Catching up on the Little Altars spots. For September’s Full Moon this was my contribution:
September. Oh, what another meandering installment!
I was first inspired more than a month ago with Kathy’s prompt of Spot H – what does H mean? I settled on Harvest. Started to think of fruits, vegetables, and the recipes I was using for plums, pears, apples, tomatoes. I almost posted in spot H a great recipe for a Rustic Plum Cake, but you wouldn’t have been able to read it, and only Beth would get it anyway!
I thought of an illuminated letter H, but realized that my flourishing skills (as well as picturing skills) would not be adequate. I was also inspired by a teeny, tiny piece of flotsam on the living room floor. It was riding on a small, dried, brown maple seed that had been tracked in, and it was a little piece of very shiny, coppery-red tinsel. It took me SEVERAL days to realize it was from a cat toy! But in the meantime, I had decided that the color and the shine needed to be part of the (as it turned out, not-to-be) illuminated letter, so I purchased some copper acrylic ink.
Then, with the colors of the tinsel and Harvest in mind, I headed for my photographs. I found a picture that I took last Fall of nandina leaves on our deck –in my mind a perfect fit. I fussed over whether it should be a soft, fuzzy print on watercolor paper, or a high quality print. I settled for high quality on my favorite paper: Canon Matte Photo Paper. Then I decided to make it pop a little with the copper acrylic ink that I KNEW I was going to use somehow. Then I had to buy a couple more colors and use them!. In the end, the whole thing needed a bit of softening, gussying-up, and dimension, so I added a strand of peridot chips on the bottom.
This is for the gardener, Beth: an embellished photo of nandinas in the Fall!