6.23.09 ARTchix Weekly challenge: art up an uplifting quote

Check out 'lead ARTchix' Helga Strauss' blog for more info on her creative weekly challenges! This week our challenge was to "Art up a favorite, uplifting quote". Love it! I used to produce uplifting quotes as unmounted rubber stamps called LennaLines, so this was right up my alley... in fact, I still have a ton of my favorite quotes listed on my website. Check it out!

For this bookmark I used a piece of watercolor paper, my trusty watercolor crayons, 2 ARTchix Studio images, 14K gold markers around the edges, and one of my favorite LennaLines quotes, stamped with permanent black StazOn ink. I attribute this quote to my Grandmother, even though it was (and is) a favorite saying for many people. After she died in 1994, my mother gave me a box of her letters and notes. Inside, I found a piece of paper where she had jotted down the following sentences, at age 80.

"Let not the trial of this dark day destroy your perspective; the best is yet to come.
When walls of gloom surround you, think on this; the best is yet to come. In rosey glow of joy and happiness, it still holds true; the best is yet to come.
I lost my love at 24, he came to me at 38, 'twas perfect joy. The years I cried to see my mother toil were followed by her aging years of comfort and of peace.
My years of deep depression and despair were followed by an understanding that opened doors to precious fellowship.
Yet this, at 80, I can say, as I see every sun rise from the sea, I'm sure; the best is yet to come.
-Bertha Allshouse Dimock"


Thanks again, Helga for the opportunity!


my mother & my grandmother --