Hi everyone. Happy Friday to you.
I was away for a couple of days earlier this week, and even though I was only gone for 2 1/2 days, it's taken me a good day to get back in the groove of being home. Funny how a couple of days with different scenery can get you out of your normal routine so quickly.
Today I have some art to share with you.
First of all, I have a collaged page for Nicole's Friday Face Off.
I made this in a journal that has ledger style pages. I added a piece of Gelli printed deli paper on the right, a black die cut flower, the TH man and this art quote. I thought the man looked like he might be an artist in his cool leather bomber jacket which is why I picked this quote. I also had just a small amount of black paint left in the bristles of my brush when I added these, and that created that smokey tint to the middle of my page.
And for Chris' challenge at Art Journal Journey, I have the following page.
You probably know, but this month the challenge is When We Were Young.
For this page I used the same Dylusions stencil as my journal page from Monday's post. I traced each of the children's figures on some polka dot paper, and then I fussy cut them out.
Childhood shouldn't be so dark, so I added some bright colored "art by Marlene" punch outs and also the quote.
My page was inspired by the idea that young children are truly themselves, and only as they grow and then become pre-teens and teenagers do they start to change a bit to fit in with others. Of course, not all teenagers care if they fit in. And even when kids conform with the clothes they wear or the games they play or by doing something their friends are all doing, they are still individuals. I remember when I hit junior high or what they now call middle school, the pressure to conform was crazy. I was never one of the cool kids, but I didn't want to be the odd duck either.
Thank goodness that as we get older we can be ourselves again, even if we lose so many wonderful things that were part of childhood.
I'm also linking up my post to GIllena's Friday Lunch Break.
That's all for me today. Have a great start to the weekend.