Saturday, February 21, 2015

Journal 52, Week 8: Aromatherapy

I'm joining Chelle today at Journal 52, where Week 8's prompt is Aromatherapy.

This week is all about scent and smell.

Normally, with a quote this long, I would run my used file folder through my printer.  But I can't do that this week, because I have lacy ribbon, as well as a bandaged and three bubble hearts on the opposite side of this spread.
I outlined each of the words with these twistables I've had for years.  They were given to me by my art friend Dana, who thought I might like them because they are easy to grip.  I had some problems getting the caps off the twistables, though, which may be why I haven't used them much.  And they are greasy, leave flakes that rub off onto whatever touches them, and lay down color anywhere they are touched.  No chance to lift the crayon without it leaving a mark.

Having said that, I forged ahead with the wording I outlined, after laying down two colors of lavender acrylic paint on my file folder substrate.

I tried to find a few images that would match the words of the quote,

while also trying to use different colors of twistables on the words.

Forgive my inability to properly draw a peach.  Originally I was going to try to mix the yellow and orange colors to get a nice peachy color, but found they don't mix too well together.

The heart is one I colored using acrylics, then used a heart shaped punch.  The number 8 is for week eight.

A couple of magazine images completed the spread.

I thought a photo showing the various images might help.

And finally, who better to understand scents and aromas than Helen Keller.

In case you had trouble following the quote:
"Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles and all the years you have lived.  The odors of fruits waft me to my southern home, to my childhood frolics in the peach orchard.  Other odors cause my heart to dilate joyously.    Even as I think of smells, my nose is full of scents of summers gone and ripening fields far away.” 
~ Helen Keller
 And one final look at the completed journal page.

As always, I am grateful for your visit.  It means so much to me.  Thanks, too, for your continued support of my art.  Your comments keep me going, even if my scanner still isn't (working that is).

12 thoughtful remarks:

froebelsternchen Susi said...

An amazing page Elizabeth!
I can smell all the fragrance !

xxx Susi

TwinkleToes2day said...

Fabulously done Elizabeth. I followed along quite easily and let my imagination conjure up the scents and aromas. I think you depicted the quote extremely well ((hugs)) :o)

Krisha said...

What a great tribute to Helen Keller! Her story is one of may ALL TIME favorites, and what you did with her quote just blows me away!

pearshapedcrafting said...

What a glorious page! Really uplifting just to see it - image the aromas too and this could be a cure - all! I do hope it has made you feel better my dear Elizabeth!
Love that Helen Keller quote and your page is the perfect way to share it! Hugs, Chrisx

Rita said...

What a perfect quote for this challenge! Sorry the twistables didn't work very well for you. It still turned out to be a good page spread. :)

see you there! said...

Enjoyed the quote and your page. Never heard of Twistables. Good entry for the challenge. You might have noticed I've dropped out. Already.


Anonymous said...

Scent is such an i,portant part of our existance. It transports us to so many places without having to move an inch. Nothing loke a fresh, ripe peach. xox

Shel C said...

Scents can sure bring you to all sorts of lovely memories. I remember the smell of the lilacs outside my childhood window and I just smelled it on a lady the other day in the grocery Weird association I know. Found your blog through the links at Journal52 :)

johanna said...

the Quote depicted is so right.. the ability to smell can´t be appreciated high enough and it leads us in so many ways...

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Fantastic quote from HK and I really like what you did with it. I can almost smell the flowers and that peach just makes me think of summer!

Monica said...

Such perfect text for this prompt.

Sally said...

A great quote to create such a fun page!