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Thursday is the new Wednesday at the nest of singingbird…meaning that the mahjongettes gather for dinner and spiritedly and lively play. (Actually meaning I sit, jaw dropped as those two make faces and gestures unseemly in a lady, if play is not going to their satisfaction… ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

Before this rowdy and laughter-filled event though, Poetrysue and I craft, admire, and set the world to rights. In the last couple of years she has been fighting free of the prison cell known as “the pattern” and learning the joy there is to be had in free falling…yes, this is the same PoetrySue who coined

“I’d rather be off-piste than p*ssed off”

– she is a very witty wordsmith and famous in local circles as the author of ‘Men are like bras’ and ‘Angels in Asda’; a queen of quick fire puns ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway, I was so impressed when she brought her new art journal round, that I asked if I could share it with you. I really love what she has done on this page, the cascade/waterfall in oilpastels with over stamping is just great, and the collaging of the ‘life on the edge’ย  full of expressive movement. This is a close up, it’s actually on the edge of the full page, so that increases the effectiveness.

I’m doubly impressed because she has been trying various crafts and what attracted her most previously was embellishing/decorative felting, she has made beautiful commemorative pieces, little witness pins and dream dolls, folk art inspired with a healing or mystic twist, if that makes sense. Having worked so hard on faces, (which she does really well) this leap into abstract and collage is stunning!

Those of you who art journal know how hard it is to work straight onto the page and she has been really bold with her drawing/ doodling/ wordplay/ stamping and collage, also leaping from style to style in a few pages – it’s all too easy to feel inhibited because you stuck to one style or colour way/palette or fontย  and then want to change – she can go anyway/ anywhere now, she could copy whole poems in there, make pastels, stamp card designs, think out witness pins or worry dolls…as long as they have her stamp on them, they will fit because she has made these first pages so lived in and personal…well worth taking a leaf from her book, whatever your style/approach, if you ever get hit by the what next blues, this is a good way to beat them.

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Mind, you see plenty of faces here ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  Oh and the jewelled letters read sing the blues, the flash has blurred them…

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She has a great sense of style by the way, the only one of my friends to take care of her manicured hands (hmm, that may not last now she’s discovered oil pastels!) and look at these, her ruby slippers ๐Ÿ˜‰

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with matching hair and glasses!

What an inspiration she is, and a very good friend ๐Ÿ˜‰

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