She who reconciles the ill-matched threads of her life
and weaves them gratefully into a single cloth - It is she who drives the loudmouths
from the hall and clears it for a different celebration.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Just so you know, this is one of my favorite quotes of all time.
Leafing through my amazing twenty-five cent vintage poetry book yesterday I found this image of a lovely lady, waiting patiently to be added to my art journal. She looks like a girl who has reconciled the ill-matched threads of her life, don't you think? I don't know that she looks grateful, but she definitely looks peaceful, even though it appears that a cockatoo is about to land on her face.
And here she is in her new surroundings...woven cloth and all.
The background is made of strips of recycled sari silk. Did you know if you coat both sides of a piece of fabric with watered down gel medium you can cut and use it like paper in a collage? It's not an exact science, but I'd say about a 50/50 ratio of water to gel medium should do the trick. Lay wet fabric on parchment or wax paper so it will pull up easily when dry.
I prefer using silk because it is very lightweight and smooth, allowing it to accept paint easily. It really feels and cuts a lot like paper.
The rest of the page came together very quickly. I like the way that blue haze surrounding our girl makes her look kind-of glowy... like gratitude is just oozing from her pores. No wonder the loudmouths are clearing out. They never had a chance against all those peaceful, grateful vibes.
I wrote in this post a few days ago that gratitude is a game changer. A grateful life is alive with hope and possibilities. Gratitude washes away strife, leaving peace in its place.
Today I'm thinking about how our gratitude affects others. If you express your joy over something or tell me about a blessing in your life we both benefit. Your gratitude brings you greater peace and contentment while it helps me recognize my own joys and blessings.
Gratitude Expressed = Gratitude Multiplied
I have an entire circle of friends sharing their thoughts about gratitude and being thankful today and we're linked up in a blog circle. If you follow the link provided in each post you will visit a dozen or so blogs from around the world and end up right where you started...here! That's a lot of gratitude multiplied!
Today I'm linking to Laly Mille, an amazing mixed media artist from
She shares her beautiful artwork and sweet insights on her blog, Lalyblue. Please take a moment to
check out what Laly has to say about gratitude and see her stunning paintings
and assemblage art! Enjoy! France
Also linking up all of November with :