Here we are in week two of the Summer of Color challenge and this week’s palette equation was to add up one pink of our choice, another pink of our choice, and an orange and see what we’d come up with.
I’ve chosen to make small little weekly journals, using materials on hand and at least one piece of handmade paper. I’m delighted with this week’s result:
The eye-popping palette is an instant cheer-me-up in a week that’s been filled with little sun and record-breaking rain fall. I was happy to uncover a little paper flower that is a perfect fit color-wise, and since last week I also used a flower cabochon, perhaps these SOC journals will turn out to be a garden series. The darker pink is the handmade paper. But what I love most about this journal is the deliberate use of wrinkled/folded papers.
I had a fascinating conversation with a friend this week about aging and wrinkles and wondering why don’t both our eyes and our societies adjust to seeing beauty in aging. This is such an interesting and important topic to me and something that I’ve really been thinking lots about. All year I’ve carried with me as a guiding star the poem by Jena Schwartz (formerly Strong) entitled Unfolded. You can read my blog post about it, along with the poem, here.
Additionally, earlier this year it was my great joy to support the Kickstarter project to help fund, I Am What’s Underneath, a feature-length documentary “that strips us down to open us up, empowering people worldwide to accept and express their true selves.” This led me to the website of the film’s creators, a mother and daughter team at Style Like U. There’s a lot of fabulousity being celebrated there so check it out.
In one of those delightful synchronicites I received my reward today in the mail for backing the Kickstarter project.
All of those things were the reasons I chose to use beautiful wrinkled and folded paper in my journal this week.
Pink is one of my favorite colors and I’m delighted to report my newly planted rose tree just popped its first pink bloom. If it weren’t raining so hard I’d run out and take a photo. It’ll have to wait for another time. But in the meantime I’ll share a photo of orange-y flowers. These are paper poppies and it was an accidental photo, clearly taken while I was moving the camera. Frankly I love “flow” photos.
What about you? What colors are showing up for you this week? Feeling in the flow? Ready to celebrate your own unique style? Willing to love yourself no matter what age? Do tell, you know I love to hear.