Tuesday 19 July 2011

Ahead of the game!

Those of you that pop in now and again will have read my blog posts about the fact that I am behind with whatever course I've committed to, but today I'm going to reveal a first!
I am a week ahead of myself with the Color of Summer.   This week is red (and although this journal entry might well fit this week's challenge), Kristin has revealed that next week is:

(Monday July 25 - Sunday August 1st)

"But, luckily, he kept his wits and his Purple crayon."
- from Harold and the Purple Crayon (1955)

Will there be a bonus challenge with Purple?
Um. Hum. And let's be honest: this one's really for me ;) Should you like to give it a go, your Bonus! challenge for Purple week is to bring on the sparkle and shine . . . You may use anything that would stop a deer in it's tracks . . . fine glitter, chunky glitter, glass glitter, crystals, beads, shiny discarded embellishments (like the flip flop above ;), glass holiday ornaments . . . I could go on . . . you get the picture . . .

So here is my purple page:

And here are the words by Jenny Joseph that are journaled on the page:
When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat that doesn't go, and doesn't suit me,
And I shall spend my pension
on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals,
and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I am tired,
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells,
And run my stick along the public railings,
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick the flowers in other people's gardens,
And learn to spit.
You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat,
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go,
Or only bread and pickle for a week,
And hoard pens and pencils and beer mats
and things in boxes.
But now we must have clothes that keep us dry,
And pay our rent and not swear in the street,
And set a good example for the children.
We will have friends to dinner and read the papers.
But maybe I ought to practise a little now?
So people who know me
are not too shocked and surprised,
When suddenly I am old
and start to wear purple!

I stencilled the numbers onto the page and then coloured them with a Sennelier Pearl Oil Pastel.  I sprayed Dylusions purple paints over the whole page and red on the hat which I found as clipart on the internet.   When all this was dry I drew over the numbers with Lime Ice Stickles.  I cut the flower with the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die.  


  1. Oh I love that poem and the page is great.

  2. I love this page, reminds me of The Red Hat Society as well.

  3. Love this page and the poem. How much fun we shall all have!

  4. I just love, love, love that poem. It has really made me smile. Your book is looking amazing

  5. Hey Bernice that is gorgeous love it, so pretty and sparkley and one of my fave colours !!!

  6. Love your sparkly journal page. That poem is one of my favorites too! :) nan

  7. I love your journal spread! Lovely and fun at the same time!
    Jessi xox

  8. oh...this is perfect....perfectly purple page...lol..that poem is a classic,,,xxx

  9. Terrific spread, love it. Annette x

  10. Isn't it lovely that there are Red Hat Society ladies all over the world! Love your page. Julie

  11. I've always loved that poem - more so now that I'm approaching that age :) Great page and way to use such a long piece of text.

  12. Perfect piece for our purple week! Love the words as well :) xo Joanna

  13. I love it! I like all the numbers in the background.

  14. Hi Bernice! your journal spread and poem are beautiful!

  15. i adore this poem, and i love how you incorprated the numbers....really good purple page!

  16. oh goodness, this is fun! great poem!

  17. Oh this is so much fun! I love your page and love that you shared your inspiration with us - I've been smiling this whole post - and now I get the Red Hat society - thank you for sharing your art and beautiful spirit with us, xo

  18. I love this page. I have always like this poem. The silver glitter and shimmer looks so beautiful against the purple.

  19. Great pages! Like the way you have journalled the words of the poem over your pages...and guess what I was inspired by the same fab poem for my purple piece too :)

  20. Yah for purple and the poem which expresses what so many of us want!


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