And this morning, I stopped into Michael's just to wander around and see what I could find. I picked up this set of clear acrylic alphabet stamps, some PITT pens (one large one in white), and a new mixed-media journal. When I got home, I started to play!
For some reason, when I placed this photo onto the batik ripple-print fabric below, the words ". . . life is but a dream"from "Row, row, row your boat" popped into my head and I knew I wanted to stamp or print them on there somehow. The acrylic stamps I got were perfect! I didn't mount them on blocks, but just cut them apart and painted the letters with white acrylic paint. I must say, I'm very pleased with the results - it's the exact feel I was going for.
I had also sketched a rowboat, which I traced onto the fabric using a light box and an air-soluble marker. Then I painted in the boat, leaving the fabric below to act as an outline, so the boat looks almost translucent and kind of dreamy, like a memory. I'm not sure yet how I'll stitch on the fabric photo; I'm mulling over the various options.
Here's a close-up of the boat. I'm really happy with how it turned out.
I think this all ties into my feelings about summer in general. I'm probably not the only one who looks back with great fondness on the summers of childhood. So as I'm exploring what summer means to me, different images and colors are floating up to the surface of my mind and memory. I'll just keep going with it and see where it takes me...