This week’s Summer of Color challenge was to create something using the colors Coral and Teal with a pop of White. And since I’ve decided to use this opportunity to make a small journal each week, here’s a peek at what I created:
I love the teal paper – it looks as though it has little bits of printed paper and alphabet letters embedded in it. It’s actually tissue weight and printed rather than having bits really embedded into it, but I love it. It is/was a commercially available paper and when I found it I was so delighted. The white paper I made myself some time ago when I was heavily into paper making, and it does contain bits of cut up print and alphabet letters. And some of those bits happen to be teal blue which made it my perfect pop-of-white addition.
The Summer Solstice arrives for those of us in the Northern hemisphere on Saturday and so I included a glyph for summer on my white bit. And then I happened to find that sweet little paper flower outlined in blue when I was hunting through my bead stash for the spine dangle flowers. A serendipitous find which of course immediately got glued to the cover as well.
I’ve been thinking about coral all week thanks to the prompt and so I pulled out a necklace I strung last year that includes a couple of coral beads.
All the stones in the necklace represent aspects of my astrological natal chart and I looked a long time to find those coral beads. I wanted to be sure to use vintage beads already in circulation so as not to add to the destruction of our already endangered coral reefs. And it just so happened I found 3 beads as part of a tiny stash of broken necklace bits in a resale shop. Another serendipitous find.
It’s good to remember that coral is endangered because of climate change due to the buildup of greenhouse gases which is affecting our oceans so profoundly.
Whenever I think of coral I also think of the poem by Grace Nichols called To My Coral Bones:
of Atlantic coastland
As star is to stone
As tide is to shore
Is just so I hold
to my coral bones.
And long before
some little butterfly,
some little blue messenger
of the soul will ride
the wind to bring
first news to my door.
Lovely isn’t it? While she’s talking about being Caribbean, the image of having coral bones has stuck with me ever since I first read that poem. I’ve come to think that I carry coral bones that are anchored in my own personal sea of being. Just as you do. Just as we all do. Strong and fragile. Fragile and strong.
What colors are speaking to you this week? Have any serendipitous finds? Keep your own stash of flower beads? Think of yourself as The Sea of Me? Do tell – you know I love to hear.