Hi there. Happy Sunday everyone. Hope your weekend is going well.
I'm back with another page for Mia, also known as Craftartista's butterfly challenge at Art Journal Journey.
There's still a few days left to join us if you're interested.
Today I have a page from my gardening journal. It has a tropical theme because when I was cutting out images for a different page, I cut more than I needed. I thought I would use them with some other images and make a page about natural memory.
If you look up natural memory on the internet you find advertisements and research for keeping your memory working as you age, as well as finding out about memory in general. This quote I used in my art was on a piece of scrapbook paper along with animals and plants. I'm sure it refers to how connecting with nature keeps us healthier and more connected to the earth. It also means being able to read nature and use that information. Even with all our human discoveries and inventions, we are still a part of nature.
In case you haven't heard of natural memory, a quote from an internet search that didn't want to sell me memory improvers or give me brain research said:
Being in nature, or even viewing scenes of nature, reduces anger, fear, and stress and increases pleasant feelings. Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, it contributes to your physical well being, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones.
I started my page by using matte medium and a strip of green paper. I used a stencil and some various paints and modeling paste to create my background. Then I used some TH images as well as my left overs from a Grahpic 45 sheet of paper to complete the basic layout. I finished with just a few sequins.
Hope you like it.
And as a few of you were curious about my latest bee check, here's a few photos.
The white comb at the very top is honey. Most of the yellow comb is capped off worker bee pupa. Looks like there should be bees hatching out and adding to the numbers in the hive soon. That is a good thing as it means the hive is flourishing and the queen is laying eggs. (I still couldn't notice her, but since there is more capped off comb that means she had to be there to lay eggs.)
I also added the second hive box on also. Once that starts to fill up it will be time to add my honey super. I don't plan on getting any honey this season as my bees (since they are starting to scratch) will need it to get through the winter. The beekeeper I spoke with the other day told me he always collections honey in the spring, taking whatever is left after the bees winter over. I thought that was a pretty good idea for this cold winter climate.
The week ahead is going to be a busy one for me. My daughter is on vacation, and she is planning on being home for the early part of the week, leaving, and then she and her beau will be back for at least part of the July 4th long holiday weekend. It should be fun though, as my daughter and I have a few "girl days" planned for the first part of the week.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a great start to the new week.