Friday, October 12, 2007

Wrapped Emotions 6

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Keep a Crayon Handy

Life is full of texture...physically and emotionally. I love see...physically and emotionally. Scratchy, bumpy,
smooth, woven. Texture stimulates sight as well as touch. We identify emotions
and life events in terms of texture...a bumpy relationship, woven with love,
smooth sailing. Can you name more?

Sometimes taking a photograph of something just doesn't seem like
enough. I want to take part of it with me.This week let's do crayon rubbings.
You will need an unwrapped crayon and thin paper such as tracing paper, onion
skin paper, or tissue paper and your eyes and finger tips.

As this week's prompt came through, I of course, thought of leaves. That is the only crayon rubbing I have ever done. And with all the leaves changing colors and falling to the ground, it would have been easy to quickly get my project completed and move on.
And yet, I didn't want to cop out. So I looked around. I touched. I actually tried a few things. My grass skirt that I received as a thank you from a lady in Yap, Micronesia...didn't really show the texture I wanted. My didn't do the trick either.
Then I noticed "the window" again. I have an old window from our house (we have put new windows in). It had four panes, and I let each of the kids paint one pane and I have it displayed in my classroom. The paint is thicker, and the kids gave it some texture. I thought it would make an interesting piece and hopefully unique. I don't go and visit the other Wrapped Emotions posts until I post mine, that way I cannot use someone else as inspiration.
*Sorry you can't click on a picture and get a closer look. My camera battery is dead--again so these picts were taken by my phone.*


Jenny is Live & in Color said...

Very nice!

But what stood out most is that you've been to Yap! I've been to Yap!!! What are the odds of that? I have a grass skirt and lei. I'm sure we've been to the same places and met many of the same people! I have never "run into" anyone who's even heard of Yap, let alone been there! I'm so excited!

Sheila said...

The window is a great idea!

EA said...

I totally get the "not wanting to cop out" part of your post. I felt the same way when I first noticed only smooth things around me. :o)

Also, that window is so amazing, and the rubbing of it reminds me of what it must be like to "be at sea" in a sailboat. What a beautiful thing to have in your classroom.

Mandaroo said...

I've never heard of Yap, will have to look it up now. Beautiful window that your children painted, it must really mean a lot to you. That's neat that you rubbed something so meaningful.

~ Melody ~ said...

I am always inspired by you, your thoughts, what you and your family do, the window...beautiful. I can imagine the feelings of love, happiness and satisfaction that must well up in your heart when seeing and touching that window.

Nesting Momma said...

so beautiful and your life seems full of life as well! It is beautiful... I went for the leaves couldn't get away from my childhood. hehe

Sara said...

the colors are so vibrant, great job

Kim said...

First of all... how cool that you let your kids paint the window. How fun! I don't read the other posts until after I have posted mine either, for exactly the same reason. Cool!

Kim @ TheBitterBall

~Melissa~ said...

What a fun idea! It's so colorful!!

jenny-up the hill said...

I'm like you...I have to post my work first before I go out and see others too...

I think the window is so neat and I think to use it for this assignment was perfect! Neat!

Phyllis Sommer said...

i also try so hard not to look at the others til i get mine up, but sometimes i know that i'm not going to get mine up til the end of the week and i won't have time to see them all before it's all over and the new week is starting...argh!

yours is so beautiful. i love the color, and i love the way you interpreted the idea of texture...