It's a new day and it's a new year and I have news....despite being a very small group of 8-10 members the Every Inchie Monday group lives on!
It was a last minute thing but 2 of the girls have decided to take up the challenge and we have a list of countries this year.
Our first is the Netherlands and what this represents for us. Well, that's an interesting one as it is a country that I love to visit but no longer get to as often as I used to. So when this country is mentioned I have multiple thoughts & depending on the context depends what comes to mind so here is a wee insight...
Bicycles, windmills, clogs, delftware, Edam, tulips, licorice, genever gin, Amsterdam, canals, Frisian cows, and then there are the good friends Sheila whom I met in Libya way back in 1961, Henk who was a neighbour here in Scotland & who always referred to his countrymen as "cloggies ", Jan & Toos and Corrie & George the fun couples we met in our local ski resort about 10-12 years ago, Cora the wife of our tame french Osteopath.... obviously some of these ideas are easier to interpret on an inchie than others and as yet I'm not firmly fixed on what the common thread might be, a flag is easy but not very exciting but might be the answer for one of the more obscure countries on the list, postage stamps might also be an option and then some weeks I might even do several!
For this week I've gone with an old postage stamp from my dad's collection that depicts queen Juliana who was on the throne at the time I met Sheila in Libya and also a button that's been sitting in my stash for a fair few years that is a tulip. This year I'm going to put them in the back of my Colour me positive journal that has some spare space!
We got our challenge for Documented Life on the 30th and I did a quick page for the following prompt: Let the year go - use bits of your stash wild on your first page in your NEW 2018 journal! Technique: Use your skills to build your page - sew, stick, stamp, stencil.....Quote: It's time to shine!
We also got the Art Journal Journey one: Image: ladder/stairs. Word ascend. prompt: write about past, present or future goals. Technique: use colour pencils . Quote: nothing worth having is easy- and again I kept it simple
Here's looking forward to seeing some splendid art in the blogs I follow.....happy New Year everyone.