The new challenge for Aurora Wings has begun and this one will last all month long. The theme is The Elements. We want to see projects inspired by Air, Fire, Water or Earth.
I've been wanting to do a project with the beautiful Sakura Fubuki Urei available HERE on AW.com and HERE on Etsy and thought this would be the perfect time. I also had the perfect cherry blossom paper from the Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime collection.
Here's a closeup of Sakura Fubuki Urei. I've colored her with Copics and cut and matted her with a die from Yvonne Creations. The added cherry blossoms and petals from Recollections and wispy cheesecloth to enhance to the feeling of the gentle breeze in the image. I've attached the image at the bottom and sides to create a pocket for a journaling card.
In Japan, the cherry blossom (sakura) is a symbol of the brilliance, fragility and fleeting nature of life. Each Spring they burst forth with an explosion of beauty, a glorious renewal, a symbol of rebirth, yet their splendor is tragically short lived. Tied to the Buddhist themes of mortality, mindfulness and living in the present, the cherry blossom is a visual reminder to pay attention and celebrate life while you have it.
This blizzard (fubuki) of petals in the wind is the end of their very short, but sweet life and the woman's wistful, melancholy or perhaps mournful (urei) expression evokes reflection, perhaps upon a life lost. My thought was that this could be sent in sympathy, with the journaling card as a place to write fond memories by either the sender or recipient.
My DT sisters have done amazing work for this new challenge so I hope you visit the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog, leave them some love, and come play along. We have a fun new FB Challenge on our Group page, too. Check it out HERE.
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I'm adding this to the DL.Art August Linky Challenge, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #62 AG, Emerald City Crafts #2 AG, TTRCD AG Aug 1-7, Jo's Scrap Shack #200! AG, Morgan's ArtWorld #15 AG, Simply Create Too Use Flowers, Simply Papercraft #49 AG, TTPH #130 AG, the Outlawz Monday Greetings Celebrate (celebration of life), the August Classic Open Design Team Challenge, the Crafty Addicts AG/Girly, and Create and Inspire #64 AG.