Grandmother M made vanilla cookies which were a cross between sugar cookies and shortbread. My father and I would go straight for the kitchen for cold milk and the cookie jar! This even before sitting down to visit with grandparents in the formal living room.
Grandma G always had a big jar full of fresh chocolate chippers. How she kept that jar full I have no idea considering how many grandchildren she had running around. Somehow she always did it. As I became a little older I often stayed with her on holidays and made the cookies with her.
It is interesting to me how these women who were so important in my life showed the warmth of their love through baking. And how I now do this too. I wanted to make a art journal spread today about how I was feeling warm and happy with the memories of my grandmothers this morning. It just so happens my page with fit perfectly with the November challenge over at the Creating and Sharing Mixed Media Art The challenge prompt being 'Warmth' :)
I started out the idea for the page by thinking about the cookie recipes that were standard for the grandmothers and also the most popular one in my house...linking together all of us. I wrote them down on index cards with a permanent ink...and then made them look used and warn with sponged on inks and blots and fingerprints.
Once I decided I had enough deli paper printed to cover my journal pages, I started to tear them up and collage them to my pages using gel medium and a stiff brush. I just used my powers of randomness and I loved the way the background turned out.
Next I put on the recipe cards I had prepared. I added some shading using my favorite black water soluble pencil. After that I added some hand drawn and painted in hearts using the same acrylic colors. I added some white gesso around the hearts to make them stand out more and then added in shadows using the water soluble pencil again.
My next step was to add stamping using a large and a small sized set of rubber stamps and a black archival ink pad. Then I put on the COOKIES... These were cut out of some hand painted papers I had for the paper paintings I make. I made 3 different types of 'paper cookies' to fit in with the recipes and collaged them on using gel medium. Then again I added shadows using my trusty black water soluble pencil. I hope you enjoy my page and can feel the love and warmth of my Grandmothers.