Friday, 4 November 2016

Reach out for AJJ

A journal spread for Susi's fun theme over at
Collage with a twist...... no faces, leaves or wings.

My book is getting very thick and chunky and nearly impossible to get a photo of it open

The background is layers of paints, crayons and stamps.
The hand, is my own, which I drew around and recalled some happy memories of  doing the same thing, with the children in school.

The splashes of white, the  readable quote [not my  handwritten one  beside the hand] were added  digitally.
I even found some letters to use on the hand itself , goodness knows how long I have
 had those in the scrappy box.

The shapes I cut free hand from scraps of embossed card.

A memory came to mind here, this time with a blind  girl.  I met first of all when she was  a Girl Guide , boarding in a school for  Blind children.
She learnt to use her hands like we use our eyes. Introducing her to someone new, always meant having to explain that she would need to touch their face,
 shapes meant a lot to her. 
In case you wonder, she became a teacher herself at the school, which sadly is now closed,

Thank you for calling in to see me today,
you are most welcome
 and your comments are very much appreciated.


  1. Beautiful journal pages, great idea with the hand and the shapes. A lot of special school have been closed here, too, so that kids with handicaps have to travel miles to get to school....Thank for another wonderful spread for AJJ! Have a fun weekend, I am going to bAke some scones. Hugs, Valerie

  2. Great page! It's hard not to include all those "forbidden things", I know just what you mean about thick books as I've got a couple like that, usually end up putting a pair of scissors or doorstop underneath the other side of the book to try and get it a little more level!


  3. So gorgeous spread page Yvonne !! Fabulous background and colours.... shapes, and your hand trying to reach things... Really fabulous !!Happy weekend to you, big hugs. Caty

  4. What a special beautifl collage and great that you remembered that blind girl!
    Art Journaling is a good way to remember, to meditate and to relax -- isn't it?!
    It doesn't matter if the journals get thick - the thicker the better!

  5. This is really good, I like the way you have made the hand with your own and the colourful background with the green and copper(?) shapes in front. Your chunky journal sounds intriguing.

  6. This is wonderful, Yvonne, and the back story about the blind girl is fantastic. I adore the hand as well as the geometric shapes that only touch can distinguish for this girl.

  7. Lots to see on these pages Yvonne and a new style from the norm. Very inspiring

    Love Chrissie xx

  8. A great page Yvonne and good that it brought back some happy memories for you.
    Avril xx

  9. What a fantastic collage! Love the different embossed shapes.
    The background and colours are fabulous too!
    Mar xx

  10. There definitely is a feeling of wanting to reach out and touch the pages - so beautiful.
    Isn't it lovely the memories it brought back to you.

  11. Such beautiful pages and memories you have shared with us today, thank you! You always create such wonderful layers in your art work - I love the paints, crayons and stamps you have used :-). Wishing you a happy weekend! J :-)

  12. Stunning page Yvonne. Love the white highlights.....magical. Beautiful elements.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Hugs Flo x

  13. Fabulous page Yvonne. I love when I find things in my scrap boxes that I can use on my project, it's almost as fun as pulling out your winter coat and finding 10 bucks in the pocket! lol.

  14. Lovely memory for your page. I like the patterns on your hand.

  15. What a great page, with such tactile sense and movement, and how lovely that it called up such strong memories. I well remember the slightly ticklish feeling of drawing around my own hand, and the memory of the blind girl with her strong dependence on touch and her journey to being a teacher is really beautiful.
    Alison x

  16. A wonderful and impressing Art Collage,well done.
    Dear greetings

  17. amazing collage,love this so much.
    have a nice sunday.

    hugs jenny

  18. Fabulous and cool collage Yvonne - this looks a really fun piece to have created
    and it brought back some nice memories. Such a shame about the school closing.
    Hope your weekend going well... Gill xx

  19. What fabulous page Yvonne! I love how you drew round your own hand! The touch theme reminds me of my Great Aunt Liz who used to feel my face every time we went to see her! Hugs, Chrisx

  20. Another lovely page, great ideas.

  21. Cool cut outs for your page. I think you've been having a lot of fun playing with collage. Hope all is well. Hugs Erika

  22. This is again a beautiful page. Great idea.
    Greetings Carola