Art of The Restful Collage

Nightly Art III

I added a bottle cap and metal from a tin can for the flower..

There are times my collages aren’t ready to tell their story and they need a rest. I patiently and gently put this piece aside and would often look the design, not knowing what story lay ahead. What is it, I asked myself? What story will be told?

On Saturday February 1st, in the late afternoon, I was looking at a gauzy textile scrap with strings attached to the fabric that had a familiar shape. A kite, I thought. Then the memories came flooding back and I knew what story this collage was to tell.

In the 1980’s-early 90’s, my parents were on staff at Clearwater Baptist Church in Clearwater Florida. My parent’s ministry there was memorable and my mother was the Children’s Director and held many events for the children. There have been many changes to the church over the course of its history and the original building is no longer there. I felt deep sorrow when I heard the Old Building was torn down. Anyhow, my mother would contact the city to use Coachman Park that was near the church down by the water front for events. One of the events was, “Come Fly with Me”. We made our own kites and would fly them down at the park and have picnics.

Those were the best times and I remember the feeling of much joy and carefree. How the air smelled of salt from the ocean, the breeze carrying our kites up and up in the sky, soaring to and from. The sounds of laughter and happy chatter from everyone. The kids running around back and forth to their parents and friends, sharing their adventures. Happy times, indeed.

Kite Textile Collage

This textile collage represents that amazing time in my childhood. All is left for the finishing touches are to sew thread through the buttons and to bond the fabrics together with fabric adhesive and cotton thread. -Stephanie

Simply In The Moment

Flower by Me

“Where flowers bloom so does hope.” – Lady Bird Johnson

Last night I started a new painting for one of my Smash Books and it occurred to me that I use a lot of blues and greens. Why am I so engaged to these colors, I ask myself? How do I feel when painting with the many shades of these colors?

Blues and greens remind me of the ocean and sky which I’m extremely in awe of both. These colors are calming to me and give me a sense of deep thought and gives depth and meaning in many areas of our lives. These colors surround us and has many powers. I often think about the many colors our maker in heaven has given us and why.

Lately I have been using the many shades of blues and greens in my projects more often, sometimes without realizing it until I take a step back from my art to observe. Most of my art is this way. That is probably why I create smash books and master boards often. You’re simply in the moment. Yet your expressing your inner thoughts without putting much thought into the process. It’s an extraordinary feeling, I think. -Stephanie

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-Art piece created by Stephanie Hopkins

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Saturday Sunday: Coral Rose Poem

Coral Rose Print Final

Coral Rose sits in beauty and gentility

Silently watching, silently waiting

Coral Rose blushes boisterously

Shinning colors of rose hues

Dependent not on the virtues of others

But only of her own intensity and lightness

Coral Rose sits in beauty and gentility

Silently watching, silently waiting

-Art Piece and Poem created by Stephanie Hopkins

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A Doodle Of Calmness

Doodle master board I EditedGosh, my second blog post. I never do this but wanted to share something. It has been an exhausting work day and I’ve been in a doodling mood so I created a Doodle Master Board. I will use this for various projects. This is not my best work but given how tired I am, it will have to do and it really gave me a sense of calm. I’m going to be slow stitching later on this evening if I can keep my eyes open long enough. Ha!

I don’t know why but I thought of a poem by William Shakespeare, ‘Full Fathom Five’ doodling this. Maybe because it was the thought of sea-change or something like that. Yes, I’m a bit strange. -Stephanie

Full fathom five thy father lies;

Of his bones are coral made;

Those are pearls that were his eyes:

Nothing of him that doth fade,

But doth suffer a sea-change

Into something rich and strange.

Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell:

Ding-dong.

Hark! now I hear them—Ding-dong, bell.

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Supplies used: Tim Holtz Distress Crayons, Tombow Acid Free Brush Pens, Sharpie White Poster Paint Marker, Folk Art and Deco Art Acrylic Paint, baby wipes, Stampabilities Brushed Stripe Background Stamp, Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Painters Tape and Canson Illustration Mixed Media Paper. Can’t wait to see what projects I use this piece with. Master Board meas I will be cutting it down to different sizes to meet my needs.