Sunday, 26 April 2020

Rainbow Collage Craft

Hi everyone.

We need rainbows more than ever at the moment, don't we? There is something about their bright colours, their simple shape and their symbolism of hope which is perfect for these scary times. So it's no surprise really that the rainbow seems to have become the agreed artistic symbol of the fightback against the coronavirus pandemic and I've certainly enjoyed looking at the various rainbow artwork that has appeared in windows, doors and on driveways when I've been talking my regular walks around the area where I live.

Coronavirus Rainbow, March 31 2020.
Photo Credit: CC (themostinept )

Here are three things you might not know about rainbows:

1. The word 'rainbow' comes from two Old English words 'regn' and 'boga' meaning 'rain' and 'bow'.

2. Although rainbows feature a lot in ancient literature and religious mythology, no one knew what they were until the 17th century.

3. Because rainbows don't actually exist (sorry!) and are just a "virtual image" of the sun, in theory we all see a different rainbow.

There are more fascinating facts and information about rainbows in this article if you are interested in finding out more about them.

Well, I've seen enough lovely rainbows recently, both in the sky and on the street, to feel inspired to create some rainbow artwork of my own and this is a piece of digital art that I designed from a greetings card I bought at my local shops just before lockdown.

Rainbow Wall Art
Final Image Design by Melissa Lawrence

I've also created a rainbow collage sheet which is now available to download from my Etsy shop. You can print it out as many times as you like and use it for cardmaking, collages, window art or whatever you fancy. It's great for crafting with kids, too.

Rainbow Collage Sheet
Final Image Design by Melissa Lawrence

And here are a couple of  sample cards I made using some of the elements from the collage sheet.

Sample Rainbow Cards by Melissa Lawrence

Also, there are some great ideas online for doing rainbow collage art with kids if you are looking for things to keep them busy and creative at the moment. Here is just one example I found for you:

Anyway, I do hope that you are managing to stay safe and well at the moment and please, don't give up on chasing your own metaphorical rainbows, however hard it seems the moment. We will get there in the end.

Stay creative!

Melissa x

Sunday, 5 April 2020

Free Easter Collage Sheet

Hi everyone.

It's hard to believe that less than three months after I last wrote a post for this blog, we would be in the middle of a global pandemic. But unfortunately we are, so I do sincerely hope that wherever you are and whatever you are doing you are managing to keep safe and well.

Like many "creatives" I have been wondering whether I should put my work on hold during the pandemic and of course, if I get sick, I shall have to. I think that many of us have probably contemplated giving up what may seem to us (and other people!) like "non-essential" jobs and doing something that seems more important. However, apart from the fact that I'd be about as useful as a wasp in a honey jar for most of these jobs, we probably need the pleasure, light relief and inspiration that creativity can bring, more than ever right now.

It's still OK to be creative

So a week or two ago I made a list of things I felt I could do through my creative work to help other people and sprinkle some "creative magic". I'm gradually working my way through my list although everything seems to be taking a lot longer than usual at the moment, doesn't it?

Anyway, one thing I have now done is to put a link on my designing website to a FREE Easter Collage Sheet that I have designed and which you are welcome to download, print out as many times as you like and use to craft with. Easter may not seem like all that much of a priority this year but if you do want to find some pretty Easter images for cardmaking, scrapbooking or home decor projects, please head over to my website. You could get the kids involved too. Ideal for keeping them busy during the "lockdown" period.

Easter Collage Sheet designed by Melissa Lawrence

Sorry, this collage sheet is no longer available as a free update but you can purchase it from my Etsy shop as an instant download instead.

And let's hope that next time I post there is a tiny speck of light at the end of this dark tunnel.

Please stay safe, stay well and stay indoors.

Melissa x