Thursday, 19 November 2009

These hands...

The new challenge is up at All About Me, and it's entitled 'My Mark'. I had a little think about this one. I don't have any tattoos (I'm scared of needles) so that option was out. I have plenty of scars (I'm accident prone....) but there's no way I'm photographing my Caesarian scar!! I have one tiny birthmark (on my hip) but it's really not very interesting. So I decided to go with the slant of leaving my mark. And that train of thought led me to handprints. And then that led me to thinking about what my hands do. Which led me to lots of messy painty fun!!



The base cardstock is just plain white, and I started by covering my hands with navy acrylic paint and adding my handprints to the page. For the title I printed the words 'these hands' using a stencil font, handcut the letters out, then used the negative to stencil using the same paint. It got a bit splodgy but that was part of the fun :-)

While the paint was drying, after I'd cleaned up a bit, I made a list of some of the things my hands do - just in rough, on a scrap of paper. Wow, it's amazing how busy our hands are when we think about it! I added this list as journaling all around the edge of the handprints and around the edge of the page. (My own handwriting, bleh.... But it couldn't be otherwise, really, on a page about my hands!)



I won't list everything here, but here are a few of the things my hands do:
  • cook dinner for my family, Sunday roast a speciality
  • open letters - I love to receive post, even junk mail
  • operate the remote control for the TV
  • wash, dry, fold and put away (eventually) all our clothes
  • type letters, emails and articles

  • change lightbulbs and do other little DIY jobs
  • do craft - cardmaking, scrapbooking, ATCs, occasionally cross-stitch
  • take photos, especially of my children
  • bake cakes and biscuits
  • fold together in prayer

  • do puzzles - crosswords, logic problems, Hanjie...
  • drive the car
  • wave my children off to school each day
  • make picnics
  • help me to talk! I find it hard to speak without gesticulating!
These hands are now going to be clasped nervously as I'm off to the dentist for a filling (I hate going to the dentist....)

But just before I go, a reminder that something's happening this weekend..... ;-)

23 comments:

Amy said...

Mel, I really did have a LOL at your Caesar remark - I've had two of them and I can tell you .... absolutely NO WAY will that be EVER photographed - just the thought ... shudder!
Good luck at the dentist - I had my first filling two years ago at the ripe old age of half of seventy ... I was petrified, I'll send the 'be a big brave girl' vibe over to you.

Amy said...

That is one fabulous page!

kikimama said...

Fab idae for a LO!

Clair said...

I'm definitely noticing a trend for 'hands' with this prompt! I love the journalling around your hands - looks awesome :)

sharyncarlson said...

Wow, love this. I mean seriously, really love this. I think I have to try something like this!

Sian said...

Good luck at the dentist! Fab page..love the journalling round the hands and the way it made me stop and think about all the things we do in a day.

Ruth said...

A brilliant idea! I also talk with my hands, but am reassured by the fact that talking with your hands is regarded as a sign of open-ness & honesty!

Maria Ontiveros said...

Wow - I love this! What a fabulous idea, and the black & white is just striking.
Rinda

Tammy said...

I love the hand challenge. I think that I'm going to have to do this, it really makes me think. Sorry about the Dentist visit. You know it's really sad but I have several friends who are Dentist or Endodontist and they are such great people but no one wants to go visit them at work!

Photographing Mom said...

Way cool idea!!

The Scrappy Tree said...

LOVE the journalling!

Liberty :) said...

that is a lovely page!

Jennifer Rose said...

good luck at the dentist! :) really good idea writing around your hands, looks good handwritten like that :)

JO SOWERBY said...

i luv this LO really brill idea,
Jo xxx

Kel said...

What can I say that hasn't been said? I agree with all of it. Really striking!

Heather said...

Oh Mel .... hanjie! I love doing hanjies but just dont get the time lately :(
Love the hands on page too & your journalling is great :)

RachelB said...

Great page Mel, I also cannot talk without waving my hands around like a mad women! Hope the dentist visit went ok.

Karen said...

Great idea! Hope all was well at the dentist--not my favorite place either.

Cheryl said...

Wow wow wow Mel fab LO great idea with the journaling around the hands. I am really struggling with this one !

janis said...

this is one cool page!!! i love it - - want to do something like this in the future so thanks so much for the inspiration.

thanks also for playing along with us over at aam!!!

melody said...

whoa..that is rawkin kewl chickie! and love the journaling around the hands ~ what a great way to scrap *memories*

hugz
melody

Melisa said...

Absolutely wonderful alyout. Great idea to use your hands.

Donna said...

I love how you journaled this... what a great layout!