A birthday collage

One of the new friends I've met in Florida had a birthday a few weeks ago and I was inspired to create a collage for her . . . 

Debbie and I first met during Gratitude Dance on Siesta Key beach in 2011.

Gratitude dance is when we free dance on the beach with or without veils (silk scarves) and invite the public to join us if they wish. They usually are very entranced by the colorful scarves in the wind. It's all about feeling grateful for our many blessings and dancing that gratitude with joy! 

Here's Debbie, when we danced together on Christmas day : )


My friends Cheryl and Kathy on the same day with more scarves and dancers in the background . . . Siesta Beach, Florida.

Debbie loves the beach, water, dancing and she also often uses this image below . . .


These were my inspirations . . . the heart, love, friendship, dancing, beach, sand & gratitude. Below is my step by step process in my studio!

1. spread gel medium

2. rip papers and apply to canvas, cover with more gel medium

The studio is more filled up now, but at the time I had just found my paints, my gel medium and my collage materials.

3. paint a heart and sprinkle beach sand

4. paint rays to resemble image, more sand from siesta key beach


5. find the saved quote -wrapper from small Dove chocolates, a 40-calorie after dinner treat!

(attach with gel medium)

6. Add loose lines with a permanent marker, wrap it up, give it to Debbie at a party she gave . . . have fun dancing the night away!! 

xo lenna

The journey is the destination.
— Dan Eldon