These ATC's use another of my waste paint backgrounds (what else?), and the Tim Holtz Scratch background stamp. The face is mine.
I was messing around with a five year old friend, B, taking photos - then turning them into colouring in pictures for him ( a feature of my Kodak software), when he suggested I do some of me. This is a photo I took of myself a few months ago. I printed them on ink jet transparencies, transferred them to the background and then let my mind wander ... The green text on the top right says "imagination". The journalling was a memory.
I know a fabulous boy (he's 10 now) who is wise beyond his years and very, very kind. As a toddler her was the same - which led to many, many laughs. I remember crossing the road with J and him stopping. Dead still. Just before we stepped off the foot path. He looked carefully left and right, and looked a little puzzled, then did it again, all the while muttering left and right. I did not hurry him - figuring crossing the road safely was important. Eventually J said, "If that
is left and that is right, which way is wrong?" I remember answering lightly, "Crossing without looking is wrong" and all the time admiring the thought process of the four year old.
But I digress. The journalling. I think it was that same night that J said, "Where do I go when I sleep?", I explained his body stayed and his mind dreamed. That was not what he was looking for, he said, "I am awake and I know that I am here, when I am asleep I do not know that I am here - so I must be somewhere else - but where?" I had no answer, but the theme was playing in my head last night.
If it seems a little odd that I know so many boys, then let me tell you that three of my closest friends have 10 boys between them, ranging from 19 to 2 - and being friends with Mums means sharing their lovely children.