I have just been doing an online course called Pathways and Wanderings with mixed media artist Roxanne Evans Stout which I found full of inspiration. I produced this book on the Four Seasons. First I used a combination of watercolour paper and Khadi paper for the pages and to give more substance to the Khadi paper I brushed on a layer of gesso. Then I collaged all the different items until I was happy with each page.
The final spread, as I had 2 blank pages left:
I attached a little tag for each season with writing about that season on the back. It hangs down on to the appropriate page.
Winter, when the earth sleeps and life slows down, longing for Spring. Snowdrops throw their light across the dark soil.
Spring light returns and myriad shades of green push through the soil. Yellow flowers are everywhere and the birds sing all day.
Summer long days of summer warmth and bright light. Lazy days to enjoy. Profusion of colours, flowers, insects, birds.
Autumn mists and mellow fruitfulness, the birds help themselves. Colours changing from green to reds and golds, then browns as the land gradually returns to sleep.
The four seasons in the garden, always changing, always something new.
The back cover:
The good thing about this project was that I used only things that were in my studio – I plundered my stashes of fabrics and papers (most of these previously dyed or coloured by myself), paper napkins, plant material, feathers, photographs, collected sea glass, beads, some in polymer clay that I had made, including the plaque on the cover and a lots of bits from previous projects.
I also resolved to make a larger composition for each season, with Winter so far the only one completed.
My home in winter: