When I heard the news I knew I needed to take action. To create something just for him.
I learned a long-time, trusted blogging friend lost some friends in a tragic car accident late last summer. That explained his "silence" and why I hadn't heard from him for several months afterwards.
He tends to shut down and close himself off from others during times of great loss. And being a fellow artist that is detrimental when creating art.
So I wanted to send him some Mail Art as a gentle reminder to be part of the world again.
Here is what I mailed out to him (it's reflecting the cloudy sky!).....
Specialty papers on backing board - 4" x 6 3/4" (NFS)
An aspen leaf was traced onto backing board (used for storing comic books) which was carefully cut out revealing the intricate shape.
I love those stamps grouped together like that!
The address side was lined with patterned origami paper and once again trimmed down to size.
Metallic silver paper was then glued to the other side.....
See me taking the picture?
Using colored permanent markers, I wrote down all the words I wanted to say to him:
Create. Paint. Hope. Dream. Believe. Fly. Survive. Live. Laugh. Feel!! Love.
The thing I LOVE about the metallic paper is that it's highly reflective....almost like a mirror! So when he reads the words he's essentially reading them to his own reflection.
And if you turn the leaf upside down it becomes an impromptu heart.
I'm happy to report that I not only hear from this blogger regularly now but that he's creating art again too. In his own words, he's back to the land of the living and has been "reawakened".