Grungy Backgrounds

We got to talking today about backgrounds and how I find many of mine are of the grunge style. I enjoy working with gesso soooo much. It makes the page like velvet (once sanded) and so I thought I’d share some of mine with you. Beats trying to write a lengthy post after ball class, conditioning, and then shovelling for an hour. You know snow, you can’t let it get too far ahead of you!

Anyway I hope you enjoy a peek into my journal.

I’ll post a few more pages each day for the rest of the week, so as not to get the page too image heavy and slow to download. I know, it’s 2011, but some of my friends in the rural area around here are still on a much slower download speed and I don’t want to leave them out.

The pink spread is a tribute to my mum. The pink is because what finally killed her was cancer.

The text is from an article about heart surgery and the pioneers in the development of innovative treatments for heart disease. The teacup was cut from a huge picture of the very first pacemaker. My mum was on her second pacemaker and when she had it implanted she told me that if I didn’t

mind that she didn’t want a third. Since that was 10 years off I assured that I’d honor that wish. I never got the chance. I wish I had.

To the right is a detail of the left side of the spread.

But the quote I found is the real salute to her. She lives inside my brain and heart as well as the brains and heart of each of her grandchildren, who I am sure miss her as much as I do. I know you’d do up this season with a lot more fanfare than I do, mum, but I always light a candle for you and Frosty the snowman will be lit in your honour! Hold on! I’m coming. Keep a cozy space for me wherever you are.

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