Saturday, May 19, 2012

Lines, Lines, Lines

My inspiration for Pam's "Lines and Angles" book came from my 12 year old niece, Lailan.  Our family traveled to Ireland in 2009 (when she was 9) and she wrote a poem about the things she remembered and loved about Ireland:

I Remember
by Lailan Uy

I remember the lush green gardens
The cold stone floors of the castles
The white sand of beaches
I remember the smell of smoke coming from the chimneys
The beauty of the flowers
The delicious and exotic foods
I remember my peaceful place
I remember Ireland

To showcase the "lines" of Lailan's poem, I pulled out different shades of green colored tissue paper.  I tore the green tissue into long, thin strips which I glued down with watered down Elmer's glue.  As I arranged the tissue from dark (bottom) to light (top), I realized that I was creating a background that resembled the Irish landscape. 
There, it is green as far as the eye can see!  In fact, I have heard that there are over a hundred words for "green" in Ireland...

Next, I printed out Lailan's poem onto cardstock that I colored with a green stamp pad.  I cut out each word and arranged the lines of poetry across the green tissue landscape.  I decorated the spread with fun, felt embellishments. I have to admit that this spread doesn't have the look or feel of my other work, but the look I created truly reminds me of my niece.  She will absolutely LOVE it--and be tickled that I used her poem in this spread!


  1. Lorena, this is absolutely precious. I love that you let the words inspire your piece. It's a treasure.

  2. What a lovely poem and she has a really wonderful name.You can really feel the poetry in your image.