Hello everyone, and happy Saturday! We are getting really close to the end of the month now but I do have another language inspired page to share with you today. This time it is all about the mysterious language of crochet!
As you know, I am Guest Hosting the May challenge over on Art Journal Journey this month and my chosen theme is…
Once upon a time I tried to teach myself how to crochet but I never really got very far or past doing single crochet and chain stitch, so that was very limiting. Any time I looked at a pattern in a magazine it was filled with coded charts and abbreviations for things I didn’t know about. That was when I was a kid, luckily something eventually clicked and I could understand the secret codes, but I still remember when I couldn’t understand them at all. It is very much like a secret language of codes and symbols and abbreviations and you have to be a member of the secret society of crochet to understand it all. LOL So my page today features a background of crochet patterns in their different forms, some stencilled runes that remind me of crochet symbols, and some of my crochet cotton flowers.
Here’s a few process photos to show how it came together, just click them to see a larger version…
After all the collaging, I added some gesso to the page but then I decided to make the page blue instead using this blue fluid acrylic. As I was looking at the page and wondering what to do next, I was thinking that some of the crochet stitches reminded me of runes, so I grabbed this rune stencil and some texture paste and added some runes!
I added some white acrylic ink and really wanted to add magenta but I kept resisting, so I added some gold instead, but still felt it was missing some COLOUR so I ended up adding the magenta after all lol. I copied out a meme about crochet that I think is funny, and then added some white crocheted flowers. Funny thing was that when I started this page, I was going to use some yellow crocheted flowers that I made, but then the page went off in a different colour direction and so the yellow flowers no longer fit, so I had to go with white, luckily I had three already made. Since I added flowers, I also drew some stems and leaves using a black pencil, and used the same pencil to draw some of the crochet stitch symbols I think look like runes.
Here are some closer looks, click for bigger…
Since we’re talking crochet, here’s something I am currently crocheting for a friend’s birthday. They will be little nesting baskets when they are finished. I’m halfway through the second of three baskets.
Oh and since we’re talking journal pages, here is a little flower journal band I made for one of my journals to keep it closed.
And that’s enough crochet for today!
Only a few more days left to join me at Art Journal Journey this month. Language is all about communication, and I would love to see you communicate using language on your pages, in whatever form you choose. I have a lot of ideas for language-inspired spreads to share with you over the course of this month, so do keep checking back if you need some inspiration or ideas, or even just to say hi! I can’t wait to see what you do with this month’s theme and I will be dropping by to see all your lovely creations.
Let me know what you think in the comments, and if you like to crochet, let me know that too. As always, thanks for reading!
My handmade journal containing 200gsm watercolour paper, crochet patterns for collage, matte gel medium, white gesso, manganese blue, black fluid acrylic, magenta, white, gold acrylic ink, rune stencil, texture paste, black pencil, black card, white gel pen, white crocheted flowers, glue,
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