Sunday, November 27, 2011

Mixed Media and Motherhood...

Hey, everyone!

Jess here today with a Mixed Media project focusing on Motherhood.  I am participating in a 24 week Art Journaling course and this week's assignment was "mother/Motherhood."  I LOVE that subject.

Becoming a mom of my 'fab four' as I always refer to them was the best thing I ever did.  They are my greatest accomplishments and although I have some wonderful childhood memories and wonderful teen/early adult memories that I wouldn't trade for anything, I feel as though my life didn't even begin until the day my first child was born.

My twin boys were upstairs playing in their room last night and the girls noticed me getting out all of my paints/ markers, mixed media 'schtuff' and said "can we help?"  It was my first instinct to say "not this time, guys.." but you know what?  What better assignment to have them participate in than one surrounding my FAVORITE quote by Elizabeth Stone:

"Making the decision to have a child is is to decide FOREVER to have your heart go walking around outside your body"....   

Isn't . that. the. truth.

I started by stamping the flowers and butterfly from the "A Mother's Love" set and watercolored the background using some Gelatos by Faber Castell (LOVE these- you have to try them and they are totally washable/cleanable!)  

The girls were beyond excited to be able to help color in the flowers with my copies.  I did the butterfly but they helped w/ everything else.   They also helped stamp the dots from an Ippity set, "Love in Return".    By this time, the boys had come downstairs so all 4 of them took turns stamping some all over the page in pink ink ;)

I can't think of anything better to share with you this Sunday afternoon, especially after Thanskgiving because I am so grateful for these four amazing little human beings and the wonderful people they are becoming with each passing day.   No better thing to share, either as we embark to the theatre to have my baby girl's (ok, she's 6...but I can still call her a baby, right? ;) birthday party -we are seeing the Muppets!

Have a HAPPY Sunday, everyone!
Thanks for letting me share w/ you!
Jess :)

{Ippity} {Ippity}


Jean said...

Oh - this is just gorgeous!

Marlena M. said...

Awesome testimony to motherhood. ;) I love the look, but I love even more that the kids helped. What a blessing! ;)

Kelley said...

My granddaughter 'helped' me the other day. She is two. I had found some eyelets the other day and had them out. She picked up one of the containers and, of course, they spilled. So we then started putting eyelets into paper, for no reason other than she thougth it was fun. Those are the memories worth keeping.

Oh, and I call my youngest 'my baby' and she doesn't like it. But then she will always be my baby even though she is now 20.

marilyn said...

Beautiful tribute to Motherhood--the layout and the fact that your children helped. AWESOME!

bethann said...

and my second fav quote (after the one you used) is "the days are long but the years are short"

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