|(by Cathy - 3D bathing belle emerging from the sequinned waves)|
Early in the summer, three brave bloggers conspired to throw their artistic insecurities to the winds and take part in a 'tag swap'. Cathy from Menopausal Musing, Lesley from PrintedMaterial, and me. We selected the topic of 'Beside the Seaside' with four headings: On the Prom, On the Beach, Seaside Memories, Favourite Seaside Resort and every couple of weeks we would send each other a tag illustrating the current heading.
|(by Lesley - witty use of paint chips, Scrabble tiles and vintage knitting patterns - what a hunk!)|
Part of the intention was to try and challenge ourselves to do something unfamiliar, out of our normal comfort zone. Making something experimental to send off to someone else was exciting, but it was also rather nerve-wracking, even though I knew that Lesley and Cathy were not going to be sitting in judgement on what they received.
|(Cathy's sand sculpture at her favourite resort)|
We hardly knew each other and I did want to make them tags that they would be pleased to have. Fortunately I did manage to relax and have some fun as the weeks went by! It was amazing to see how we all interpreted the themes: sometimes simultaneously tuning into similar ideas, other times chosing quite unexpected methods.
(by Lesley - heady nostalgia, seashells and starfish)
|(by Cathy - who has a worrying tendency to set fire to things..)|
I'd be so pleased if you visited Cathy's and Lesley's blogs to see some more examples of the tags that we swapped. It's been so much fun taking part and I feel so lucky to have received some wonderful pieces of original art to enjoy and treasure.
And, more than that, to have had the opportunity to get to know these two lovely ladies better and to have made some new friends. What could be more rewarding?
|(Lesley's folded book tag taking strolls around Sidmouth, with vintage ladies)|