When I first sat down to think about the theme of GREEN, here is what sprang to mind:
grass, trees, fields, weeds, landscapes, recycling, renewal, clean, fresh, simple, calming, eco-friendly, pastures, countryside, stalks, stems, flowers, hillsides, moss, nature, beautiful thoughts, serenity, spinach, peas, apples, pears, green for ‘go’, and my own little creative space which is painted a fresh and minty green.
And then I thought of all the colours that come under the auspices of GREEN.
Olive, pine, chartreuse, sage, bottle, Spring, meadow, mint, forest, emerald…
And then I thought of some associations of GREEN:
Green with envy
Dirty green money
Some of those things are nasty. And they lead me to thoughts of wicked witches with vials of green poison.
But I wanted my collage to embody good green things; the positive connotations.
In the end I took inspiration from the green and verdant space of the Suomenlinna Sea Fortress in Helsinki. There were fields and hillsides of flowers and weeds growing wild as nature planned it, or at least that’s how it seemed. It felt tranquil and natural and beautiful and simple.
I planned out a green background with a tangle of green shoots and stems of flowers and leaves and thought it would be nice to tie that in somehow with recycling. I wanted to use images of the recycling sign as the flower heads. I considered trying to draw one, or searching for one online, or photocopying one from some packaging.
But then a little green brochure came through my door from the council, promoting the recycling targets in my area. It was full of recycling signs and lots of different greens. It was perfect!
So I give you my GREEN collage; my field of flowers and weeds and my message of recycling to ensure we will always have GREEN in our lives:
Materials used: Green handmade paper, council recycling brochure (read and recycled – upcycled – into collage-art), pattern-edged scissors, PVA glue, patience, imagination and many GREEN thoughts.
Thanks so much to Karen at Leaf and Petal for hosting this month’s collage link up on her blog.
This post was originally published on my blog The Magpie Diaries.