This is how the encaustic finally turned out that I shared a few days ago. I decided to incise a hand over collaged paper and to add texture to the borders. It is definitely done now. The upraised hand is a gesture that symbolises safety. Not that we ever feel safe (our genes have prepared us for danger), but that in fact nature is a closed system and we are safely within its boundaries.
I am scurrying around today filling boxes and boxes with materials to take to Diane's tomorrow in preparation for the two Artful Journal classes I'll be teaching there this Saturday and Sunday. I just received news that one of our students had a death in the family overnight and so there is a spot available for either day if you are in the area. The chapbooks I prepared are shown above and the student packets are shown below.
I still have to drive to 3 locations for the rest of the materials to go into the kits. I figured it was better for one person to burn gasoline than for all of us to shop shop shop for the same items. Thus the boxes and boxes.
My compadre katie will join us for one and maybe both days in class. I am so excited to see her again. It's been 3 months since our last par-tay and that is too long without her warm smile. We have participants coming from neighboring states as well as the Portland area; I am so excited to have a play date with my friends. Pictures to follow next week. We will be up to our elbows in delicious journaling. It is my favorite form of self-expression and prayer.