Sunday, 15 November 2015

Paperartsy 2013 - 21. Abstract

Good morning, and welcome to another challenge from Paperartsy - Abstract.  A wide open challenge to stretch the mind... but the awful tragedy in Paris on Friday night is the starting point for this journal page.

I was talking to my friend Sam on FB last night and it turns out that the sites of the restaurant and rock concert attacks were really close to where we stayed in Paris when we went to Version Scrap last year  - I had thought the streets looked familiar on the news, but then there are lots of streets like that all over the city. It makes it all so much more real, when you can completely relate to something like this.

I have no step by step photos, this came together really fast this morning.... hence, it's not my finest work, but it just had to go down on the page.

I started with red white and blue, the colours of the French flag (and our own of course)

the raindrops stencil represent the tears we shed for all who have lost loved ones  (not just in Paris, but anywhere) due to such dreadful attacks.

the sentiment is from Dina Wakely's hearts set, and the eye, is by Limor Webber for Indigo Blu



Mark and Leandra's daughter Courtney was in Paris at the time, but safe and is now back home, for which we are all grateful.

Entering this to the Paperartsy Abstract challenge 

18 comments:

sam21ski said...

Very fitting xxx

Twiglet said...

So late getting round desks this week! Your Paris tribute is lovely - such an awful event in that beautiful city. x Jo

Hazel Agnew said...

Well done Helen....fitting tribute! X

Julie Ann Lee said...

Very powerful, Helen and I really understand that need to just get it down on the page. A powerful abstract like this is the very best way to express what is inexpressible in words. xx

Sarah B said...

A lovely page inspired by truly shocking events xx

craftimamma said...

Totally fitting page Helen!

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Chris Cresswell said...

This is a lovely idea and one we can all 'do' when we feel so helpless in the face of such atrocities: Lebanon, Paris, Syria. I love the thoughts behind this Helen.

pearshapedcrafting said...

A beautiful tribute spread Helen! I know what you mean about relating to the area - we spent some time wandering around that area on the Night of Music in June where a lot of the bars had bands playing outside - a really happy time! So sad for all those affected by this dreadful act of terrorism! Chrisx

Kirsten Alicia Sheridan said...

A wonderful tribute.

craftytrog said...

Great page Helen!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

When I saw this on my sidebar, I thought how much it reminded me of the French flag. So glad the abstract was recognizable. I love how you represented the ones left to mourn, as much of the world seems to be doing right now. This is a moving tribute that was triggered by the devastating attack in Paris.

Lauren Hatwell said...

This is brilliant Helen, and a beautiful tribute too. Lx

Sarah Anderson said...

a beautiful tribute Helen, such a gorgeous page

butterfly said...

The thinking behind each element makes so much sense, but the page really speaks for itself too... an eloquent tribute to those who died and expressing sympathy with all those who lost loved ones.
Alison xx

Deborah Wainwright said...

I don't know how I missed this Helen, what a great tribute for such a sad time xx

Coco said...

Thank you again for this beautiful and great tribute to the tragedy that has happened in my country Helen.
Warm crafty hugs Coco xxx

Craftyfield said...

Brilliant page and an excellent tribute for the victims of this senseless act. The imagery (eye, tears) is well chosen.

Lauren Hatwell said...

Yay! Way to go Helen! Congrats on your win. You SO deserve it. A brilliant, brilliant journal page. Lx