Now is the time
Now is the time to free the heart
Let all intentions and worries stop
Free the joy inside the self
Awaken to the wonder of your life.
Now is the time...to have fun with collage!
I often write down random words, quotes and proverbs that I like in my sketch book and I usually, but not always write the source. I think this is a celtic blessing. If you know where it comes from let me know. Everyone around me is full of stress these days! I am too, but sometimes I can just let it all go. I think meditating is giving me more control over my own mind. Meditating is one of those things that you've got nothing to lose by trying. I'm always up for those. Last year my hormones decided that I should have acne, for the first time in my life. Yep, and I'm not anywhere near being a teenager. The doctor was recommending antibiotics, which I didn't want to do, and then I read that you washing with raw honey was the best thing for your face. The article said, "you've got nothing to lose!" Actually I lost the acne! My face started improving imediately. Meditating is similar. I thought to myself it was probably not going to do anything, but I was amazed. All those bees and tibetan monks are right! I recommend meditation to everyone who's too busy and stressed. I try to fit in ten minutes every morning and I'm totally surprised at how much it helps. It's still not easy, but I'm getting much better at freeing my heart and letting all the intentions and worries stop because life is a wonder. We might as well enjoy it
I'm working on a new print which was originally going to have several plates for different colours. Then I hit upon the idea of masking areas with paper. This saves a lot of carving and lino and I have no idea why I didn't think of this before! It's easy and you can use the same piece of paper over and over. You just take the paper off when you are rolling on the ink and then put it back before you put your paper on. I apologise to those of you who aren't printing nerds. I have very little training in printmaking so I dream about this stuff at night. Sad but true.
Some of these prints are made on this gorgeous brown Nepalese handmade paper. I'm going to have to get more of this! I see another trip to the Paper Place in my future.
I haven't quite finished with these yet. They need to be signed and titled. There are some one white paper too. I'm hoping to get them into my Etsy soon : )
© Laurel Martin 2010