'm so glad you'll be able to put off surgery until after Silver Bella.
That is just so great!!

cindy said...

Just gorgeous, from the quote, to the flowing paper, glitter, colors...just gorgeous! But I have to ask, what's a dip pen?

yapping cat